OUR HERO STEPS OUT INTO LIFE
After two years of study in the law offices of Hammond & Field at Northampton, Mass., Calvin Coolidge was admitted to the bar and began his political career. He quietly got on the city Republican committee from the Second Ward, a strong Republican ward, and it may be assumed that he did not accidentally move into a strong Republican ward. He attended organization meetings, soberly, regularly, quietly, as he attended class meetings in Amherst, until the organization got used to seeing him. Then quietly, regularly, soberly he was elected to the city council from his ward. His first act was to introduce, soberly, regularly, quietly, a resolution of respect for the death of a Catholic colleague from a Democratic ward. Whereupon for many years after he was soberly, quietly and regularly strong at the election in that Democratic ward!
His law practice grew--also soberly, regularly, quietly. He made a specialty of the business of the small towns near Northampton; was reëlected to the council; got acquainted with the people of his ward; used to hang around the shoe shop and blacksmith shop where Democrats and Catholics who