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    Jared Sparks
Excerpt from book: THE POWER OF PUBLIC PLUNDER. The element of disinterestedness is nearly gone from our polities. We do not all speak out so bluntly as the Colorado editor, who informed his readers that announcements of candidacy would be inserted at the uniform rate of five dollars, and that" all political work " would be charged to the person ordering it, unless it was paid for in advance. It would be better, perhaps, if the matter were put once for all upon such a simple footing. There was a convention held at Chicago last year at which some millions of words were spoken, and among them there were ten perfectly sincere ones, uttered by a voice from out of the Lone Star: " What are we here for if not for the offices t" Such is still the power of absolute sincerity over the human mind, that this was the effective speech of the occasion. All is forgotten but the noise of the chairman's hammer and this admirable epitome of the situation by Mr. O'Flanagan. On a certain evening in October last, the writer of these pages was astonished to find himself sitting in the chairman's seat at what was supposed to be a political meeting. He enjoyed an interesting and a novel experience. The evening before, a committee called upon him and invited him (a most unpolitical person) to preside. He did not ask the committee by what gift of prescience they had been enabled to foresee that the assembled multitude would desire him to preside over their deliberations. He accepted the invitation without asking childish questions, and thus became part of a splendid show! On the evening designated, the town was in a blaze of glory, chiefly generated by the " patent campaign torch," supplied on favorable terms by a firm of dealers in the numerous articles which are now described as "campaign material": a business the vo...   show more
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