Thursday, January 18, 1877 - Page 4
A. Characteristic Action. The new municipal building business, or as Mayor Schroeder naively oalla it, "the moat honest Job ever put up" in the City of Brooklyn, has developed somo meannosses oharacterlstio of tho members of the Bpeoial Committee, but none mora strikingly so than Honest John French's treatment of Mr. Michael J. Dady, the InBpootor. In the first place, the position was mado by the Committee for one of the faithful Honest John thousht that Mark Phranor was deserving of it. Mark was out of a place, so Honest John undertook to foroo his appointment in the Board. There was at once a grand kick, the upshot being that Bob Hill snccoodod in having hla friend Dady appointed. Mr. Dady recontly made out his bill for forty - six days at $1 per day, the amount of compensation fixed by tho Board, and wont to Frenoh for a.cortifieate. Honest John at tho time muar have boen suffering from ono of his periodical attacks of eoonomy, for he refused to furnish the oertiflcato on the ground that the bill covorod the period between the dato or tho inspector's appointment and the time of his swearing in. MB. DADY WAS ASTONISHED to eeo French draw tho llneB so oloBely, but he accepted the situation, doduotod the twenty days and then put In a bill for twenty - six daya. Again. Honost John refused to give his certificate. This time he objeoted because there wore days ohargod for whon no work was dono on the building, and consequently the inspoctor was not there. This completely staggered Dady. He pocketed tho bill and retired in great confusion. Ho utterly failed to account for French's solicitude for the public Interests, yet he oonsidcrod that the bill was a fair one. Tho resolution of the Board of Aldermon says that he shall receive 11 a day "while ongaged as suoh inspector." Mr. Dady oontends that having boen appointed inspector, he must bo considered as always "engaged," whether work on tho building is progressing or not. He is on hand roady to do all the inBpectlon necessary ; but tho ring of the mason's trowol is not beard on the walls of tho building ; neither is tho carpenter, the plumber, nor the iron worker there. The oase of Dady is but a repetition of the old Baying that it makes all the difference in tho world whose ox is gored. If Mark Phraner had boen appointed Inspootor, would there have been all this fuss about Honest John's certificate?