THE CURIOUS PERSON TRIES TO DISCOVER WHY THE
NEWSPAPERS ARE SO )"SOT AGIN" BARTZEN
The Plain Citizen, the Low Politician and the Manicured Politician
Help Him Out Bartzen a Vulgar Person Who Can't Be
Bossed, and Doesn't Care About Society.
The Curious Person had been
reading the Chicago dailies,
which is bad for any man, and
was very much disturbed of spirit
4 Here was a man named Peter
Bartzen in charge of the county
affairs who was just playing hob
with everything, and no one
seeming able to do anything with
You could see in a minute from
the papers what a terrible per
son this Bartzen was. They even
coined new wojds from his name
"Bartzenism" and "Bartzen
esque" and words like that.
Then they said that Bartzen
cared nothing' for law, nor order,
nor justice, nor the wishes of
other people, and just went ahead
doing the most terrible and illegal
And the funny thing Was that
no one seemed to be able to put a
stop to it.
You can see how it was with
the Curious Person. Hei just nat
urally felt that he had to go and
see this terrible man, this czar
like ruler of Cook county.
So he went to the county build
ing, and peeped the Curious
Person is timid, and anyway he
was afraid the terrible Bartzen
might bite his nose off from what
he had been reading in the papers
in the door of Bartzen's office.
And'there was Pefer S. Bartzen
standing right in the middle-of
the office, and he didn't look near
ly so terrible as the Curious Per
son had expected. i
He was a-short, stocky man,
with a long gray mustache, and
the only really extraordinary
things about him were his eyes
and his jaw.
His eyes had a way of spark
ing at you, as if the brain be
hind them were very much at'
work, and was deciding things
about you and and what you
wanted. And his' jaw was very
square, and determined, like the
jaw of a man who wouldn't 'be
likely to do what a politician
wanted him to do.
The Curious Person decided he
would gb and make inquiries
about this Bartzen man, who was
the cause of so much excitement
in foe papers.
He tried a Plain Citizen first.
The Plain Citizen'seemed very
much astonished when the Cur
ious Person asked him what was
so terrible about Peter Bartzen.
"Why," he said, "Bartzen ajn't
terrible. He's honest, arid he
likes to fight for the Under Dog."
"Why do the daily pa'pers call
him nam.es then ?" asked the Cur
. "I dunrjo," said the Plain Citi
zen. "Maybe they want his job
to give to a City Editor."
Well, there didn't seem to be
much-satisfaction about that So
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