THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO
The city administration is pledged
to sane economy. It is supposed to
be dead set against .pork barreling
and wildcat distribution" of jobs.
There have been rumors that heads
of city departments were not hewing
so close to the line of economy as
they rushed into print to say.
Recently the edict went forth that
city employes would have to stand
for vacations without pay, long fur
loughs and perhaps a reduction in
salary in order to get departments
within appropriation limits. Men
were laid off.
Now some one has come along
with the accusation that while the
department heads are crying "econ
omy" and frightening the old em
ployes into fear of not only their va
cations but their jobs, that these
same chiefs have been making "tem
porary" appointments in great num
ber. A temporary clerk may be em
ployed for a period of months with
out having to pass a civil service ex
amination. Handing out these jobs
is a splendid method of rewarding
political fidelity. They pay well
generally $100 a month or more.
Most of them carry not much more
work than necessity to be at the office
at reporting in and reporting out
Aid Nance is going after this sort
of business. His resolution directing
the making public monthly of the
temporary appointment list has been
referred to a subcommittee.
ANYONE WANT TO SELL A BABY
FOR A DOLLAR?
The city of Chicago has babies for
But they are baby bonds, not baby
Mrs. Cole Unger, Sturgis. Mich.,
didn't get the thing quite straight in
her head. Yesterday a letter came
into the city comptroller's office from j
I Mrs. Unger saying she understood
"babies are selling for $1 each in Chi
cago." She added: "I would surely
like a nice baby at that,"
Louis E. Gosselin, deputy city
comptroller admits he is stumped. He
is thinking of rounding up a nice,
cute, little fella that hasn't any home
to send up to Michigan and Mrs.
The baby bonds are sold in $100 $h
denominations instead of for $1,000.
The la'ter price made the bonds
"banker's paper." This price was too
high for the man of small income,
who was forced to put his money in
bank at 3 per cent and let the banker
who could buy the big bonds collect
the profit on -his savings.
MINES BREAK LOOSE AND DRIFT
ALONG SOUTH AMERICA
Madrid. Mines planted by bellig
erent European powers have broken
loose from their moorings and drifted
far south along South American
coast. Steamer Patagonia from Cadiz
reported from Las Palmas, Argentina,
today that she encountered a mine
floating In vicinity of the equator.
Rome. Squadron of Italian aero
planes bombarded Austrian camp
near Goritz with great effectiveness
Monday. Bombardment of Goritz
bridge head continuing for several
hours each day. North of Goritz re
enforced Austrian army is stubbornly
resisting Italian attempt to advance. x
Minor skirmishes east of Monfalcone.
Stockholm. Swedish schooner
Daisy, bound from England with
cargo of coal, struck mine and sank
off Aland Islands in Baltic. Captain
Stridback and four of crew drowned,
others making shore. ifc
London. Demand by English aero
nautical experts that government
send great fleet of aeroplanes to at
tack Krupp gun works at Essen had
partial answer today. Dispatches
from Paris reported that during night
several French aviators made recon
naisance over Essen.
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