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the .Curious Person went toa
Politician. He was a Low Poli
tician, who went about in-his shirt
sleeves, and did many funny
things in order to keep control in'
"Aw, Bartzen ain't got no horse
sense," said the 'Low Politician.
"He'salways fightin' about some
thing, an' he wont let well enough
alone. Then he's bullheaded.
'When the men higher up try to
call him off he talks rough stuff,
' and tells the men higher up to
"Why do the papers attack
him so much?" asked 'the Curious
. "Ain't I just tellin' you? He's
always star tin' something! An'
then he's gone an' attacked a
bunch of society women, and that
got" him in bad with thepapers,
of course." "
Stilf, this did not.seem to ex
plain everything. So the Curious
Person wentvon until he came to
another ' sort of Politician one
who wore -gloves and manicured
his finger nails.
"What's the matter with Bart
zen?" asked tVe Curious Person.
The Manicured Politician look
ed at the Curious Person very
"Why, he's nothing but a hod
carrier, a low, common hod car
rier," he said.
"But that'doesn't prevent him
making a good president of the
county board, does it?" asked the
"You don't know very much
about Chicago politics, dp you?"
The Curious Person aHmitted,x
with a shamed face, "that he had
always been honest so far. -,
"Well, Bartzen can't go -into
society. He couldn't wear a dress
suit if he triell to not, and make
it look right. v
"And then he hasn't.any tact.7
If a proposition is made to him,
and he doesn't think it's square,
he says so, right, out, and some-r
times he uses bad language." .
"That is '.very 'wrong of him,"
admitted 'the Curious Person..
"But still, it does not prevent'himl
being a good president of the .
county board, does it?"
"What has that to do w'ith it?'
asked the Manicured Politician
The Curious Person explained
rather lamely that he thought 'the
people elected Bartzen to carry on
the affairs' of the county board,
and not to wear a dress suit, nor
be careful of his -language when
propositions Were made to him..
. "You are green, aren't you !",
cian. "The people have nothing
to do with this. It is the pohti-.,
cians higher up who aTe grie,ved
at Bartzen. He has upset things,j
and fired friends of the men high-.
eh up, but worst of all", he has ac-
cused society women of betray-j
"How did that come about?'1'
asked the Curious -Person. r
"Well, when Bartzen got into.
office he made an investigation
instead of keeping his eyes shuty
and he discovered that some so
ciety women were doing' some"
county, s money, ana that nttlq