pght the Electric people, -when they'll
never forget it and never let up on
you so long as they, get a chance to
down you?" '
"Pshaw! That's what you said,"
Rogers answered. "If- you want to
know, it's because I like to fight for
the under dog."
"SCHOOLS SHOULD GOVERN
BOSSES SHOULD JGO"
Edward J. Ward.
BY EDWARD J. WARD,
Civic and Social Center Adviser,
University of Wisconsin
"What are you going to do about
That's the old challenge Boss
Tweed sneered at the people.
And the answer applies to every
city, town and rural county in Amer
ica where, by the fortune of a boss'
blunder or a searchlight's .exposure
or the extension of direct legislation
or by other circumstances, the forces
of decency and progress now have a
In other years reform movements
have dethroned political bosses.
But the "gang" has always come
The only practical way that an
adequate organization can be secured
to permanently control, instead of a
Tammany, is by the. use of the dis
trict public buildings the school
houses, which now stand idle in the
evenings, as headquarters of the all
inclusive 'deliberative organization of
the citizens headquarters for the
practice of citizenship.
The buildings stand ready. But in
order to bring about the assembling,
systematic organization and habitual
meeting of citizens, to become intelli
gent upon and to take care of the
common interest, it is necessary to
have the service of an authorized, re
sponsible district clerk or secretary
on the job to look after the details
of arrangement, announcement, min
ute keeping, and so on.
It' is unreasonable to expect that
plain, every-day citizens will assem
ble for orderly, organized, all-sided
consideration of what is everybody's
business and nobody's special busi
ness without the publicly paid ser
vice of a clerk or secretary.
Every city, tow nand rural county
which is to. get along without pri
vate control of the public business by
a Tammany should create the office
of general civic secretary. This man
may well be appointed an associate
or assistant to the superintendent of
schools responsible for the use of
these buildings as citizens' common
council chambers, and for all the
other things that we are finding they
can be used for without interfering
with their present service.
Boss or secretary. That .is. the al
ternative the irresponsible, private-interest-serving,
or the responsible, public-interest-serving,
retary. This is the choice.
Twenty thousand people, in. New
York are engaged in underground
work. But there are more than that
there at underhanded work.
Every man has eight notes in his
voice, says a music teacher. That's
a better place to have notes than in
the hands of a pestiferous creditor.
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