Even though the economy is booming and the federal government ended the last year with “plenty of money,” Woodrow Wilson has concluded that it is his duty to cancel the inaugural ball to save the public $95,000. The New-York Tribune reports on the decision of the parsimonious president-elect. He has sent what “is practically a command” to the inaugural committee:
After taking counsel with a great many persons, and ascertaining, as well as I could, general opinion in the matter, it is my duty to ask you to consider the feasibility of omitting the inaugural ball . . . because of the large indirect expense upon the government incidental to it . . . . While the omitting of the inaugural ball will no doubt case a good many heartburnings in Washington society, the federal government will be some $95,000 ahead as a result.