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Is at the head of the faction in the board that wants an investigation of elec
tion frauds, and that Ragen lias been voting with, the faction headed by
Peter Bartzen against voting money for that investigation.
While I am inclined to believe that McConnick has been playing news
paper politics, stnVIbelieve he and those who have been acting with him
have been representing public opinion in favoring an appropriation for the
special grand jury appointed by Judge Cooper.
I don't know Ragen's reasons'for voting with' Bartzen against the ap
propriation, although I think he was taking the wrong course.
' On the other hand, it looks' as if the newspaper pounding on Ragen was
intended to separate him from Bartzen and get him over on the McConnick
An editorial in this morning's Tribune, dealing with Ragen's apology
to Coonley and McConnick, shows up several things. One of them is the
Tribune's point of view of gentlemen and roughnecks, and the other is the
purpose of the hammering away at Ragen in the newspapers that follow
the Tribune lead.
Here is the editorial In full, under the heading "The Force of Gentle
ness": "The apology offered by County Commissioner Frank Ragen to Presi
dent McConnick and to Commissioner Coonley yesterday for his recent
acts and language proves that even in SUCH AS HE a redeeming spark is
not wanting. t J
" 1 want to apologize for wliat I Baid. to Mr. McCormickand especially
for my conduct toward Mr. Coonley,' said Ragen. .'ItneVer,felt so bad in
my life as I did after I threw the book at Mr. Coonley. 'He took it in such a
manly fashion and talked so well afterward that he made me sick. I lost
my speech, for I fell; I was whipped
"These words sound genuine. They express the astonishment that a
ROUGH feels when he comes in contact with gentle jnanners-when his
billingsgate is-not responded to in the language of thTlBLACKGUARD and
his brutality of action goes unanswered.
"Ragen has had the ADVANTAGE OF ASSOCIATING SINCE LAST
.NOVEMBER WITH SOME GENUINE GENTLEMEN upon ,the County
Board,, but ithas,apparently been of -little use to him until his acts of this
week opened his eyes to what these men were and HOW DIFFERENT THEY
WHERE FROM HIM. Now that he can see this, however imperfectly, let us
hope that he will not only MIND HIS MANNERS, but that he will CEASE
TO ALLY HIMSELF WITH THAT ELEMENT OF THE BOARD WITH
WHOM"HE HAS-ASSOCIATED HIMSELF, AND THAT HE WILL OCCA
SIONALLY VOTE TO PULL THE COUNTY OUT OF THE MESS 'INTO
WHICH HE AND THEY HAVE HELPED-TO PLACE IT.;
The -capitals are mine. I emphasized certain things in the Tribune
editorial ta make them stick out prominently. - -""X 'v
First you .will .notice that from the Tribune's point of.yiew, Ragen is
a rough andMcCormick.and Coonley are "genuine gentlemen."
Undoubtedly Ragen is rough and ready. Coonley gave a gentle 'ex
hibition of conduct. But I imagine Coonley's conduct was not because he is
better educated, more cultured and of more polite manners than Ragent
but rather because of many qualities that Would have shown tip just the
same "had" he had no better educational training thjtn Ragen.
Possibly, I don't know what a genuine gentleman is,- butl have a notion
that a.real'MAN doesn't have, ta becollege-bred to he a genuine gentleman.
Ragen's firank apology showed, the 'disposition of a genuine gentleman. 0