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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 10, 1912, Image 2

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striker whose wages was reduced 22 cents a week because the law
reduced his hours of labor from 56 to 54 hours a week.
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By Norman
New York, Feb. JO. "Why is
it that my neighbor and his wife
save mpney, while my wife and I
run into debt, when I earn as
much as my neighbor does or
Over and over again this ques
tion is 'asked by the thoroughly
puzzled man who does run into
debt. 'There is one man in New
York who knows the answer, in
this particular case, and was
frank enough to tell it, in a letter
to an evening paper. Probably
his analysis of his case wo'uld fit
many another. This is the letter:
"Ten years ago I married: a
few weeks later a friend married
my wife's sister.
"This friend and I have been
since our marriage employed by
the same firm; our salaries have
been practically the same, though
for two years past I have been re
ceiving $200 a year more than he
as compensation for extra work.
"My brother-in-law and I live
on the same street within three
blocks of each other; we pay
about the same rent; we patronize
the same "butcher and grocer; he
has two children, I have none; it
has cost him more than it has cost
me for table supplies, clothing,
household furnishings, etc.; his
home is comfortable as mine, if
not more so. My brother-in-law
has between $5,000 and $6,000 in
savings banks and I am about $50
in debt.
"What is the explanation?
Nothing wonderful or extraord
inary My sister-in-law, since her
marriage, has done her own
housework and laundry work;
this saved $20 a month servants'
hire, $8 a month servants' food
supplies, and at least $6 a month
laundry bills, a total saving of $35
a month.
"I go to a restaurant' each day
for my lunch; my brother-in-law
carries a couple of sandwiches
from home. I get shaved in a
barber shop,' my brother-in-law
shaves himself. I smoke cigars;
he smokes a pipe. I patronize a
bootblack, he shines his own v
shoes. My brother-in-law and
his wife are thrifty, my wife and
I are not.
"What they have done has not
been remarkable except in one
thing the money they save'd by
good management was not spent
in some extravagance, such as
jewelry, furs, theater tickets, etc.,
it went into savings banks, and
the systematic accumulation of
these small sums has provided my
brother-in-law and his wife a
foundation on which to build a
competency for their old age. My
wife and I are worse off than
when we married, for we are 1Q
years older.
"My brother-in-law and his
wife have not practiced any close
economy, they have not been pe
nurious or miserly; they have
simply been prudent and exercis
ed a little, not much, self-denial;
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