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The Sigma Chi Quarterly

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Pages: 322

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Sigma Chi Fraternity

Excerpt from book: AN ALUMNUS AND HIS BADGE. When they first came to my room to talk it over with me, they pointed out the social advantages, called attention to the pulchritude of the brethren, and assured me in all good faith that it would help me in "after life." I don't know about the latter inducement, even to this day. What I do know is, that it has helped me in this life, and the advantages seem so certain that I have no doubt they will continue indefinitely. If I had known then what I have since learned by pleasant experience, I would have accepted the invitation if from no other motive than that of cold hard business advantage just as a man goes into a building and loan association. It's a great thing to be a Sigma Chi and live on this earth. For a newspaper man who has occasion to go away from home at times it is better than letters of introduction from the crowned heads. I recall many instances which support this statement. Not that I ever made deliberate capital out of my connection with the fraternity—it simply led me into pleasant paths. One day in Chicago I called upon John A. Henry to interview him regarding an important political conference which he had attended. I had never before met him and didn't know much about him, except that he had come up from Indianapolis and was making himself heard in a large town, which showed that he amounted to something. Mr. Henry was courteous and cautious. He told me many things which I didn't care to print, but he failed to go into details. While we were talking I happened to expose the badge which was pinned to my vest. He saw it and said, rather suddenly, "Are you a Sigma Chi?" "Why, yes," I replied, in answer to his leading signal. We exchanged the grip, and in five minutes I knew more about that conference than some of the people w...  


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