problems and to these necessary qualities may be added another almost as important: a verile capacity for human sympathy and understanding.
Edwin Bridges has more than lived up to these requirements. In ability, in scrupulous integrity and high character, and in unselfish devotion to duty he is finely representative of the best traditions of the public service. He leaves Raleigh with the respect and admiration of his co-workers and the public generally.
JUNE 8, 1929
There is no basis in fact for the statement that my recent appointment to membership on the State Board of Elections were founded on factional politics. It has been my constant purpose to keep my administration free from suggestion of punitive political policies. It is true that my appointees to the State Board of Elections are my friends of long standing, but they are likewise men of high integrity and I know they will discharge the duties of their office with absolute fairness to all candidates and parties and in harmony with my well-known views concerning election laws and election machinery. I ask for nothing more. I will be content with nothing less.
In my judgment, the most unfortunate thing that could happen to the Democratic party would come from a recurrence of the unfortunate issues which split and rent our party in the last election. I am prompted to make this observation solely by reason of the reported purpose I am alleged to have had in mind in naming the election board. When I think of parties and politics, my plans originate in the idea of preserving