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Highest-paid patrolmen of the
South Park board get $5 less a month
than the same class of patrolmen in
other parks. And they get $15 a
month less than city policemen of the
same grade. "- -.
First-year policemen on the South
Park board get $70 a month, as
against $75 and $90 a month -with
the West Park board and $75 a month
from the city of Chicago.
Joseph 'Donnersberger, auditor of
the board, appointed commissioner
thre years ago, makes no excuse or
apology for the low wages paid pa
trolmen. To a Day Book reporter,
"Yes, we pay less for policemen
than the city does. We pay $91.67
or $95 to third-year men and the city
pays $100. But the work in parks is
different It is easier to handle
crowds and keep order in a park than
to watch the traffic at a downtown
street corner or to go d6wn in the'
redlight district and make arrests as
the city policemen do. There is not
theh danger nor risk in park work."
The reporter broke in: "But don't
you want a superior type of man for
your parks, men superior in cour
tesy, alertness and thoughtfulness in
handling the needs of crowds? Quick,
intelligent park policemen give bet
ter attention to mothers and children
who come to the parks, don't they."
"The best men we need can be bad
for the amount we now pay. You
ought to see what a long waiting list
we have of good men who want to
be park patrolmen, who would work
for even less than we are now pay
ing." "But why not pay your third-year
men $100 a month and equal the rec
ord of the city and the record of the
other park boards for generosity?"
"There is no generosity in busi
ness. Operating the park system is a
business proposition. We 'buy labor
for what we can get it. At the same
time, we are charitable enough not
to discharge some of the old, useless
men on -our payrohT One young man
! could do ten times the work of ten
of these old men we have. It is these
older men that we are charitable to
that are making most complaint"
"Maybe they have larger families
than the younger men and more cares
oi money uu uo.eu suuuiu&r. .
"That's not the business of the a
"Do you consider these older men
entitled to a pension? Or do you ex
pect them to die working for the
"They are practically pensioned
now. They draw their money regu
larly for very light work."
"Do you think the South Park
board will ever pay third year police
men $110 a month as be city does?"
"If the city chooses to pay. more
than we do, the city has a right to
do sb. We have a long waiting list
If any men don't like the conditions
why don't they quit their jobs. . The
fact is most o fthe men are satis
fied but there are always a few kick-
"Mr. Donnersberger, the South
Park board is the only one that has
been compelled to hear graft charges
among its patrolmen, If there is
graft and a few patrolmen are work
ing confidence games on the public,
do you think that fact has any con
nection with the fact that you pay
the lowest patrolmen's wages of any
park board in the city?"
"Has nothing to do with the rase,
South Park board patrolmen: 1st
year, $70 per month; 2d year, $87 per
month; 3d year, $91.67 per month,
maximum. After three years any pa- k$
trolmen able to get a rating of 80
ner cent physically and centally from
Capt Richards are raised to $95.
West Park board: 1st 6 months,
$75 per month; 2d 6 months, $90 per
month; 2d year", $95 a month; 4th
year, $100 a month. ,
Lincoln Park board: 1st 60 'dayst
$60 a month; 2d 60 days, $65jer
month: increases every 60 days till
Sd year,' then"" $150 a VeaK After"