There is only one reason for it; when we were changing the table with reference to senior clerks we thought it was well that the whole table, which has been in existence for a long time, should be changed and therefore we propose to deal with all classes. The great bulk of the officers who are in the service now would not require to have this table altered for their sake at all because there is plenty of latitude to give them an increase under the old table. But, in changing this item we thought it well to change the whole table so that it would not have to be changed again. I want to make that point clear, because I do not want to have the officers disappointed. It must not be imagined that because the maximum is increased so many hundreds of dollars that they are to get the full amount. It only means that the department may be at
liberty by degrees, and as the officers on their part deserve, to grant them increases in order that they may ultimately reach that point.