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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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I think if we all would try to help
one another in a legal and practical
way we could do away with red tape
charitable organizations. I hope Mrs.
Meder will study the question a good
deal more and think twice before she
says that workers want charity and
not work.
It is only the degenerate kind, the
tramps, that ask charity. The av
erage worker has too much pride
anout nun tnan to ask for cnanty
with, a" lot of impotent red tape be
hind it Let us live and act together
as human beings should. George
Rogers, 24 S. Sangamon st
would like to encourage a few able
writers to donate a few lines on the
siibiect of the cheap and insulting
renting agent and owner; also the
open shops that do cheap real estate
decorating. The United States is a
union and they teach cleanliness.
They employ union people on their
construction work. Their courts
grant the union scale wages. Then
to- be-a good citizen one should har
monize with, the principles practiced
by the government. All tenants
should demand the price of one
month's rent each year in new dec
orating. The best way to avoid the
insults of agents or a miserly owner
is to have the lease read granting
you the privilege of having your own
decorator, etc. Then the cheap open
shop will soon be a thing of the past
Don't be afraid to be firm in your de
mands, as rents are being reduced
and rather than have you move and
take chances of losing a month's
nnl- nvtfl VtAcif floe TtQvrtncr r voilan.
9 orate, they will cleWi up decently for
you. A Union Decorator..
The Day Book to address the attach
would like through the open forum of
eoCletter to the men employed, as con
structive and skilled laborers hy the
city of Chicago:
Mayor Harrison has for many
years past -advocated that city work
be done by day labor, as a result of
which six thousand men are now em
ployed by the city of Chicago doing
work that would otherwise be per
formed under the contract system.
There isn't the slightest doubt that
Mayor Harrison's position is the cor
rect one. Jn the first place the- men
employed by the city receive the high
est wages for the class of work they
perform; and in the next place, the
taxpayers of Chicago get value re
ceived for the money thus expended.
There is now no such thing as con
tractors' profits; there is no such
thing as skimping the work and using
inferior material1 and inferior labor,
nor fat extras to be paid later.
Should Mayor Harrison be defeat
ed there is not a doubt that city work
by day labor would be abolished.
Does this concern you? Of course it
does. As a citizen and employe of
Chicago; as one interested in your
own welfare; as one who believes
that the best is none too good for
Chicago, we ask you "to bear these
important facts in mind when you go
to the polls to cast your vote on Pri
mary Day. Mayor Harrison has tak
en an advanced step towards pro
tecting the citizens and taxpayers of
Chicago against the gf eed and avar
ice of selfish contractors. Luke F.
Cunniff, 1132 Albion av.
A BREAD LINE During the last
several weeks I have not visited any
restaurant within the confines of the
loop without being accosted by a line
of shabby-dressed and hungry-looking
people who plead in piteous tones
for a small donation with which to
buy a cup of coffee and rolls, a bowl
of soup or something to eat to allay
the pains of hunger. This is a fair
sample of the experience of the aver
age citizen, morning, noon and
The Knickerbocker hotel in New
York city has Tvhat it calls a bread
line for the poor, unfortunate hun
gry people and serves them with hot

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