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Civil Service Reform Meeting.
To the Editors of the Crimson:
Mr. Herbert Welsh, who is to speak in the Fogg Art Museum tomorrow night, is a man whose influence is weighty upon the side of "good government." He is Secretary of the Indian Rights Association, which is formed to protect the Indians from the cupidity and rapacity of officials as well as settlers in the vicinity of the reservations. He is editor of "City and State," a weekly publication in Philadelphia, which is doing up-hill but much needed work in exposing the unbusinesslike methods of the city government. In this paper the various departments of the city are canvassed unsparingly and fearlessly; the "deals" of the city politicians are exhibited to public criticism; the rentals of wharves, the selling of franchises to corporations: the buying of votes, and the corruption of the poles are instanced with facts and names, and the citizens are kept en rapport with the debit and credit account of the city. The showing up of the men and their methods in this point blank fashion has earned for Mr. Welsh a reputation among those who say with the Prince of Arragon in the Merchant of Venice,
"O that estates, degrees, and offices, Were not deriv'd corruptly; and that clear honour Were purchased by the merit of the wearer!"
The speaker is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National C. S. Reform League, and his address will be practical, up-to-date, and scholarly; it should be largely attended by all who care for the perpetuity of American institutions.
JOHN HALL JONES, Secretary Civil Service Reform Club.