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LETTERS TO EDITOR
CITY HALL NEPOTISM
Editor Day Book Applying the
nepotic law as promulgated by no
less a dignitary thaft-Prof. James of
the University of Illinois, whose pros
pective son-in-law was recently elim
inated from the faculty, it is a mat
ter of some interest to call attention
to an office in the city hall over which
no such fine discrimination has been
maintained by its illustrious admin
istrator. To speak plainly the assistants in
this office are as follows:
The wife's brother, the wife's aged
uncle, the wife's sister's husband, the
wife's sister's divorced husband
(same sister), brother of the wife's
girlhood friend, the incumbent's ne
prew, and a protege of Roy West
Puzzle Find the office.
I dassent sign my name. A Mem
ber of the Force.
PARTY GOVERNMENT
Editor Day Book The city council
has been spending a day and a night
in making a budget. This relates to
the pocket of every citizen of Chi
cago. How many voters will pass
over the sporting page and consider
something of real importance.
The budget deals with $90,000,000.
This is $45 for each man, woman and
child in Chicago. Where does the
money come from and for what pur
pose is it to be used?
The council does not expect to get
$90,000,000. But it expects to follow
the wasteful and profligate policy of
all past administrations and get every
dollar that can be squeezed from the
people by taxes that come ultimately
from the labor and capital of the city.
Millions are stored up in the trac
tion fund which came from a two
cent tax on street car users. Street
car users are mostly men, women and
children who work for wages that
barely sustain life. The bulk of the
fund come from the poor, who need
every cent of their earnings and are
suffering from poor food, poor cloth
ing, poor shelter and from lack of op
portunity to earn a decent living.
There are millions in the water
fund. The bulk of it comes from over- f !
charging the mass of the people for " '
the water they use. These funds are
a constant temptation to the politi
cians that we put in office. They ;
look with longing eyes upon this
plunder and seek some legal way to
divert it from its legitimate purpose
to swell the plunder fund that goes
to maintain our rotten system of gov
ernment by political parties.
Parties do not govern, but always
misgovern. They do not seek to bene
fit all the people, but simply to per
petuate party existence and party
power. So to turn out one party and
put another in is to perpetuate rob
bery under another name.
Party government should be abol
ished, especially in municipal affairs.
Pointing with pride to the record of
any party is accentuating our ignor
ance and calling attention to a
shameful history of -bad administra
tion of public affairs.
The voters who permit such condi
tions should devote a little of their
time to getting a knowledge of public
business. It is their business, and if
they set about it they can have it
done so that efficiency, economy and
honesty will replace the present
profligate and wasteful system.
It is a good time for us to begin
thinking now. Here is this $90,000,-
000. Where does it come from? The w
greater part of it comes from the U'
labor and capital that produces the
wealth of the city. Some of it comes
from monopoly. The tax-eaters are
ever seeking to tax the wealth-producing
forces more and lessen the
burden upon monopoly. They are
seeking to increase the tax upon per
sonal property.
Every move they make in that di
rection will decrease" the wages of
labor, increase unemployment, make
the poor poorer, increase the power

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