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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1913, Image 8

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"I intend to bring the Canal street
and lower Madison- street employ
ment agencies to the attention of
Gov. Dunne. I understand a new in
spector is to be appointed soon. If
so, the man appointed ought to be
one who will pledge himself to prose
cute every employment agency -which
makes a practice of swindling men
who apply to it for jobs. That is not
being done now," Police Lieut. H. J.
Gallery, of the Desplaines street station.
Ferdinand Kabe, '27 South Sanga
mon street, swore out warrants for
the arrest of F. D. Pumphrey and O.
CBalyeat, Owners of an employment
agency at 620 West Madison street.
Two days ago, Kabe went to the
Pumphrey-Balyeat agency and asked
for a job. The agency demanded a
fee of $2.50.
"I haven't got $2.50," said-Kabe.
"How much have you got?" asked
the man in charge of the agency.
"One seventy-rfive," said Kabe
"Well," said the agency, generous
ly, "give us $1.50 and well give you
a job."
Kabe paid over the $1.50. The
agency sent him to the Railway
Equipment Co. onHockwehstreet.
The Railway Equipment Co. told
Kabe they had no job for him, never
had any job for anyone, and never
expected to have.
. Kabe went back to the agehcy and
demanded his money back. Pum
phrey and Balyeat waved him away.
"Come back in three or four days
and yve'll have a job for you.'they
told him.
Kabe beat it for the. Desplaines
street court, and sworn out warrants
against both the employment agents.
o Ch
"Do you thing it's unlucky to have
thirteen at table?" "Not if the' thirr
teenUioneispaymgfo'r the'ldlhner?' '
It' is being' whispered around,' the
City Hall that Lawrence E. McGann
will not be re-appointed commission
er of public works.-
The reason given is that "certain
contractors strenuously object to Mc
Gann as head of the public works de
partment.' And the excuse given is the Ninety
second street bridge scandal. J
One city employe has been fired
over the skimping of work on the
bridge. v
Another, Alonzo J. Hammond, en
gineer oi Dnages ana naroors, is
about due to be fired.
Hammond is said to have allowed
the use of defective stone on the
Deputy Commissioner of Public
Works Joseph Kostner has demanded
that "Building Commissioner Ericsson
fire Hammond forthwith.
Ericsson has refused, but has said'
that he will ask the Civil Service
Commission to hold an examination
for Hammond's position at once.
(Hammond never was regularly ap
pointed under civil service rules. He -has
held office for over a year as a
sixty-day appointee!)
It seems evident in all this that
Commissioner McGann has been in
no way to blame for the bridge scan
dal. Any attempt to "get McGann for
no better- reason than that the con- '
tractors', whose feet he has kept out
of the public trough, don't like hirh ,
will not reflect any credit on the pres
ent, administration.
Cubs-St. Louis, rain.. Curses!
Boston Braves at New York, rain, '
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, rain.
Athletics at Boston, rain.
New York Yankees at Washington,
rain." . .
'- Pittsburgh at Cincinnati,, wet;
grounds. ' . , '
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