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live In glass houses they shouldn't
Some of the men's styles we
women folks can't see through at all
I will have to confess, however, that
a great many of the women's styles
can easily be seen through. Espe
cially when the sun is shining.
CIVIL SERVICE. This is a true
story of public or semi-public author
ity prostituted to 'serve private inter
ests. As now constituted, a majority
of civil service commissions are com
posed of individuals -who owe their
jobs not to any special aptitude in
selecting candidates for Jthe many
different grades of employment In
the classified civil service, but-rather
to their political "drag" or as a re
ward for political services rendered.
It is also a fact that in marking
the papers theoretical and written
tests are given a higher rating than
long and practical experience in the
special line of employment sought
Then, again, should a candidate suc
cessfully negotiate the first line
trench, i. e., pass the theoretical and
written test, there are other serious
obstacles to surmount, such as se
cret investigation of his character
and antecedents, whereby vicious?
jealous, unscrupulous and vindictive
persons can defame such candidate
for the sole purpose of. ruining his
chances of success.
This is the very position in which
the writer finds himself at the pres-.
ent time. Not only has thiB certain
state civil service com'n accepted
the mendacious statements of hidden
enemies, which statements have
even, been mentioned 'in the daily
press, but it has refused a confronta
tion of the parties in order to enable
your, correspondent to clear himself
of the foul charges, and has also dis
obeyed the ruling of a judge, of the
superior court of Cook county to
submit to such a course, thereby
compelling the complainant to take
further legal action and incur fort
himself much financial and physical
inconvenience, discomfort and em
barrassment Leon Pescjieret.
PATRIOTISM, REFUGE FOR
SCOUNDRELS, (1.) Samuel John
son (1709-1784), celebrated English
author and lexicographer, wrote
something about patriotism being a
refuge for scoundrels.
So cloaking villainy behind a
guise- of patriotism is no new thing.
Governmental oppressors and po
litical rogues did so in bygone cen
turies. Their modern successors or
prototypes would indeed be fools did.
they not profit by this age-old lesson
fools If they did not take advan
tage of the '.'patriotic" weaknesses of
blinded or misguided patriots like
"Citizen." (She who wrote in. the
Day Book of Aug. 2.)
Some years ago-a' French army of
ficer was a traitor to Prance while
he was wearing his nation's military
uniform, was receiving pay from his
country, and was making daily hom
age to,hJs country's flag. He was a
fervent "patriot" (on the surface)
while he sold (secretly) his country's
fortification plans to Germany.
The treason was discovered, but it
was shifted to an innocent fellow of
ficer, who was tried, found guilty
.and. imprisoned for life in a traitor's
cell on a distant desert isle.
Later this innocent officer's
friends, Aided by some Frenchmen
who held justice to be one of the
.essentials of GENUINE PATRIOT
ISM, set out to prove his innocence
and to uncover the real traitor.
For years theirs was an uphill
fight against tremendous, odds
cabinet ministers, newspapers, army
officers, legislators, etc. Their main
obstacle, however, was the unreason
ing, misguided, blinded and fanatical
patriotism of large numbers of the
French, people. The struggle racked
and rocked the French nation al
most to the point of civil war. Par
liaments and ministerial cabinets
crashed in the conflict.