A Life Span And Reminiscences Of Railway Mail Service

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Section 3ments could be made. This order was issued April 16, 1872, and provided for a tenure of office based upon good behavior and efficiency. The methods of ascertaining and promoting these were practical, being such, in the main, as had been applied to the service successfully by its own ...
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A life span and reminiscences of railway mail service

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Section 3ments could be made. This order was issued April 16, 1872, and provided for a tenure of office based upon good behavior and efficiency. The methods of ascertaining and promoting these were practical, being such, in the main, as had been applied to the service successfully by its own officers, and as were then coming into general use. Among these may be mentioned, in the order of their introduction, the facing slip, case examination, schedule of connections, and the probationary period; this last kept fresh in the minds of new appointees the fact that while entry into the service was usually secured through political influence, it might not be sufficient to retain them therein unless they demonstrated fitness for it; this was an incentive to the highest usefulness. Nevertheless many failed—it is claimed as high as 30 per cent. previous to 1885—and were dropped at the end of either the first or second probation, the latter being frequently granted. These civil service rules were reasonably satisfactory as long as the political complexion of successive administrations of the Government remained unchanged, which was until March 4, 1885; after that date they were of no effect, but on May 1, 1889, a civil service that was, and is, effective, was established by law. Mr. Bangs also faced the fight made upon the service in 1873 and 1874, and had the satisfaction of seeing it overcome. Resigned February 3, 1876. THEODORE N. VAIL succeeded to the general superintendency February 4, 1876. He had been a route agent on the Union Pacific railroad, west of Omaha, Nebraska, and a head clerk in the Omaha and Ogden railway post office, on the same road, for several years. Early in the seventies he was detailed to the office of General Superintendent Bangs, and in 1873, I think, was promoted to assistant superintendent, an...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781103428007
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 2/11/2009
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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