MANNERS & MORALS: Americana

MANNERS & MORALS

¶ Slight, 42-year-old Jerome Morris felt irascibility building up inside him during his whole three months as the superintendent, meter reader and one-man complaint department of the Cleves (pop. 1,981), Ohio water works. He had to work ten, twelve, sometimes 24 hours a day at his $69-a-week job—partly because his predecessor had run off with $4,300 in water funds. Morris' work increased when drought taxed the water system's wells. On top of all this, the town paid him on the first and third Monday of the month, and he kept running out of money before the fortnight was up....

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