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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 13, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 8',
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DON'T GET. GREEDY, UNCLE
The superior merit in public over private ownership lies in the fact
that it can do the thing which ought to be done without first having to meet
the demand of a-few for profits. It does not have to make cash profit in or
der to stay in business. It can make instead a profit in social welfare, which
is the best profit there is.
For years the postoffice department has striven to show a cash surplus.
That is not important; it has been over-emphasized. The department's real
job is to give the best service possible and to be a generous employer.
Just now the department is trying to deprive many of its faithful work
ers of a regular, once-in-s,even day of rest. It has busy seasons and slack
seasons and it wants its clerks to work continuously during the busy sea
sons and to take their days of rest in the slack seasons.
The only reason advanced for such a policy is that it would enable the
department to get along with a smaller appropriation. It apparently thinks
more of saving a few dollars than of saving the welfare pt its workers.
Dollars are not what Uncle Sam should put first; by taxing the un
earned wealth of privileged individuals he can get plenty of dollars. His
chief concern shoud be to set greedy private employers a rebuking example
of liberality and fairness. Every dollar he skimps at the cost of humanity
is a dollar to be ashamed of, not proud of.
The clerks in Uncle Sam's postoffices earn all they get. They are as
clearly entitled to their weekly day of rest, every week in the year, as are
any other clerks. It is pretty small business in First Assistant Postmaster
General Roper and Representative Moon to try to legislate them out of it.
Little Miss I should like to find
some gloves that will fit me.
Clerk-So would I, madam.
MAN FOUND IN CAVE SAYS HE
"HAD TO LIVE SOMEWHERE"
Litchfield, III., Feb. 13. Out of
work, John Gurski, 22, a Pplander,
was found by Sheriff S. J. Kiggins
living in a cave in the timber near
Taylor Springs today. The man ex
plained he had dug the hole in the
ground with his own hands and
"I had to live somewhere," he said
today, "and when I lost my job in
Litchfield three weeks ago I couldn't
pay rent. Anyhow, I kept warm and
"What did you eat?" he was asked.
"Oh, I caught a bird and a rabbit
occasionally, picked up some corn in
the fields and when "there was noth
ing else a neighbor's chicken came
over to see me."
Gurski has been in America two
The ordinary crew of one of the
big Trans-Atlantic, liners numbers
more than 800.