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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 05, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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COCHRAN'S COMMENT
CIVIL SERVICE1. The spoils sys
tem still has a strong, grip oh party
politicians. That will be true so long
as men who want office believe, they
have to depend upon "the organiza
tion" for nomination. "The boys" of
the organisation, the ward and pre
cinct bosses, get the boys out at the
primaries and on election day. And
when their party wins the offices,
then "the boys" who did the work
want the jobs not only the jobs in
the city, county and state service, but
also jobs with the. public utilities.
Much of the time of the party bosses
is devoted to getting' jobs for "the
boys" in the organization who did
the work. In recent elections in Chi
cago, however, the plans of "the
boys" haven't always panned out
"The organization" has controlled
nominations, but hasn't been able to
control elections. One reason is that
only a small minority of voters make
their living in political jobs; g,c"d
those who are not professional par
tisans have a quite different notion
of-public service than "the boys" of
the organization have. They see m
the old parties two business organi
zations not really fighting for prin
ciple but to get control of public of
fices and jobs; and the active polit
ical workers are those who hold po
litical jobs and those who want to
hold them. This system turns up
side down the theory that public of
ficials are public servants, for the
theoretical servants aim to be, prac
tically, masters, and run government
for the job-holders instead of for the
public. Ciyil service, .filling positions
with men on merit alone and running
government along sound business
lines plays the dickens with "the or
ganization," because it lends to keep
"the boys" out of jobs. But the peo
ple generally care nothing about the
jobs. They don't care what a man's
politics may be so long as he is effi
cient and does his duty satisfacto'r- i
ily. They don't care whether Demo
crats or Republicans carry their mail,
swing the bridges, sweep the streets,
inspect paving jobs, collect taxes, as
sess property for taxation, police
their beats or put out their fires. Pol
iticians'may as well remember this.
Women are part citizens in Illinois
now, and they'll bp complete citizens
before long. They insist on effi
ciency in the public service, and
they won't be simple tools of "the
organization." They will take an
increasing interest in the public
business and I miss my guess if they
don't beat the men all ways as ma
chine smashers. I look to -see them
become sturdy champions of civil
service and the merit , system all
through.
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f
. ALL 'ROUND TOWN
"Go any envelopes without the
court letter head on it," inquired a
man of John Gardner, chief clerk in
the court of domestic relations. '
"Nope! Nothing in this court with
out a head," replied Johnny.
"Who's dead?"" inquired a youthful
attorney as he stuck his head in
State's Att'y Hoyne's office and no
ticed a great bank of-flower bou
quets yesterday.
"Harry B. Miller," replied Ass't
State's Att'y Johnson.
It was Hoyne's re-inaugural day.
"These days of spring's intermit-'
ent flopping back in winter's lap"
it's a case of 'now you've go't 'em on,
now they're off'!" remarked Att'y C.
E. Tourje, as he bowed his locks near
the desk so the court "Stenographer
could better see to read his notes.
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Washington. Rep. Madden, Chi
cago, introduced bill in congress that
would raise minimum pay of postal
employes from $800 to $1,000 a year
and maximum pay from $1,300 to
$1,500.

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