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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 27, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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"work. Ihave done so in the past and
I will continue to do so. From 15 'to
20 men every morning this winter
came to the door of my house and
asked me to help them get work."
The debate then see-sawed like
this:
Aid. Kennedy: "If, as a personal fa
vor to me, a corporation puts a friend
of mine on its payroll I fell under ob
ligation to the corporation. I would
not be on the square with the cor
poration if J voted against it here in
the city council. Let us keep clean
hands in dealing with the gas com
pany, the telephone company and the
traction companies. When work
ingmen in my ward ask me for letters
to these companies I tell them I don't
have a pull. I must vote on wages of
employes and rates to consumers and
I can't voj.e the way I want to if I
am getting jobs for my friends.
Aid. Walkowiak: "This winter in
my ward over 1,500 have been out of
jobs. I won't go back to these con
stituents of mine and tell them I have
voted to end communication of some
kind between aldermen and the pub
lic service corporations."
Aid. Krause: "I have written let
ters to corporations asking jobs for
friends. I got nothing. I know the.se
letters aldermen write for then con
stituents are mostly a bluff. I saw
a ragged fellow come to one alder
man and ask for a letter. He gave it.
I asked-him why he did it when he
knew the poor fellow didn't have a
ghost of a chance of getting on a
payroll. He replied it gave the fellow
an idea that an alderman has a pull
and has done a favor. There are not
enough jobs to go around to all the
aldermen's constituents who want
jobs."
The motion was lost by 35 to 33.
This is the third straight year Mer
riam has asked this action. The
vote for it has increased each year.
, If the vote rises the next year as it
has in the past the rule will be adopt
ed next year.
In round numbers there are about 1
15,000 jobs in the streetrailway com
panies' control, and the telephone
company 12,000, the gas company
and Commonwealth Edison 16,000.
Mayor Thompson notified the coun
cil in his message that sometimes he
will have to veto council action. He
told gas consumers to keep their back
receipts until the courts have passed
on pending suits to lower rates.
"The people themselves," says the
message, "must be aroused to the ne
cessity of action in order to secure a
restoration of their inherent right to.
local self-government and in this way
regain the power to improve condi
tions in the traction service and reg
ulate the prices to be paid by the peo
ple for gas, electricity and telephone
service."
The two Socialists, Rodriguez and
Kennedy, asked that their votes be
recorded against confirmation of Dr.
John Dill Roberfion as health com
missioner. Aid. Kennedy moved con
firmation of appointments go over
for a week. He said:
"Business men have been consulted
on these appointments. But the Chi
cago Federation of Labor ,the wom
en's organizations and other human
groups of importance have not been
asked what they think."
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LABOR MEN MAY BE HIT BY
FEDERAL GRAND JURY. ;
Rumor says federal grand jury has
returned indictments against some
union officials and manufacturers f on
operating under agreements said to
bein violation of the antitrust law.
They relate to the use of material
not made in Chicago.
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Appellate court yesterday decided
that law providing fine for failure to
file schedule is void. State's attys
tax campaign hit by decision.
Michael Rysen found dead in gas
filled room at 2516 S. Canal st
Reason unknown.
Chas. Hinman suicided with gas in
room at St, James hotel, 37 N. Hal
sted st. Out of work.
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