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SOLVE UNEMPLOYEDraOBLEM BY PUTTING
LABOR ON THE AUCTION BLOCK
BY JANE WHITAKER
Labor is again on the auction
block. How much do you bid?
The talk-fest commission, that lit
tle toy board of charity officials ap
pointed by Mayor Harrison to solve
the problem of the Unemployed, has
succeeded in getting the Mayor out
of a ticklish situation.
It has established a municipal em
ployment bureau to be operated in
connection with the municipal lodg
ing house, and appeals to the house
wives to give the unemployed work,
thus sweeping the problem from the
Mayor's back door right into the
More than that, the toy commis
sion gave the single job at its dis
posal to an ex-light of the United
George W. Overton is placed in
charge of the "bureau of employ
ment" and he already explains that
not o'hly is he open to bids on labor,
but that he Is going to be most par
ticular in branding labor.
You will have a chance to buy
cheap, and you can also be real
fussy and select the style that ap
peals to you, and even if you are only
bidding fifty cents for what is worth
two dollars, you can look at the tag
and reject the goods if it doesn't
harmonize with your parlor carpet
or the bric-a-brac on the mantle.
What are the kinds? You thought
they were all men and therefore all
alike? You thought they were all
created by the same God, with the
same souls, and the same brains, and
the same nervous systems to register
hurts and slights and suffering?
Why, how perfectly foolish! Ask
Mr. Overton, and he will correct you.
They must be classified like cattle,
and you judge them entirely by the
brand on the outside. Overton calls
some of them "floaters." That means
that some of them are the poor dere
licts that you never knew were walk
ing the streets without work last
year and the year before that and
the year before that, but they were.
And now they are used to walking
around, and they don't bother asking
you to help them they know they
weren't helped in the past and they
don't expect help now.
And another brand Overton is go
ing to throw to one side with the
sheep is the hoboes. Who are they?
Just the boys who were once like
your boy. Only you keep your boy
home, and if he doesn't earn enough
to pay his way, you board him for
nothing and let him keep what he
makes, and if, even then, he cannot
dress as he should, you go down in
your pocket and pay the difference.
But the hoboes are the boys who
left their homes because they
thought they could do such big things
in a city like Chicago where there
are toy commissions to get employ
ment for the out-of-work, but they
found that toy commissions hold
talk-fests, and Mayors who appoint
toy-commissions solve the problem
by putting it up to the public, and
so the hoboes are boys who only get
work sometimes, and they take it
wherever it is offered in any part of
And then there are the tramps.
Well, you won't have a chance to
inspect tags on any of these. They
don't bother working at all. They are
the me that long ago dug a little
hole in 'a city rubbish pile and buried
They can live without your auction
jobs. All they have to do is to go
into a mission and pretend to repent