Excerpt from Civil Service and Connecticut In one of the outlines of this course the subject of civil service reform is classified among the newer ideas in government. Novelty is always a question of degree. Readers of Wells Outline of History need t be told that the whole recorded history of the race is new compared with the uncounted geological eras that preceded it. Visitors to Great Britain kw that the New Forest is still called new in that once conservative country, although it was established by William the Conqueror, so that the word new in that case means over 800 years old. I will therefore t hint that the ladies, whose literary skill and judgment are so manifest in all of their publications, have made an inaccurate statement regarding the velty of civil service reform. I will merely interpret their phrase by saying that the official recognition of this reform in our country is w fifty years old; that the political principles on which it is based were recognized by all of our earlier presidents and are 130 years old; while its ethical standards go back to the decalogue, since any one who accepts a salary to serve the general public and who consciously uses his time and the labor of his subordinates to promote the interest of a faction, is t scrupulously observing the spirit of the eighth commandment, while the hungry place hunters are clearly violating the tenth. It is, however, true that the decalogue, or at least the observance of it, is new to some people. Indeed, we have become acquainted in the course of our civil service fight with some influential Connecticut tories so conservative that the ninth commandment seems to them an irritating and radical invation. On other theory can I account for their persistency in bearing false witness even after the truth has been brought to their attention. I regret that the limitations of time force me to a considerable condensation. If I were a scenario writer and if this lecture were to be popularized by reproduction in movie form, I should throw upon the screen a series of pictures representing the early presidents of the United States, from George Washington to John Quincy Adams, as observers of the principle of appointment for merit. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.