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Election Day In Greece

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Election day is an exciting one in Greece. The last one was especially so in Athens. The people were to vote for members of parliament. The election occurs every four years. For a week previous to the polling all the rnen and boys were parading the streets, headed by a baai. The Greeks are blessed with most powerful lungs, and their shauts of "Vival" fairly drowned the braying of the donkeys. The interest was so intense that the young children shared it, and an American lady, passing a "mite of a boy" on the street, who was escorting a Uttle girl home from school, gallantly carrying her books, heard him ask her if she had a vote! The voting takes place in the churches on Sunday, conseqnently the customary sernce is dispensed with. In the clrarch to which an American gentleman succeeded in finding access there were ranged round the church forty-two boxes, that being the number of the candidates. These boxes were something the shape of a tea box, one half painted white, with "Yes" on it, and the other half black, with "No" on it. Tin tubes projected from the front outward. Looking through these tubes one could see that the boxes were divided into two compartments. Beside each box stood a representative of the candidate, and over th box appeared the candidate's picture. Each voter, as he entered the church, had his name and address registered, and a check given him. The above mentioned representative then gave the voter a, bullet, or vote, made of lead. Formerly the dishonest voter would slip another bullet up his coat sleeve, and as he raised his arm to the tube the bullet would roll down, and two votes instead of one be cast; but the representative now watches to prevent cheating. Negative votes as well as affLrmative must also be cast; that is, if a voter objects to a candidato, he must cast a negative bullet. The voter, of course, casts one vote at each box, or forty-two in all,


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