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ter of,toil.who came in there Iopking
for a job would feel uncomfortable
Also, there is the "cleric The Day
Book reporter found at the "desk. Said
clerk was not impolite, ofxourse. But
he was very busy when theeporter
entered. He was reading the Tribune.
And he went on reading-that organ of
progress (before election) for a full
three minutes. Then he became
aware that someone had. come into
the office and that possibly there
might be some business to transact.
"Any .jobs today?" inquired the re
"All over there," "said the clerk,
careless pointing to a pad of paper on
top of a desk.
There had been fourteen jobs on
the pad; eight had been crossed out.
"Are these all there are?" asked
"Ye-ah," said the clerk, who by this
time was deep in the Tribune again.
The reporter later was told that
every one who came into the office
i was requested to fill out an appli
cation blank. No such" blank was of
fered the reporter.
Wandering farther afield, the re
porter found Charles McMahon, su
perintendent of the office, in the
women's room. .
. McMahon took the reporter to
his private office; hastily ex
plained he had been sick for six
weeks and was just back on the job,
that he had been in the sheriff's office
for 16 years, that he had bgen in
charge of the North Side employment
office for four years, that there had
been no steady increase in thej num
ber of jobs handled in that time.
"The state offices never will be a
success," he said, gloomily. "Not until
we' find some way of getting the big
employers to use the offices anyhow.
A few years ago the state prisons
used- to send all the released men
here. Employers got to suspecting
every man we sent them. So that has
been stopped. But they'-re still suspicious.
"I sent .out a hatch of. letters to
more than 1,000 employers last year,
urging them to use the office. That
stimulated business a good-deal. But
not for long. It died down. So a
few months ago I sent "out another
batch to the same employers. But it
hasn't, done much good.. They keep
right on getting their men from the
private agencies. 4
"The. big employers won't come to
us until we get a solicitor, a man
who will make it his business to see
"Do you do much telephoning to
employers?" asked the reporter.
"No; we haven't got the men. The
clerk has all he can do to attend to
the records and othermatters."
The reporter wondered if reading
The Tribune was covered by "othe!
But McMahon himself is a grave
faced, earnest person, even, although
he is a Deneen politician. Which is
passing strange. He looks as if he
would try to get results if he knew
how with the equipment and funds
at his command.
He spoke sympathetically of such
of the jobless as managed to flock
into his place. But he knows nothing
of the problem of unemployment,
nothing of the keeping of records,
nothing of the piling up of convinc
ing statistics, nothing of the methods
used in Germany and Belgium, where
the1 greatest advances have been
made. J -
A remarkable report was madeTto
the New York commission on unem
ployment which sent Wm. M.
Leiseron, a University of Wisconsin
student, to Europe to study condi
tions. The report was 800 large
pages in size. It is admitted to be
the first adequate presentation of
how the problem of the unemployed
can, be solved in the present day.
McMahon never had heard of that re-,
From McMahon.,the reporter went
to .Wm.JH. Cruden, cnief state : inspec
tor of the" private agencies. "Cruden