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To the Editors of the Crimson:
The Harvard Civil Service Reform Club holds its annual meeting for the election of officers, at 7.30 tonight, in Upper Mass. For the benefit of those members of the University who are interested in the cause of Civil Service Reform, it may be well to make a brief statement about the club and the objects it wishes to attain. The club was formed two years ago and numbers at present 185 members. Its purpose is to awaken an interest among all Harvard men in the reform of civil service, and to let them know what it really is and what it means. The experience gained by the club during the two years of its existence shows that these objects can be best accomplished in two ways. First by holding public meetings at which eminent civil service reformers may address the club, and secondly by enabling students to obtain readily the current literature of the cause. The public meetings have been largely attended and have met with great success. No one who heard Mr. Herbert Welsh's address last week, could fail to be inspired by the speaker's enthusiasm, or could help seeing the necessity of the reform which he advocated.
The providing of civil service literature has also proved useful. The club obtains "Good Government," the offical journal of the National Civil Service ReformLeague, at special rates, which makes it possible to supply each member of the club with a copy. As the paper is ably edited and is published monthly, it affords the best means of obtaining up to date information on the subject.
Those who know about the work of the club firmly believe that much good has already been accomplished and that the prospects of still greater success are bright.
The great difficulty to be contended with lies in the fact that many students do not regard the Reform as within the sphere of their responsibility. But is it not the duty, as well as for the interest of every citizen, in or out of college, to insist upon an honest and efficient public service, free from the control of party patronage and the political boss? And should not educated Harvard men, whose watchword is "Truth" be among the first to forward the cause of the honest and intelligent administration of public office.
It is to be hoped that every man who feels this responsibility will be present at the meeting tonight at which the work for the coming year will be fully discussed.
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