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THE SCRADflbN WMBtom- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER, 19, 1900.
IN WAR PAINT
NATIONAIi civil service re
form LEAGUE STRIKES.
Allege That the McKlnley Adminis
tration Has Not Been Doing the
Square Thing by the Civil Service
Aet of 1883 Schedule of Com
plaints with Statistical Trimmings.
fcr Kxtlilv Wire (rem The Awm-lttrd I'rm.
New York, Dec. 18. Tin? committee
Df the National Clvil-Servlco-Ueform
league appointed to InroBtli-nU the
condition of the Federal civil servlci.
nnd the enforcement of tho reform law
nnd rules under tho present adminis
tration, has made public its report and
In enactlns the civil .service law, In
1883, the committee shows, congress In
tended that the system should ulf
jnately embrace the entire subordinate
executive service, or, as the senate
committee declared In reporting the
bill, "all that vast number of appoint
ed officials who carry into effect tliu
orders of the president whoso
kit-tip do not chance with a chance
of administration, and who have noth
ing to do with framing1 the political
policies of the government." Section six
of the act made provision for a era ri
val extension of the system, through
the action of the president arnl heads
of departments, until this end might
From the date of the passage of the
tict, until May 29, 1899, this extension
continued almost without interruption,
each president making Important addi
tions to the classified -list and strength
ening the rules to guard against evas
ions. The latest of these additions had
been Jn effect for about a year when
the preaeat administration came into
po-rr, bat by far the greater part of
tha work necessary to the completion of
the reform remained to be, done. With
this faot in view the Republican party,
nt Its convention in 1895, had "renewed
Its repeated declarations not only that
tha lair should be thoroughly and hon
estly enforced, but that it should be
extended wherever practicable."
law Dishonestly Enforced.
Ths commutes reports.however, that,
WvHto In many of tho branches that
have been longest classified, the sys
tem has been unimpaired and has e.on
tlnaed to produce excellent results, it
cannot be said that the law has been
"thoroughly and honestly enforced,"
while, with the exception of the start
tnade in the establishment of rules for
ths Philippines service, covered In a
Beparato report to the league con
spicuous and unusual opportunities for
Its extension, where clearly "prac
tioable," have deliberately been set
The progress of the reform, in its
application to the Federal service, has,
in brief, been seriously checked. That
this is tt varlancB with the declared
purposes of President McKlnley, and
with his professed wishes for the wel
fare of the service while under his con
trol, is recognized nnd the committee
earnestly recommends that the facts it
liubmits be presented for the presi
' On March 3, 1897, approximately 86,-
000 positions were In the classified ser
vice, "While 02,000, including 6,000 tresl
dentlat officers, several thousand labor
ers, and other miscellaneous classes,
and the groat army of fourth-class
postmasters, remained unclassified.
It might naturally have been expect
ed that proper compliance with the
law anil recognition of its principles, on
the part of both congress and the heads
of departments, would, at this stage,
have secured through competition of
almost all tho gi eater number required
for service In oIIIoph and positions of
the sort, that Hie classified. The com
mittee, however, from the data It has
ut hand, leports surprisingly different
results. During the llrst year follow
ing the order of May UP, lS'HI, that end
ed on June 1 lust, the appointments
made within these classes were as fol
TIIIIOl'OII COMPirriTIVK 1T.HIS.
Alipoliitiiicnli hum umipotlUvi- i-IIrIIiIi-11,11
without roMi'ivriTivi: tists.
Appointment to rxccptoil po,lllon, not
sulijort In nomination '-'
Appointments to xcritnl posit Ion,, Mtli-
Jpct to "non" ciiinpt'lltlvr t-vMinliuillon. NM
Appointment, itnilir "tmiimiarj" urtlll-
"Ti'inpurniy" appointment ninili- permaii'
etil ulthotiL examination '
Ilcliiilutimint, without esapiln.it Ion 1,10
TramfrM "I unexamined person, within
tliu bitvIci- 'u"
Unexamined peron, ha-Jng ""pedal ipull
Appointment, to ilerieal po,lllon. In tin
department, under tin.- war appiopilatlon
Appointment, to i-lt-iic.il positions In Hie
ren,n, nllli p - I"1
Iutl returns foi lil inoiitli of IVf.) l-ukiug.
These figures, the etimmlttee con
tends, show thut the "exceptions" from
the requirements of the clvll-servlce
law, whether brnughl about through
executive legislative action, have been,
during the year they rover, almost
twice as numeiotiH as appointments
made In the manner the law Intended.
The committee gives the following
sumary of the general course of the
administration and of the present con
gress in relation to the civil service:
I. So far a, the committee lia, been utile to
learn, appointment, of tin- local federal officer,
of the pre,idcntlal daw haxe hecn o'ltioll-il al
most Miliisivfly by senator, and repiewntatlves,
or unofficial political leader,, lioe selection,
the president lias ratified. While j'o id men are
not Inficmiently ,eiured tlirowjli this ystun, In
the majority of cas those .ippoinled aie ailhe
lotal polllirlni:,, whose ill-ipoi-lliim to pmxiil"
place, lor their adherent, fmnislies a mtIoih ob
stacle to the satisfactory adinlnistiation of ilie
civil service rules at the outset. Among ptosi
dential officers in the general lironclie, imluuliis
business ollleers strictly, anil not those that are
properly political the changes have been .ilmu-t
universal. In the consiiUr scnice, for instance,
more than 00 per cent, of the silaried ofllc-e,
were refilled during tin- Mist jear of the .ulmiii
Isliation, and in the Indian service, iliiriinr I he
same period. 02 per cent, of the agent
Changes in "Excepted" Positions.
II. Positions in the classified service excipted
fiom competitive exaiuinition, are virtually no
classified, for removal, may be made from them
without restraint, and appointments aie ybso
Kitely at the will of the appointing ofite-r. II i
number of these positions ha, been gieillv in
creased. On March .'I. 1S97, at the do,; or the
preceding iilmlnlstmtioii, there were, all told,
ordj SCC, of which number "TO were of assistant
postmasters. On July 27, 1SU7, ' President .Mc
Klnley added S.M, deputies and others in the cus
toms and internal levenue seivices,' previously
subject to competitive examination, and on May
29, ib'ia, approximately 4,000 more, in addition
to the number removed absolutely from ,h? classi
fied service at that time.
III. As the classified service ha, grown, it baa
been observed tint violations of the clnl service
law, both now and heretofore, hurt occurred most
frequently In the branches most recently Included.
After the change of March 3, 1B97, there were
many Irregular appointment In the eliase,
brought under the rules a year, or three, jeari
left I e, nnd not a few In tha branches longer
taKlshoil, coupled very frequtntly wltti irregular
removals. These were mainly in tha internal
revenue ttrvlce, tha land ofllca icrvtce, the ifov.
crnmeiit printing office, tha field forcra of the de
partment of Justice, and the pension bureau,
nnd In certain of the custom housas and post
oillces -notably at the post office In Philadelphia.
The civil service commission addreased rerouted
plot est, to tha department concerned In these
violations, but in hardly an Instance with satis
fictory results. The records of their Investiga
tions, which the committee has examined care
fully, lover 127 page, of their fourteenth rni,
lit of the llfleetith and slxt) seven of the six
teenth. On Sept. 17, 1S97, the league ndilie-'il a
I'.'ei directly to (lie president, inviting alien
Hon In the glowing number of offense, and ,tk
liu Hint measure, be taken to stop them. WliT-.'
the inle, had been most tbigiantly dl-rcgc'ild,
the illsmissal of the guilty officer was tirgod,
ill. d the example, of this sort made by President
Cleveland xvere e lied. On March 12, IS'H. the
.telle- .submitted a report, showing the nsiilti
o' llr Investigation, In the Philadelphia ot
r.lllee, wheie. It a, shown, the po,lliu,t"r, .Mr.
llltj., had removed many siibiirdiiiii.es id known
elfilency because of lllelr political or ftie.tlon.il
nlllliutlons.. On hireli IS, lS'is, it presented lei
the pi evident a general repoil on v lui.it l-.n,
thibugliiiiit the service, with exhibit", and again
.i.leeil that the offending eilficel, be ilimU,ed.
In th gnat iiujorlly eif ca.es. however, tlieie
wis no loueeticm -except in so far , Ilie ap
puli'linent, were nominally valldjteil by I he ol
der of May 2'J, 16!W. It I, also tun- that no
single olllcir li.i, been lemoveel for violation of
the ilile-e, although the rule, the nisi lve, in tlie
deuH'st tetms, provhle this penalty. The near
est aproacli In discipline- of this soil was in the
case of riienowlth, collector of custom, at Xo
gale, Alii., wliii was caught in too theft of
ejuestlon paper, In iielvance ut an examination,
a, well ,i. In other ad, of dishonesty showing
Id, unfitness for any tiii-l. flicnowllli was or
eleicel to be leinnved by Secretary (iige-. Through
the appauiit Intelvenlloii of poweiful iulliience.
Iiowever, lids order with withdiavvn and u leslir
nation iicicpteil. The man Is now serving, pie
fiinu iltly not fai fmm the American border at
Norjales, as a "special agent of the treasuiy dc
partinc'iil, fur confidential dut.v in u foielgn coun
try," at 4 per clay. Thi, as-lgiilnent is in it
self ii violation of the ink", against which the
commission has protested, a, yet without avaJL"
Although Hie president' order of July K, ISttr,
seemed to be the first substantial check iipi.n
removals to be embodied in either the eivil ser
vice ldvv er inle, .in iidvanie for which Mr. Mc
Klnley wa, most heartily commended at the time
by the league it was feared that tluough im
perfect enforcement the value of this rule, also,
would be greatly impaired, and experience has
since shown that it ha, been.
Evasion of the Bules.
IV. Wlillo elirecl violation, of the mica have
been more or less eonimoii, indirect evasions have
been more so. "Tempoiary appointments" nie nn
Instance In point. Under the rules, persons may
be appointed without examination for ninety
el.i.vs' temporary seivlce, in the absence of an
eligible list, for emergency work. It is required
Hut these shall lie permitted only when the
civil seivice commission has given its certificate
tint theie I, no adcciuati list. In piaclice tin
vast majority of these appointments have been
uncle at pleasure, ami without inquiry as to the
state of the lists, continued indefinitely, and re
potted as long nftciwiirds as the appointing offi
cer chose. Thia piactlce, moreover, has giown
alarmingly. During the thirteenth months fol
lowing the amended udes of Ma (1, IS'Ki, T.!'l
temporary appointment, were aulliorireil. anil
during the eleven month., from June 1, 1SI7, to
Ma.v 31, 1S98, 2,3fij, of which not more than
eighty were authorise! by the commission in any
manner. The figure, do not Include war depart
mont appointment, In cither case.
In many instancies appointing otficcis failed o
assist the civil service commission when called
on in preparing examination, to secure permanent
appointee.,, and in others, when lists were actu
ally prepared, they have refused to appoint .'rom
Another common method of evasion I's I'm ap
pointment of persons (geneially women) as "la
borers" in which case examination is not re
quiredand their assignment immediately to dti-
tte ef higher etas,. 'Excepted'' place are
alao used to bring persona aurreplIMouslv Into
tha competitive nervlce, na In the Ban Francisco
custom house, where tha principal deputy was
made chief clerk, ond the son of Uie collector
appointed, without examination, to the tapiny,
only to change places with the deputy when It
eame to the assignment of duties.
Tha postofllce department has adopted a device
for evasion that the committee dcemn peculiar!
reprehensible. When a amall postofiico Is about
to be given freo delivery (which of ltelf bring,
tho office force Into the classified service), per
sons aie brought from other cities, and even
from other atates, to take positions In such nfllei,
Just before they enter the free delivery elan, li
be transferred Immediately alternant tu the olfl.e
for which they are really destined, tint, esct'.-lntf
examination altogether. Nearly a hundred ap
pointments of thl, soil have already iirciiin-d,
despite the earnest prntrst of the civil servient
commission. I'lve of those i-o appointed (presum
ably vvlthoiil the Irast experience) hive heci
transferred lei the- linportnnt and hlgh-salailnl
office of pnstolllie Inspector, a pioceedlng wheel'
ha, been made easily possible by Ilie change in
the transfer rule contained In the president's ol
der of .May, 1MI9.
Restraint on Irregular Appointments
V. One of the most serious featuies of the
situation I, that, no matter how plainly ov how
frcipicnlly appointment, may be mule in violation
of the law, the civil service iommlslon is power
lie, lo prevent them. The commission iiuj pro
test to the dcpjllmelit involved, ur appeal fiom
it, decision lo the preident, but, falling to
secure relief from either of these authorities, it
i, obliged to permit ubu to go line becked, In
the cille, of New Vol I; and Chicago, and In ut
most ever.v other plan- where a civil scivlee torn
mlskion Ii.ii been established, fiscal otllccia uie
forbidden to pay salaries to pcHems whose, ap
polntment is not nude In the manner 'he law
pifscilhcs. The fulei.il commission nssumid that
the same rule applied, of necessity, at Washing
ton, and time jcars ago a-ked the secretary of
the treasury to aid it In etl.ibllshlng a piopor
s.vstem of audit, railing to secure tint officer's
eo-opcrntion, llts of pi'ison, known to be- Illegally
in office were nut to the comptrnlki, Mr. Trace
well, with the rcciicst that their claims tor salar.v
be not recogiilred. The comptrolbr ileellncd to
Intel fere, although the commission, tindir dale
of Dec. 12, ISl!. wrote to him: "A dale of
anarchy in these appointments obtains at the
present time. Involving the honor of the admin
istration of the civil service act. With the In
formation given yon by the commission, which is
capable of easy verification In caw of the slightest
doubt lonceiiilng the facts, em oii not lake
official cognizance of the mutter?" Mr. Trace
xvell did not answer Ihla communication, but on
Apiil 1. following, gave a remarkable opinion,
aeldiesFod to a fnlted States marshal, to the ef
feet (li.it. even though Ilie civil service .let de
clare, lh.it "no cither or cleik shall be appoint
ed" to a classified position except In conloi-niiy
with its terms, an appointment otherwise mail"
is not illegal; that the civil service rules have
no force except as tin- executive or bead of de
partment chooses lo give them; and that oil per
sons whose iiinirs are on pay-roll, presented to
him will be iisiimrd to be legularly appointed,
tin- civil service commission', denial notwith
standing. Tills decision, although diieetly op
posed to ruling, of the Mipieme court, I, never
theless, binding, so long as Mr. Traeewell him
self remains nndlstuibed. Its effect is disastrous,
for though, .is the statistics of the commission
show, nisny appointments continue to be made
In compliance vvitli the law, the full number are
not so made, anil that may never be reported,
remains quite unknown and undeterminable. The
two following ready instances show what tan
now be done: 'In the report of appointments In
the po-,tollli c. elepaitment for June, IS!)!), there
appealed the name, of twenty-four persons under
the head of "teinporaiy clerks appointed under
act of congres". appioved February, lSOD." The
act In question mciely gave the right to ap
point, and did not exempt from civil service ex
amination. This was promptly explained to As
sistant Postmaster Cieneral Heath, but the letter
remains unanswered, while the clerks aie re
tained. Again, in the treasury department, non-competitive
examinations are lequlred, under the presi
elent', late order, for certain positions in the
customs and internal revenue service. Pew of
these have been held, but in cases where they
have, and where (lie candidates luxe failed abso
lutely to seiure tho minimum of 70 per cent.,
qualifying them for appolntiocnt.they are still ro
WARNERS SAFE CURE
"I have used "Verner'- Safe Cure for gen
eral elcbl'l'.v and cheerlully recommend It 03
tho very best medicine I know of to Imlbl
up n broken down constitution "
MAR1IIA J. VAN- nt.ZF.rt,
Lady Commander, Jewel lllve, No. 1112, I,. O.
K-arwvlllc, Iml., MS Mary St. Aug. 17, 1000,
"When a man's life Is saved he naturally
feels grateful to (he Instrunicmt. So t feci
very (rratciful to Warner's Hafo Cure, a, 1
know- that It wived my llfo and restored me
to perfect health and strength. for seven
cars 1 suffered with kidney and bladder
trouble, finding no relief, and although I
spent my income on doctors and medicines,
I found no help until 1 read an advertisement
of Warner'H Safe Cure iml decided to tty
that. Tor four month, 1 faithfully took the
remedy twlco a day, feeling that I was gain
ing strength, thru I considered myself Hired.
'Hils Is five months ogo and I hive hud 110
trouble since mid um In good health."
v. 1:. ixiv.
Secretary ttn nl Arcanum.
Vlrclen, Manitoba, Aug. til, 1Wi().
"If I vva, the 'dilcl' I would ouler ever)
officer tu keep a bottle of Warner's Safe One
on hand mid there would be but a few to I
!.... ... ,
"., .hi on in mum or sickness, neing ex
posed in .ill kinda of weather, excessive beat
and sudden fiosl, 01 lain, it takes an lion
lonstltiitlon to stand It. I advocate U.ii
nei's Hafe Cine, as it keeps the kichievs In
good condition, vvlildi means that all pos0,,
anil disease Is quickly curried on from tin
(..vsteni, thus maintaining good health. It
cures you when sick and keeps ,vou in good
health if von take a dose now and then. I
advise i-vcry man who has to be out of doors
mont of the time In nil kinds of weather to
keep M'anier's (afp Cure on hand all the
time." TlfOS. "Y. JOYPK.
Desk- Seigcanl. I'M Precinct,
Cliii.igo Police Dept,
Chicago, Ilk, Sept. S, 11)00.
( 1 VrtV, . t.
A dee sample of Warner's Hate Cure xvilr h sma
to uuv one on receipt of postal card. Address,
WAKSIIIl'S 1-iAl'i: CUKE CO,, Hochealer, N. Y.
Mention thU Paps
"I have found Wat net's Vife Chip .1 wondet.
fill iimed.v for b.ieknihc and the nuineioiis
pitns women lire afttiitcsl with. It tones up
the it. the sciciu and pie'Wtil. colds."
AW1K II. HVUI'hll,
(iiauil Uutei (leiaiel, It'ilhbuii- tsisteis. also
Noble (iliarel of Klile Rrhskah Istdgr, No. -',
Independent Older O. T
.lae ksoiivllle. Ilk. Gi", St:it- St ,
August 0, M).
"When my ph-siiloii Mist told me I had
Hriirlit's disease s cold chill went over me
and I fell as If 1 were a doomed nun. V'or
thioe month, I look hi, prescription and kept
getting xvorsp, when inv druggist, who was
a personal friend, told me that in Ma crpiBlon
Warner's Safe Curo was the, beat medUana on
rarth for Height's disease. I took a bottle
at once and gradually felt relieved. I kept
taking It patiently and Kgulartjr for tsro
months and words cannot describe my fetUsfl
when I found that I was cured. 1 frit Uk
a new man. llrlfht's dlsttM la a Utf of
tht tiaat and 1 would Ilk to sir to asrarr
oae similarly aflectad, try Warnss'a Saf
Cure." JOE MOC,
Ijlee View, Cook Oox, 111.
Annus! X. 100O. .
(Moved to IDitt North Ashland Ave., OhN
talned, their rejection by the commission noth
The "War Emergency" Appoint
ments. YI. On the plea that the civil service lominis
siou had no means of meeting the emeigoiiucM
glowing out of the war with Spain, about I,!i00
fin I her appointments without examination wcie
made in dificrcnl departments under special pio
visions in the war appropriation acts. Thrre is
no means of securing exact figuies, since these
appointments have not been reported to the com
mission, and the league's request for access to
the pioper lecords In the treasury department
Ins been denied. On Aug. 1, ISBN, however, the
number was known to be at least 1,042. At the
time of these appointments there were on -the
commission's list of cligible- fi.lbO names, so that
practically tho entile fon.e teqiiiied might have
been selected thercfiom in two or thiee da-. In
the Mibaecnicnt appropriation bills making pro
vision for tills form the exemption from cMiuiu
iitlou has been invariably repeated, although the
adequacy of the commission's machinery lias bce-i
clearly explained to respective congressional t--.ni-mittees.
Any clerk may now be appointed wiMi
out examination if it is certified that "the neces
sity for hi, employment aiises out of the war
The Census Force.
Vlf. Although Carroll D. Wright, id-Interini
director of the census, informed congress that
uioie than s.),0nn.iniij IJ(J been added to Hi- o-t
of the tenth census bv reison of the f 1 s 1 1 r lo
si bit the working foice lliiougli the lu.ril ...vs
tt-tii, tills sv.'Iiiii was again drlllier.ile v et esj p
In the taking of the pri-setil iciisiis. ntel, Ihingli
the lier.ds of liuri.iiis bsve Im-pii etlle lent nnd wcIT
ti:(ned llicn, olherwte the methuds .idvplo.I 111
t'i' former iciisiis, v hie b irovcd sip 11 ! loulv
f.iilme. were folloaed almost exaitli. Ibe teste
leqedtpti, which were of the "piss" desi rin'ion.
piolnll,t debarred the absolutely unfit, luit the
benefl' of ojm'ii eempetiiion was lost, and, .i ii.e
pro, ess of seleiting clerks and olh-r Mibordiuites
coutiuiicd, oulji ii'imiiis endoisid bv a seualo 11
ii'tiresentatlve wcie considered al all.
The Order of Mny 20, 1809.
VIII. It was while tin- 'l.ile of Ilie seivlee was
as low a, the committee ihsljics, that the piesi
dent's eirder of Mat i-i. I?!!1), w is is.tieil. That
older and its elicits ale to tie leviewed In a
separate rcpoil. It is sisted in 1 onuee tiou with
the picseiit tcpoil, howtici, tl..it li ip.uoveil finm
the competitive 10 the "1 M'.'iied" lit about
J, 000 places, mid hum the 1 l."sitie I to the un
classified scivicc about fi.isH) mine; Mill it v.ili
ehted nominally many appointments pr -x icjuslx
made in violation of the I iv. and we.il.end Hi"
tide, governing ti.insfers, ieinl iteierM. and ic
movals, sn as to permit new and serious ahusei:
and, finally, that it maikcd the Hut pieat icdtii
tion in tiie actual area of lie- nieiil sx-.tcm,
'Ilie committee plexus this iciiew m" wk.it i
consideis a vciv iinfoitimile sitn.it ten. not onlv
that the action of the president may bt
where he has tho power to correct, but that e
ether necessary strp may be taken to retjalsi tha
gioiiud that ha, been lost, and again lo torn th
ibrritlou of the leform towards tho ends tha
fiameis and advocates of the civil icrvlea law
hid in view.
Valley Brakeman Killed.
By Kvclusive Wiic from The Associated Preai.
Special Dispatch lo Tho Tribune.
rill-Ion, Deo. 18. -James McDermott, of Port
Crl'fith. 11 I.ehigh Valley brakeman, was lilled
at ll..'i o'doik tonight In the Coxton yards,
lie was tun over bv a awllc.li engine and his
life was ln-lan!ly crushed out.
Killed by an Erie Express.
lis- Inclusive Wire from The Associated Press.
Susquehanna, l'.i., Dee. Is. Theodore Whitney,
1111 old rcddcnl. was, thl, uftcii.oon. stiue-k by an
Kile i.iihci.iil exiress ll.lln and Instantly killed,
lie haves :i l.iinlly. lie was a veteran of the
( ivl) W.ll.
New Minister to Turkey.
li.i i:xelu-lve Wiie ficm 'I he Associated 1'icsj.
WisiliiKluti,l)ee-. IS. -The piesidenl today nom
inated John (' . I.eisliui.in, of I'ctmsvlvanki,
now minister to Switeil.iuil, to be tjiillcd Males
niiuirlcr tu Turkey.
it more con
this time of
the year to
hop in the
v$ml . tui.
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gest to you
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est both old
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man. See the beautiful color
effects and cloth designs
:!.. ?"... !ro:?$4l0$ 15
flufflers in new Dresden and
Lyons silks. A beautiful select
ion to choose sv too,.
from 50C $2
Un-brsjllau Silver mounted,
put Ua in an nimel box. A
very uieful prestnt for any gentle- to
man. From............. $j $5
Neckwear A grand showing of beautiful
silk effects, put up 'one in a -s to
box 50c 75c
Driving O loves in all Kinds of furs, seal,
sable or possum, lamb's wool lined, English and
American make. A very useful present that
would please you at this time ,, -tosU t "
of the year ,. pZ.5U plx
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And Boys' Department
Most mothers prefer thnt their boys have
latest style as well as good cloth quality. No
store could pay more attention to the vital im
portance of cloth quality. We realize that the
boy customer of today is the man customer of
the future, and the ever increasing patronage
of this department shows that our system is
popular with motheis of healthy boys. A
pretty Novelty Suit or a warm Overcoat would
be a lasting and serviceable present. One
double floor for the display ot this department.
See the holiday novelties we
tSXt,."!Z!.Zr. $2 1 $5.50
With tho Military Shoulder
The shoulders of every well made custom
coat this season are a trifle broader than be
fore. It's the liberal lines that fashion calls
for in the new style. It takes skill to model
such clothes, and the men tailors who handle
our ready-to-wear system have served their
time on custom work we wouldn't have
any other. See the new cloth weaves in
ready to wear suits that have
been added to our regular dn fA io
tock according to quality... PU P0
The New "Chesterfield" Overcoat
Always watching the style changes, we have secured this new' pattern overcoat, It's a sensible coat and a gentlemen's coat, The
"Raglan" overcoat has been very popular too popular it has now fallen into the hands of cheap manufacturers. Our customers must be pro
tected, for this reason we introdnce this new ready-to-wear --Chesterlleld" Overcoat. We wish to demonstrate the superior make and style
of this coat. They do not in any way compare with the ordinary ready made and are much better than are turned out by some
custom tailors. You get the satisfaction of style and fit. The patterns are drafted by men who study the prevailing t ifm
fashions. Your new overcoat should be the latest that's a "Chesterfield." According to qnality, from p 1 d to pd
Holiday Novelties that are Useful
n Bath or Lounge Robes
We are showing this year a
very large and selected as
sortment of this comfortable
garment., beautiful colorings
in woven swansdown or
I. lama cloth, This would
&.".'": $3' $.8.50
Silk Suspenders in French
or Dresden design, with gold'
or silver plated buckles, put
up one in a
box 50c 75c
Silk Handkerchiefs. Lyons
silk worked initial, Y dozen
in box, would make a n
useful present OUC
Buttons or Links The manufacturer
has tent ut some very new and novel designs in
cuff links and buttons for this holiday season,
and the same quality, we believe, will cost you
as much again at any Jewelry n to-j. -
store, from 5UC px5U
Gents' Pajamas This comfortable night
dress is becoming more popular every year. A
suitable holiday gift to any gentleman,
Boys' Leggins The newest in Boys' Leggins
is a rich wine colored or blue velvet. Present
the boy with a pair; they'll please him.
Scranton's Leading Ciutfitters to Men and Boys.
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