The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Iron Puddler by James J. Davis:|
six feet, two inches tall in his stocking feet. He had put in his
sealed bid and then had approached everybody with his
proposition. His overtures were scorned and he was told that we
were not out for boodle but were "playing the game on the square"
(that had been my campaign slogan). It finally dawned on the
corrupt old bully that the lowest bid would get the contract. He
then came into my office and took down his bid to revise it. It
was such a big contract that he could not afford to lose it. I
told him that if his bid was not back in time I would so note it.
Bids were to be opened that night and read by me before the
mayor and council. I was familiar with every detail of the law