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OUR ALDERMEN ARE TERRIBLY THRIFTY, OH MY YES J
WITH MORE HUMBLE EMPLOYE'S PAY
As elaborate experts on the
proper way to be economical, our
aldermen are indeed bright and
Take, for instance, the case of
the Hon. Eugene Block, of the
The Hon. Block is an ardent
economist. He says so himself.
He was enthusiastically for cut
ting the pay of 15,000 more hum
ble employes of the city by 20
per cent, and he urged the council
to cut the salary of H. H. Evans,
engineer of the traction commit
tee, by $1,200 a year.
Thus, he explained, the finan
cial troubles of the city would
soon be things of the past.
And then an impertinent busy
body asked the Hon. Block if he
would not gladly give back 20
per cent of his own salary to help
out the poor city.
The Hon. Block immediately
drew himself up in righteous and
"I think," he said haughtily,
"'that considering the way I've
been working for the city of Chi
cago I should get a raise instead
of a reduction."
We humbly suggest that the
council appropriate some of that
money taken from the less im
portant servants of the'city and
give it to the Hon. Eugene Block.
Then there is the Hon. Jacob A.
Hey of the Twenty-third Ward.
The Hon. Hey also is a strict eco
nomist. But when asked about
giving back 20 per cent of his
pwn salary he hastened to ex
"I'd have given back 20 per cent
of my salary last year, but not
this year. It's quite impossible
As for the Hon. Ellis Geiger,
the Hon. Edward F. Cullerton
and the Hon. John Haderlein,
they all stoutly explained that al
dermen are underpaid as it is and
that their pay should be increased
instead of decreased.
As we have said, our aldermen
are great experts on the subject
of economy, but apparently this
is a bad year a perfectly impos
sible year to practice it on their
It is just possible that many of
those 15,000 employes feel that
this year of grace 1913 will also
be a bad year for a cut in their
But the 15,000 cannot help it
the aldermen are stern econom
ists, and the aldermen econo
mized on the salaries of the 15,
000 whether the 15,000 liked it or
The aspiring young author was
anxiously awaiting the postman's
ring. Finally his patience was re
warded and he hastened to know
the worst. "Hang it!" he ex
claimed, as he sank dejectedly in
to a chair, "that's what I call rub
bing it in." "What's up?" "I sent
that magazine two poems and
then sent me back three."
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