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paper, -was put inv all the offices.
The bigVdifference between the
first blue waive r-feceipts and the
present red ones is that there is riot
one word aboutybond issues in the
present red ones. - .
Here' isj-what the city employe
"I hereby acknowledge receipt of
and accept the above amount due me
for salary or wages from the city of
Chicago for the period ending
, 1913, in full payhient
of all claims for same, unless a
statute is enacted and becomes a law
irv the year 19T3 by virtue of which
the revenue from taxation fojr cor
porate purposes of the city of Chi-,
cago for the year 1913 shall be in
creased beyond the amount now au
thorized by. law as more particular
ly set out in section, one of the ap
propriation ordinance of Chicago,
passed January 2, 1913, as amended
on January 8th, 1913, and January
Nice, complete little waiver, isn't
Yfe don't know much about law,
but we've a pretty fair hunch that
that' waiver is horse-high, hog-tighjt
And you can't escape its meaning.
It means simply that unless the pres
ent legislature amends the Juul law,
city -employes have no more chance
of collecting money the city has
been sneaking from Jhem in the last!
few months than a .warren of jack
Nor did Deputy Corporation Coun
sel Hornstein throw much light on
the method by which the city admin
istration had contrived to get every
city employe to work for that bond
"It's this way," said Hornstein,
mysteriously. "Even if the legisla
ture should amend the Juul law, it
only will allow the city .to anticipate
about $2,200,000 in taxes. t .
"Now that $2,200,000 might not be
nearly enough to -pay all the back
wages and salary owing because of
I 3 3r cant cut. In fact I'm pret
ty sure' it will not be- enough.'
The reporter pondered on this.
"And if- the Juul law Is amended
and the money allowed should prove
not to be enough to pay the. back
wages owing the city employes, what
then?" he asked. -v
"That's it," said Hornstein. That's
it! If the Juul law were simply
amended and the money should not
prove enough, why the city would not
be able to pay its employes the back
pay owing them."
- "That's what I gathered," mur
mured the reporter. "But what I
wanted to know about is what will
the city-do about it just sting the
"There's where the bond issue
comes in," said Hornstein. "If the
bond issue had not passed and the
amending of the Juul law had not al
lowed enough money the employes
would have had to suffer.
"But with the money from the
bond issue in the corporate fund the
money allowed by the amending of
the Juul law can be made up to such
an amount as to allow of the payment
of the back wages due. Do you see?"
The reporter did not see, but he.
went away from there thinking
According to Hornstein, the bond
issue money can be used 'to make
good any deflcienty in the amount
allowed by thejuul law amendment.
Yet it cannot be used to pay the
back wages and salaries themselves.
That is: According to the" city ad
ministration it is quite proper to use
the bond issue, to pay part of the back
wages and salaries, but entirely jm
proper to use any part ofjt to pay
all- of the back wages ,and salaries
That may be all rightj and then
again it may be all wrong. There's
one thing that's a cinch,it's mighty -illogical.
And the one conclusion it seems
perfectly, safe to come "to is that the
city employes have been STUNG.