THE CONGRESS: Spoilsmen Foiled

Abraham Lincoln once remarked that he found it easier to run the Civil War than to satisfy his political followers' ravening for postmasterships. Last summer, in a move shrewdly timed to deflate Republican campaign attacks on Farleyism, Franklin Roosevelt put forward a solution to his great predecessor's problem. By Executive Order, in Congress' absence, he snatched 13.730 first, second and third class postmasterships out of the spoils trough, providing that they should hereafter be filled by: 1) postmasters already in office, after noncompetitive civil service examinations; 2) postal employes with civil...

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