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Cheyenne Record.
VOL. 2
Washington Letter,
By Edward Keating,
From Colorado.
There is something radically
wrong with Uucle Sam’s civil ser
vice system. “Dry rot’, has
seized upon the w gigantic struct
ure which it has takenmore than
a quarter of a century tc erect,
and threatens to destroy it.
What is the trouble?
“Politics,” one wiil tell you;
“Lack of a pension system,” an
other will assure you; “The
whole thing is dead wrong,” is
the politician’s finding. All
these verdicts contain a grain of
truth, but neither fully fits the
Civil service is a good thing
when properly administered.
That it has not been properly ad
ministered heretofore is univer
sally conceded by those who are
in a position to know. The great
d partmenjs of government are
lacking in efficiency, and men of
ability and ambition are deprived
of deserved promotion, because
the path to preferment is blocked
By the inept and decrepit.
Thousands of men und women
who have grown grey in the ser
vice of the nation find themselves
incapable of doing a fair day s
work. With the desperation of
drowning men, either voluntarily
or involuntarily, they will drift
to the poor house. The heads
of departments haven’t the heart
to remove them. It would -be
like sentencing them to death.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
furnishes a striking illustration
of the workings of the system.
This bureau was organized about
a quarter of a century ago. It
has been entrusted with many of
the most important industrial in
vestightions authorized by Con
gres, and its reports have attrac
ted wide attention. Such men
as the late Caroll Wright and Dr.
Charles P, Neill have directed its
activities and they gathered
around them an unusual body of
trained specialists. Many of
these experts served the nation
for a fraction of the salaries
which corporations were willing
and anxious to pay.
Only a few weeks ago Dr. Neill
resigned his $5,000 government
job to accept a place with the
Guggenheims at $20,000 a year.
Other employes of the bureau
have from time to time declined
most alluring offers white a few
—a very few—have succumbed
to the temptation.
Many of those who remained
at their posts are growing old.
I do not think it is an exaggera
tion to say that a majority of all
the employes of the bureau are
pensioners". They draw their
salaries, but render practically
no service. In the face of this
situation, Congress has for years
refused to increase the bureau’s
appropriation, and the institution
which has rendered the country
such splendid service is becoming
atrophied. If thi3 “dry rot” is
permitted to continue, it will on
ly be a few years until the work
of the bureau must cease by rea
son of all its employes beceming
An assistant secretary in the
Postoffice department si. owed me
the result of a test he had made
in one section of one of his bu
reaus. There were nine clerks
employed in this section, and the
test showed the amount of work
they had performed for the pre
vious two weeks. The poorest
paid of the nine clerks—a young
girl recently admitted to the ser
vice-had done more work than
her eight associates combined.
‘‘What can I do?” pleaded the
assistant secretary. ‘‘The eight
inefficient clerks are veterans, If
I discharge them, what will be
come of them?”
The chief of a bureau in another
department assured me that he
would be glad to contract to do
the work of his bureau for one
third the sum expended annually
by the government. ‘‘ln that
event,” he said, “I could employ
competent, able-bodied clerks and
require a fair day’s work for a
fair day’s pay.”
Many of the bureau heads
complain that the young clerks
refuse to do more wo.'k than their
old and less efficient co-laborerr.
‘‘They get as much if not more
money than we-do. Why should
we do their work for them?” is
the way these mutineers state
the case.
That partisan politics is respon
sible for the presence of a large
number of decrepit and incompe
tent persons on the government’s
pay roll cannot be questioned.
A score of by-paths have been
discovered by which the plain
provisions of the civil service law
have been evaded and women
who served the Republican party
well have been enabled to secure
life pcsitions.
One of the favorite tricks was
to have the head of a department
appoint a favorite to a ‘‘special”
position for sixty or ninty days
and then have the president is
sue an executive order placing
that position under civil service,
without requiring the incuiTibent
to take an examination.
Hundreds and probably thous
ands of Republican politicians
were favored in that way. This
plain violation of the spirit of the
law had a demoralizing effect On
the morals of the service and
materially reduced the efficiency
of every department.
Not satisfied with sneaking
these favorites in'.o the civil ser
vice ter.t, the powers that were
proceeded to promote them with
out regard to the rights of those
employes who were without po
litical pull. -
One day I listened while a
grey- haired clerk told a depart
ment chief how for sixteen years
he had been unable to secure an
increase in salary, while his as
sociates who had the “influence”
were receiving the coveted pro
“I was a Democrat, ” he said,
“and my folks back in Pennsyl
vania were Democrats, and that
fact was always used against me.
At first I thought I would quit,
then the first baby came, and I
had to hold on. As my family
grew, my nerve decreased, and I
clung to my job. It was pretty
hard’ for they seemed determin
ed to drive me out of the service
Some of my associates who used
to call themselves Democrats,
turned their coats and professed
to be converted. They secured
recognition, and they urged me
to follow their example. But I
couldn’t do it. I just stood pat
and took my medicine.”
I saw him receive his first pro
motion, and he went away with
tear-dirpjned eyes.
When' Democrats first dis
covered -these outrageous eva
sions of the law, a cry went up
from Congrtss for the adoption
of retalitory measures. Resolu
tions were introduced in the
House and Senate demanding an
investigation to be followed by a
general housecleaning. For a
time the civil Fervice seemed
doomed. ’ But saner counsel pre
vailed. Two wrongs do not make
aright. The fact that our oppo
nents, drunk with power, flouted
the law would not justify the
Democracy in weakening a sys
tem which received its first gen
uine official indorsement from a
Democratic President.
President Wilson is determined
to build up arid not tear down.
A new civil Service commission
was named, and a new life was
breathed into the department.
From now on, we are to have
genuine civil service reform.
Examination are to be on the lev
el, promotions will be based on
ment, and Republicans and Dem
ocrats alike will receive a square
deal. %
There still remains the specter
of the superanuated employe.
Shall it be a pension or the poor
house for him?
It must be one or the other, for
the administration is determined
to vitalize every department of
Win. Henderson was in town
Wednesday marketing a cow and
other trading.
A. B. Kibbee and son, Cliff,
shipped a car load of cattle Mon
day to K C. from Arapahoe.
Mrs John Owens, of Bucking
ham lowa, has been visiting her
son Milton Owens north east of
The entertainment given by
the ladies at Arapahoe to aug
ment the new Parsonage, fund
last Saturday night was a deci
ded sucess. Receipts of the even
ing sl3 or more.
The State and county Road
work is progressing admirably
‘from the east under superintend
ent Hunter and is within a few
miles of Cheyenne Wells at this
writing. Good highways are
exponents of thrifty, public spir
ited people.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Nesbitt have
the sympathy of the entire com
munity in the sad death of their
two weeks old chijd. .The fun
eral took place Monday after
noon at Arapahoe cemetery.
Rev. H. H. Gane conducting the
last satl rites.
If you are not reading Con
gressman Keating’s Washington
Letter, you are missing much
that would make you wise on vi
tal public questions. Two weeks
ago his dissertation on good roads
as set forth in the Cheyenne Rec
ord will give you all the infor
mation necessary on highways,
especially State roads and auto
travel. Read Keating on “Roads
and Public Improvements.”
Keep your eye on Hon. #Edw
ard Keeting’s Washington letters
| Do you desire information at first
•hand on the ’’good roads” ques
tion, domestic and otherwise.you
will find it in week before last
issue of the Record, by that
wide awake representative. It
is often hard to get light on vital
issue that concerns us most.
Our Congressman are on guard
for us note well what they say.
Read what Keating has to say on
If you would keep in touch with
national politics’ you should read
the National Monthly, Champ.
Clark speaks whereof he knows
on the revision of the tariff
"downward” and the new cur
rency bill about to become a law,
and their . creditable wiunesses
speak out in unmistakable terms
and at a time when one should
have the courage of his convic
tions. Champ brings the favor
able features of the currency
bill into the limelight of the
present day national needr, and
shows wherein the old system
has outlived it’s usefulness and
should give peace to the new.
Mr Hunter, Superintendent of
the new State road in east Chey
enne county is rapidly pushing
westward with his work at this
writing (Tuesday) his force is
breaking ground through Pros
pect Hill Ranch. Teams with
scrapers and King drag, keep
close in the wake of the, four
horse sod plow. We are quite
sure that if they- follow up the
iniative with the heavy grader,
that the road from Cheyenne
Wells to the Kansas line will be
as smooth as a cement walk and
and that the Autos can fly along
it with the dexterity of a well
regulated Aeroplane.
Arapahoe Sunday School is in
creasing in interest and attend
ance. William Henderson is
Superintendent. The lesson stu
dies now are frought with migh
ty events. Every child, should
be familiar with the epoch mak
ing time in which Moses led the
Israelites to the lands of Promise.
Children every where should at
tend Sunday school. Every
devotion to du'y from a character
that will stand the test when
fiery trials come. "The fear of
the Lord is the beginning of wis
dom.” The children of to-day
are the men and women of to
morrow. Conserve the good
that is in them and thus lay, a
foundation to build a great na
tion on.
Rev. DeMunbrum held servi
ces.here Sunday.
Angeline Pauls is helping at
the Thos. Dwyer home this week.
There will be Catholic service
at the school house Oct 19 th.
Quite a large crowd attended
the sale at Neal Mousels the 14. th
Thejje will be Luthern services
at the Ohrmundt school Oct 19.
.at 11 a. m.
T. R. Dwyer and family, of
Cheyenne Wells, visited relatives
here Sunday.
F. C. McDonald was a passen
ger to Cheyenne wellp Sunday
returning Monday.
The supper and entertainment
l at the school house Saturday
evening was quite a success.
J. B. Hassmarn arrived from
Coleridge. Neb. Tuesday to spend
a few days with home folks!
Miss (. race Parks arrived from
Chicago last week and will spend
tfie winter with Mr and Mrs. H.
H. Lloyd.
Anna Gerke spent Saturday
night with Mrs. Melton, who ac
companied her out to the home
stead Sunday.
Don McDonald and
who are Motoring from Ellis*!
Kansas, to Curtis Wyoming,;
visited at the home of F. C.
McDonald a few days last week.
What Old Caesar Did.
Here is a little prose poem on
an important question, which
has been floating around in Colo-;
When Caesar took an eastward
ride and grabbed the Gauls for !
Rome, what was the first thing
that he did to make them feel at
home? Did he increase the peo
ple’s loaSs and liberty forbid?,
No, he dug in and built good
roads—thats what old Caesar did.
Did Caesar put the iron heel
upon the fo mans breast, or did
he try to make them feel the;
Roman rule was be3t?
did he do to make them gkdt
he’d come their midst amidst?
He built good roads in place of— .
bad that’s what old Caesar did.
He built good roads from hill'
to hill, good roads from vale to
vale; he ran a good roads move
ment till old Rome got all the
kale. He told the folks to buy a
home, build roads their hills
amid, until all roads led up to
Rome—that’s what old Caesar
If any town would make the
town the center of the map,
where folks will come and settle
down and live in plenty’s lap, if
any town, its own abode of pov
erty would rid, let it get out and
build good roads—just like old
Caesar did-
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