National Affairs: Dead Animals

Controller Charles C. Fitzmorris of Chicago last week added up the city's debts & assets.

Chicago owed $1,045.431.

Chicago possessed $13,310.

Deficit: $1,032,121.

Chicagoans groaned again to think they ever re-elected Mayor William Hale (''Big Bill") Thompson. Chicago had had no such deficit since 1917, when the first two years of Thompsonism necessitated a special bond issue. One unprovided item was $56,700 for removing dead animals from Chicago's streets this year. This item is traditional on city budgets, usually as a fat morsel of graft. In the case of gang-ridden Chicago, people interpreted the phrase "dead animals" as a euphemism for something far more grisly...

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