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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 26, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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WORTH $60,000 PER?
Many weeks ago Aid. Kennedy in
troduced a resolution into the city
council asking for a reduction in sal
ary for Leonard Busby,, the $60,000
a year president of the Chicago Sur
face lined.
The council transportation com
mittee put it tip to the board of su
pervising engineers, who, after
months of research work, have
handed back their report.
The report proves, to the satisfac
tion of the board of supervising en
gineers, that Busby is getting a
smaller salary than other street rail
road presidents when the relation be
tween the salary of the president
and the receipts of the company is
The report is signed by Bion J.
Arnold and in it he tells how sorry
he is that he is unable to give the
names of the companies he cites as
paying their presidents a larger per
centage bf their income than Chica
go. He states that the information
was given him as confidential and
that he could not hand it to the1 al
dermen. Aid. Kennedy's resolution asked
that Busby's salary be reduced to
$18,000, the amount received by the
"I would like to have the commit
tee ask the board of supervising en
gineers why the street car company
finds the services of Busby So valu
able," said Kennedy.
"If he wasn't worth that much
would the cdinpany employ him?"
asked Aid. Kjellander.
"There is a difference of interest
here," replied Kennedy. "BUsby
might be worth that much for the
company because of his Skill in hin
dering the orders of the city for bet
ter street car service and maintain
the low standard of service they now
have. I certainly, for one, do not
consider him worth the salary now
paid. I'm wondering what he is ac
tually worth, and as the city of Chi
cago pays 55 per cent of his salary
it is ib our interest to know."
Aid. Thomas J. Lynch moved to
publish and put on file the resolution.
His motion was concurred in.
Taking the report as accurate one
finds that some very important
points are left out by the board of
supervising engineers. They fail to
tell how many bf the cases they cite
are franchised companies.
Many of the companies in other
cities pay so much per car; and,
where the city does not get 55 per
cent of the profits of the company,
it's to the Interest of the stockhold
ers to decide whether or hot they are
paying their presidents tdo much or
too little.
The city pays Busby more money
each year than it pays the mayor,
and look at the service Chicago gets
in return.
The cases against George Koop
and four other free speech advocates
arrested in Holdeii ct and at 66th
and Halsted sts. were nonsuited
when they appeared before Judge
In other words, after beiiig beaten
Up by the, police for holding a meet
ing oh Holdeii ct., a city street
which happens, to be between the two
stbres of Mandel Brbs., the speakers
were released because the police
knew their cased were too weak.
Mandel Bros, have built below, on
both sides of and over Holden ct
The free speakers wished to meet
there, but then, you know, meetings
are liable to make Mandel's alley
Sb police were called when the
speakers held their first meeting
there. Clubs and fists broke up the
crowd which came tb listen.
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M. J. Faherty, pres. Bbafd of local
improvements, says he has ideal sub
way plan and is ready to start work
if given permission by council.
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