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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." o o "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 it?" 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 chance. In other years reform movements have dethroned political bosses. But the "gang" has always come back! 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, self-paying boss or the responsible, public-interest-serving, definitely-remunerated sec retary. This is the choice. o o 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.