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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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FINDING JOBS FOR JOBLESS THE
DUTY OF A NEW CITY BUREAU
MBHif
-ROSERT W. SPEER
Denver, June 1. Denver has the
first municipal industrial bureau in
the U. S. as the result of the election
of Rob't W. Speer as mayor and the
overthrow of commission govern
ment after a three-year trial.
Speer, formerly mayor for two
terms and retired in the face of a re
form movement four years ago, was
again elected to office under a char
ter drawn by himself and naming
himself as mayor.
The charter is unique in American
city 'government because of its pro
vision for extreme centralization of
power under one man and the cre
ation of the industrial bureau.
Speer will appoint our business
men to the commission in charge of
the bureau and is himself a member.
The commission is to encourage lo
cal industries, investigate businesses
which are not showing proper re
turns on the capital invested, act as
efficiency experts for local firms and
find jobs for the jobless.
Speer plans that wherever the
commission finds a worthy firm la
boring under difficulties the members
sfJaTT examine its methods and, if it
is justified, help secure credit at rea
sonable interest.
Speer's industrial plan is the out
growth of a tour of Germany sev
eral years ago as a member of the
U. S. chamber of commerce munici
pal investigation commission.
The new charter centraliees every
executive function of Denver's gov
ernment under Speer. He has power
to make appointments to almost
every city office, except the lower po
sitions in the fire and police forces,
which remain under civil service. He
will name a cabinet of four to take
charge of the principal city depart
ments. These four can make their
own appointments, but all are direct
ly responsible to the mayor. He can
remove them at his pleasure.
The legislative side of the govern
ment is vested in a council of nine
elected members. This council must
also vote all appropriations after the
mayor has made an estimate of the
funds needed.
Speer's chief argument was that a
city should be governed as is a cor
poration by a single responsible
head who will receive all blame or all
credit. The commission form of gov
ernment tends to scatter the respon
sibility, according to Speer.
WARD ENGWEERS' STRIKE OVER
Strike of 40 engineers, Ward bak
ery, 55th and La Salle, satisfactorily
settled today by telephone. When
men walked out, Al Peterson, busi
ness agent, Local 401, United Steam
Engineers, got the Ward manager on
the telephone and got a 15 per cent
increase in wages.
Seventeen railroads will issue
statement this evening in reply to
demands of freight handlers for 15
per cent increase in wages, an eight
hour day, half Saturdayholiday and
overtime pay. Five railroads have
signed up.
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Fed Judge Landis confirmed sale of
Milwaukee Electric Ry.

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