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The Washington times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, October 16, 1921, SUNDAY MORNING, Image 15

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Tics Prober Finds
God Paying Places
Os Each of Six Tips
From Want "Ads."
UsRE is no army of unemploy
ed An Washington in the sense
that the term conveys.
Tkmer are people out of work here.
They divide themselves naturally
woit three classes.
there are people who are anizous
to get jobs. And there are people
who don't want to work-wouldn't
Work under any circunstanoes.
But Washington In fortunate and
the honest working people living
within her gates are fortunate.
A Washington Times reporter,
taking a leaf from Mr. Ledoux's
bool. spent a week in the highways
and byways of this city looking for
the gfeat army of the unemployed.
It may be said here that for every
man out of work In Washington,
* there Is a job of some kind waiting
for him. In his assumed role of a
"down-and-outer" from Chicago, the
reporter had no trouble in -securing
six positions last week and none of
them paid under $4 per day.
Washington's unemployed can be
divided into three classes. First,
there is that class who always pre
tend they are looking for work, and]
if offered a job would discover %
"friend" they Wanted to see at the
other end of the town. They hang
arund the corners all day, telling
each other what a rotten city Wash
ington is and whispering confiden
- tiatly that a revolution is sure to
come if things doirt get better
mighty quick. A
Another class is made up of the
ex-soldier who In In Washington
waiting for Uncle Sam to do some
thing for him. These boys have not
yet adapted themselves to peace
time conditions. They are willing
to work and want Jobs, but after -
eir .aspIeees toi the fields of
France & clerkship in an office and
be rg4layuting f gh hours a
dayo not appeal to then.
In otber words., then have not yet
foundthemselves. They keep put
tiig off the search for work from
day to day. -It is not laziness with
them; It is just that it In a mighty
far cry from the song of the shells
to the murmur of the typewriter
and they are reluctant to start.
The third class is composed of
the Government clerks who lost
their positions when Uncle Sam
cut down, his war time forces.
Many of them had held down their
desks for years aid when they
were 0ismissed they received the
blow in a daze. They juet can't
uniderstand It. They imagine they
are not Ot for anyjhing eAe and
Iastead of hugjing out anti getting
a strangle hold on the first good
job in sight, they sit around the
house and wonder wh-t. in the
deuce is golryx to happen to them.
Do yqu remember the littlje ladiy
we used to see munching her i
lunch on the lawns around the
Glovernment buildings at noon
time? Well she is, still with usi
and you can see her shooting down E
F street in her short skirts and
slk stockings any evening. To be
mure her smile is a bit grlrmmer
and there is a fighting look In her
eyes, but she has given her for
sner masculine co-workers in the
Government departments a splen
did example.
When she lost her Covernmnent
positiop she did not ruin the 'par
pet In her hall bedroom by shed
ding tears aiJ over it. She go: out
and hustled! Any old job at any
obi' salary was the right little job
for her.
No kind gentleman from Bioston
drifted Into town, mounted a soap
bgy and tpld her troubles, to the
world. No bread lines were formed
flor her and she never did care for
trsong. Wihe wajs and is fight-.
urg a lone hand and she has won
out. That rent for the hail b.NI
room is paid and while perhaps s'he
don't have chicken to eat three
tlines * 4py, the flush of healthy
young womanhood Is still In her
Nothing doing on, that back to
the farm movement for Nellie and
)Cetie and Gertie. They will stick
r~*lit hge In Washington and the 1
weekly letters they write back to
the old fpiks at home~ always con
1an a greenbeck or two along with
the gigging account of the won
derful times they are having.
The Washington Times reportsr,
in his character of a Chicago bum,
mnet "Lefty" in front of the Indm,-. t
trial Home of the Salvation Armv on.
aser Peansylvania avenue. Lefty's 1
-a-a- an--a- t e . ... t leas s
Photo at top shows "Mr.
~ero" and his unemployed at
he District building. Below
,re four ex-service men
ager to find jobs.
i sergeant in the "great army'. of 'he
.iinmploye~d," andi was4 ostefnibly
waiting until he had successefully nie.
rotiatedl the loan of a setreet car
okeni from a benevolent old gent ic
nan, to ride to Georgetownj to lockt
or work. The Timer mant ventur'd
iea r.
"Why work?' mnuned Lefty penr.
'ively, an he idly kicked hin heeln
Lgainst the park coping, anid "tast
tlances of sympn thy at 'he mnen en
raged in repairing the street caLr
racks at the corner, aind there he
aughed, contemptuously.
''That guy from Honton wanted t'o
ake me out to North Duk'lota and in.*
roduce me to Rome thingse he called
lows and hoes and rakes and threnlh
ng machinery. aend when T told hlim
ny heart was weak, he enlied me -1
larasite. I don't know whether he
eas cussing meo or not. IBut-why
pork? A guy an lonf right here on
hi. corner and get aill he wnnts .to
at-and a drink ever no often."
There were grunts of approval
rom his conmpanione. A heottle np
eared from nomne miynteriouse sottrrp
*nd all handn took a drink. There'
rere nlghn of natinfaction, andi as
unming more comfortnbl( attituden,
he boys were noon deep ir an argi
mient an to which one of the party
hould panhandle the next like.'v
eoking prospect that camne down
ennsylvanla avenue.
"Any chance for a job in thin masn's
rewn?" the reporter asked.
"D~urn if I know. tio upv to The
P'ahiungton Time. office and ask ho
== n tot et youlnk ate a a. I.n ,
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cener ho
the jobless
men who,
made pleaa
her last
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Another ex-war workdr, who
is not bothered by leisure.
over* publicly j)rOfve4Ring rep.~nt
ance for your aine while the
pre.a(her prayed for you.
t4eve'nih ~tre'et wa~ reached and
here Lefty and the' Mtran~t'r re
CeiVeci ft 1C)VOI WC'iCOIiW froiei about
a d.eze'n young men who were
lounging on the' ~tonc coping that
runs around the' parking. In
quiricie were mode a~ to the amount
of coin T~,fty had in hI~ poaao.e~ion.
JJe~ ietnditcod twenty eent~ and
looked nncioeaely itt the ietranger.
*'Want to kick in for a hottl~ of
l~'~eh 7' he inquired.
The' dollar wn~ prndue'e'd. There
wmee a jwnu~ ye-li. Lee'lty add~d
biN tweflhl' cinim. ofte' or two of
the' of her. tbre'w lo a 4iwt. each
Below: "Texa Bo,
kngtofterodnw ee
"Itsosve U'cbock Led' oup
whlow: sadTexasBb,
apprhof n ten roadnow haer
huwe were apaun wth toawof
forttls of per. "eract lho wase
mn ome popeinfonsf.h
nsren ctub the nbut for "gret
army. ofi texaemlye.s'h
aproal asdon and th ae
boy sfom e "m1)0Inrontre'shed
quarters" at Seventh stre~et pressed
Lefty was rewarded with a halt
dollar. Texas got a quarter and
one of the gang wanted to tight
because some elderly man offered
him a position paying a dollar and
a half a day with board and room,
to look after the chickens at the
old man's oountry place out Rock
ville way.
"Come on, get some more peach."
said Tegaa to Lofty. Once hack at
the parking Texas secured two more
bottles. This disposed of, there was
a few moments of conversation, and
then Lefty suggested we'd better be
beating it for the mission. The
services were almost over when we
entered the modest little mismion
building on Four-and-a-half street.
The last hymn was sung, and then
ihe unselfish little band of workers
p.assed through the crowd whisper
ing a word of cheer here and there
and pointing out the benefit. of a
dorent life to the half hunidred dere
lk tm gathered in the hall. Lefty and
- -- *.- nthe wer.eqnov.e.s
"Mr. Zero- Fns Wl
Ing Listers Ba Vt
Few Workers In His
Survey of Jobless.
again. and a little later we trouped
upstairs to the beds awaiting us.
The next morning they gave us
coffee and rolls, an waving a hond
to the bunch. Tbe Times repregenta
tive started out to look for a job.
The "gentleman in charge" of the
counter at The Times office, obliged
the "down-and-outer" with a free
copy of The Washington Times et
the previous evening'W issue. There
was a whole column of male help
wanted advertisements. and right
near the top of it was ene for repn
to sell magasines from house to
hou~.e. The address was a number
in the 1300 block of F street, and
soon the reporter, looking for work.
was telling the manager of the place
what a good salesman he was.
The proposition cailed for men to
get people to sign a contrac, to tAke
several magazines for a year. The
salesman got $1.45 on each order.
The man from The Timts worked
five hours snd made four sales, and
he never had any sales experience
bgfore. Five dollars and fifty-five
cents for four hours' work was
pretty fair wages. Lefty panhandled
on Pennsylvanii avenue, from 7
o'clock that mornfng until 5 in the,
afternoon, and he succeeded in
gathering in $1.15 cents from
There's a little boarding and
rooming house on L street not a
mile from Fifteenth street. It was
here the "down-and-outer from Chi
cago" traded the most of hi. $4.5 for
a hall bedroom on the top'floor. It
was here he came into contact with
the game little lady who once was a
Government war worker and is now
almost .anything from a telephone
operator to a dishwasher.
The "dowa-edouter" from Chi
cago was on the-job the first thing
the next morning. This time he an
swered an advertisement that call
ed for an active man to adt as a
clerk in a patent attorney's office.
It was after 10 o'clock in the morn
ing when he reached the attorney's
office, but no one had applied for
the position and The Times man was
soon deep in the duties of filing, and
teaching a 1908 model typewriter
how to behave.
The job paid $25 a week. . The
work consisted of filing, a little
research work and answering let
ters. The hours were from 9
in the morning until 4130 in
the afternoon. And Lefty and his
gang were out on the Avenue beg
ging a dime from any and all they
met. Funny what soms people con
sider work.
An hour later found the "down
and outer" established behind the
counter of a paint and hardware
store on Capitol Hill. This position
called for a man to be on the jump
every moment. The work was not
hard and required no especial expert
encp, but it kept a man very busy
every moment. The position paid
four dollars a day.
Thursday found the reporter a full
fledged assistant to a real estate
agent in the Union Savings Bank
All that he required of his as
sIstant was a little work on the type
writer and have him hustle out now
and then and show houses to poe
qible buyers. Ten o'clock until four
in the afternoon were the offkce
hours and the salary was $30 a week
and a commission on any house. (ne
assistant was Instrumental in sell
An alluring sdvertisnement ap
peared in the help wanted oi0hsmn
of The Times Thursday eve'ning.
It called for a man to clerk in a
cigar store and bright and early
Priday morning the "down and
outer" was on the job., After a few
questions prainptly answered the
explained to him. All he had to
position was secured and the dutlee
do was to sell cigarn and maga
zines and not steal over five pack
ages of cigarettes each day. That
was one soft job all right and thec
65 a day it paid was earned very
Saturday, the "man from C'hi
c'ago" woirmd up hlqweek's expert
encesn with the artny of the unem
piloyed by getting a job as a no
hltor with a laundry oat in the
Mt. Pleasant section, The pay
was on a commission basIs, but
the "down and muter" found i'
easy to make more than 14 weh
54cvelrnl hours' effort.
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