Pedigree Was Fine, But —,
Though nepotism has been known to get good railroad jobs for young men, there is one passenger official in Kansas City with whom family connections do not go very far.
A few days ago the official in question was in quest of an additional man for his office.
A friend, learning of his desire, took occasion to write a letter indorsing a young man of his acquaintance.
The letter contained some glowing testimonials of some of the things accomplished by the young man’s ancestors and relatives. But it didn’t get very far with the passenger official, when sent the following laconic reply to the young man’s indorser:
“Judging from your letter, the young man you recommend must have a good pedigree. However, I merely desire a clerk now, but if I conclude to start a stock farm later, I will let you know and will be glad to give the young man a chance.”
– Kansas City Journal.
The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Jun 17, 1912