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HAS POLITICS EVOLVED SPOILS-WOMAN TO
COMPETE WITH SPOILS-MAN?
BY JANE WHITAKER
Has the spoils-woman become a re
ality in politics incenipetition with
the accepted spoils-man, the hanger
on after politicians, the chaser of
elusive jobs, the haunter of politicians
with something to give, the profes
It is a fitting time to consider the
subject now that the press thrills with
the story of alleged payment of graft
of one woman to another.
Mrs. Louise Osborne Rowe, accused
of forcing Mrs. Page "Waller Eaton to
pay toll for a job in the department
of public welfare, was given her job
as a spoils-job. She was a friend of
the wife of Mayor Thompson and she
had done some political work for the
mayor. The job as head of the bu
reau pays $5,000 a year. A few weeks
after she had taken the job a news
paper reporter called to interview her
and was amazed when Mrs. Rowe,
holding a social service job, admitted
she knew nothing of social service
workers who are most prominent and
asked the reporter to "give me some
tips so I will know what to do."
Airs. Page Waller Eaton had work
ed for Mayor Thompson. She was
given a job as sup't of the bureau of
social surveys in the bureau at a sal
ary of $3,000 a year, and at a meet
ing of United Charities and other so
cial service workers she made a
speech in which she appealed for
They were two spoils jobs and two
women who successfully landed spoils
jobs, but there are in the city today a
number of women who bitterly assail
the Thompson administration be
cause they were not given spoils jobs
they say were promised to them, and
other women who trailed Thompson's
official job-giver, Fred Lundin,
through the several rooms he main
tained at the Hotel Sherman, who
beat a path from the hotel to the City
Hall, who suffered a hundred humili
ations and swallowed each and every ,
one of them until they finally landed
not the job they expected to get, but -a
I have talked with many of them.
I have listened to their underground '
gossip about the administration, to
their bitterness and to their constant
repetition: "I plugged for Thomp
son and I was promised a job, but
Lundin welched," and it very fre
quently has been followed with this:
"Do you know anybody with pull -to
land me a city job?"
Not more than a month or so ago
I talked with a woman who sounded
sincerely anxious to devote all her '
time to uplift work for the sake of '
the work she might do, but just as
the interview was closing she said:
"Fm going after"a job as proba-'
tion officer. I worked in this ward at
the election and I think something is '
coming to me. I ought to get a job '
for what I've done."
In more than one case with which
I am personally familiar the spoils
woman is on the scrap-pile of life un
less she can get a political job, for
she seems unable to get the virus of
such a job out of her veins and return
to the work she did before she be-
came so inoculated.
During the campaign a woman
with whom I am acquainted worked -for
Sweitzer with a spoils-job as her
goal. Sweitzer went down to defeat
and the spoils-job with him, of course, ,
but the woman who had worked at a ..,
trade that paid her from $14 to $18 a ,
week before she became inoculated
with the spoils-job idea seemed utter
ly unable to gather up the threads of ,(
her every-day existence again. She -r
works sometimes and she barely t
keeps herself in existence at others, t
while she schemes to get into the.
game again and win one of the big
plums she anticipated having drop in -r
her hands before.
During the campaign one of the
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