To the Editors of the Crimson:
The interest in public affairs taken by college men generally, before and after graduation, is lamentably small, and wholly incommensurate with the opportunities afforded by a college education. This lack of interest is especially deplored by those who are in places of power; the educated man will not interest himself in the affairs of his city or town, he leaves them to be governed by men of weaker intelligence but greater force. The consequence is misgovernment and corruption in politics, which extends to the highest offices of the land. The stirring up which a vigorous and honorable Harvard graduate has given to city affairs in New York should awaken enthusiasm for incorruptible and undefiled city government in the mind of every Harvard student. It is said that Philadelphia is suffering at present from an epidemic of corruption and jobbery in municipal affairs; that the governing "ring" is so strongly intrenched, it is well-nigh impossible and hopeless to dislodge its members. The task of exposure, however, has been undertaken. The editor of City and State, Mr. Herbert Welsh, is carring on the municipal crusade in Philadelphia in as dauntless a fashion as that set in New York by our own Theodore Roosevelt. Mr. Welsh will deliver an address in Sanders Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 8 p. m., upon "The College Graduate and Public Affairs," which every college man should attend The address is arranged for by the Civil Service Reform Club.
JOHN HALL JONES.