Wednesday, January 17, 1877 - Page 4
A CbaracterUtic Action. The new municipal building business, or as Mayor Sohroeder naively oalla it, "the most honest Job ever put up" in tho City of Brooklyn, has develop ed some mcaunessoa characteristic of the members oi , the Special Committee, but Sone more strikingly bo ! than Honest John Fronoh's treatment of Mr. Michael ' J. Dody, tbe inspector. In the first place, the position was made by the Committed ior ono of the faithful j HoneBt John tbousht that Mark Phranor was deaarv - j ing of it. Mark was out of a placo, so Honost Jonn undertook to foroo his appointment In the Board. Thero was at onoe a grand kick, the upshot upshot being that Bob Hill succeeded in having having his friend Dady appoinled. Mr. Dady recently made out his bill for forty - six days at $ per day, the amount of compensation fixed by the Board, and went to French for a certificate. Hon03t John at the tune must have been suffering from ono of hfspe - riodical attackB of economy, for ho refused to furnish the certificate on the ground that the bill oovored the period between the dato oi the lnspootor'o appointment and tho lime of his swearing in. MB. DADY WAS ASTONISHED to soo French draw the lines so closely, but ho acoopt - ed the situation, doduoted the twonty days and then put in a bill for twenty - six days. Again, Honest John refnsod to give his oerfifleato. This time he objected because there were days charged for whon no work was done on the building, and consequently the inspector was not there. This completely staggorod Dady. He pocketed the bill ond retired in great oonfusion. He utterly fallod to acoount for Frenoh's solicitude for the public interests, yet ho oonsidered that the bill was a fair one. Tho resolution of the Board of Aldermen says that he shall receive $4 a day "while engagod as such inspector." Mr. Dady contends that having been appointod inspeotor, he must bo oonsidered aa always "engaged," whether work on the building Is progressing or not. He is on hand ready to do all the inspsotlon nocossary ; but the ring of the mason's trowel is not beard on the waUs of the building ; neither is the oarpentor, the plumber, nor the iron worker there. The oaso of Dady is but a repetition of the old Baying that it makes all tho difference difference in the world whose ox Is gored. If Mark Phraner had beon appointed inspector, would there have been ail this fuss about Honest John's cortifloate?