To the Editors of the Crimson:
Will you kindly allow me space for a few words touching the purposes and work of the Harvard Civil Service Reform Club, concerning which I have received many inquiries?
The club was formed "to impress upon the students of Harvard University the need of Civil Service Reform, and to extend their knowledge of the principles and methods by which this reform can be accomplished."
It may not be generally understood that the meeting in Sanders Theatre, addressed by President Eliot, Mr. Storey and Mr. Dana, was an attempt to accomplish partly this object. Public speakers of high character such as Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Schurz, ev-Governor Russell, who have already consented to address the University, will from time to time present the reform question in all its aspects. Minor addresses, to the club particularly, as to the workings of the reform in various definite parts of the country will also be given.
Another work in which the club takes a great interest is the formation of a Civil Service Library. Already there are many books in the College Library dealing with the Civil Service, and these the librarian has reserved upon the shelves of Alcove 10 in the Reading Room; whatever books the club or others may present will also be reserved. The U. S. Civil Service Commission and the National C. S. Reform League have given to the club copies of all their reports and publications, and these may be found upon the shelves of the alcove. In the near future it is hoped greatly to increase the available literature upon the subject.
In giving each member of the club a subscription to "Good Government," the monthly official organ of the National C. S. League, it is hoped to put the members in touch with the condition of the civil service, and the attitude towards it of the various municipal and legislative bodies in the United States. The edition of "Good Government" of March 15 contains particular reference to the formation of the club; it will be sent with a printed copy of the constitution to every college in the country. It is hoped thereby to start a movement in favor of reform that will be national in its character and effective in its influence; and it is not beyond the bounds of probability that an Intercollegiate Civil Service Reform Alliance may be formed in the future, in the deliberations of which Harvard might well take a leading part.
Such, then, is the Harvard C. S. Reform Club. Its work cannot well be carried on with a small membership. To get "Good Government" at club rates we need one hundred and fifty members. Those who are carrying on the work in the college do so for the sake of the reform. It is a work which should appeal to the patriotic spirit of every American, and especially of every college man. I ask every man interested in pure and efficient government if the support of the club is not a worthy object of his consideration? Membership blanks and copies of the constitution will be funished upon application to 42 Kirkland street.
J. H. JONES, Secretary.