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THURSDAY'. AUGUST 17, 1022.
NOT A FAD.
Verinonters who are interested in the
problems of local government must have
been impressed by the recent news item
which announced that the municipal
manager form of government would be
continued in Springfield because it had
proved its worth. This statement was
evoked by the resignation of John B.
Wright, who has managed the affairs of
Springfield since that municipal corpora
tion gained the distinction of being the
first in the state to place its business in
the hands of an expert. Mr. Wright
went to Springfield from Keene, N. II.
He is a civil engineer who before coming
to Vermont had gained experience in
municipal administration. His resigna
tion is to take effect any time before
January, 1023; and the selectmen and
village trustees have offered the position
to II. M. Wilcomb, the present town and
The road of the municipal manager
in Springfield was not an easy one to
travel. Soon offer Mr. Wright's ar
rival opposition developed which, at
times, took a serious aspect. Many
looked upon this new form of govern
ment as a fad transplanted from the
outside world which would not long en
dure in conservative Vermont. As time
went on, however, and it was demon
strated that a real saving was effected
the opposition began to fade away. To
day the system seems to be a fixture in I
Springfield. It is interesting to note
that the balance sheet for the year 1021
showed a cash balance of S13.R00.Sn;
and that the town's debt has been de
creased $30,2."0.14 during Mr. Wright's
regime. Trior to the adoption of the
new , form of government the debt of the
town had steadily increased. This is a
real achievement and shows what can
be done when the same principles which
govern the business corporation are ap
plied to the municipal corporation.
The experience of Springfield merely
confirms the evidence from other places.
Barely has there been an attempt to
abolish the municipal manager system,
once it has been adopted. It is reason
able to believe that any city or town in
Vermont having a population of 5,000
or more would find it advantageous to
adopt this busin.ess-like way of conduct
ing its municipal affairs. It is not im
possible that it would be feasible for the
community of 3,000 or 4,000 people, but
to argue for this form of government in
a smaller place would be like arguing
for a large scale production machine in
a one-man shop. Common sense must
lead us to the conclusion that there are
barely a dozen places in Vermont where
the municipal manager, form of govern
ment would be fairly sure of success,
with an open question about a score or
so of others.
It is not a difficult matter for any
wn or village to adopt the municipal
manager form of government under the
authority of the General Laws of Ver
mont. A city isnot recognized in the
oniMinif i't o f ii In a n4 M'mli Via rKti(.fw1 tr, I
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anp'" tr.- legislature to cnange its
form of government if its charter con
tains no provision for a city manager.
St., Albans is operating under the city
manager plan of government by virtue of
its charter. The town or the incorpo
rated village, however, may adopt the
system by voting so to do in an annual
or special meeting provided that an arti
cle to that effect has been inserted in
the warning. The selectmen are re
quired by law to insert such an article
when petitioned by a number of voters
equal to four per cent of the total vote
cast in the town for governor at the last
election. Revocation of the plan may
be accomplished in substantially the
same manner. The town or village hav
ing adopted the municipal manager
form of government, it becomes the duty
of the selectmen or trustees to appoint
a manager who may be or may not be
a resident of the town. It is expected
that he will be familiar with municipal
administration; and he is appointed
without reference to his political belief.
He is responsible to the men who ap
point him and they may remove him for
cause by a majority vote. Unless other
wise voted by the town or village his
salary is determined by the selectmen or
trustees. Before entering upon his task
he is required to be sworn to the faith
ful performance of his duties and must
execute a bond in favor of the town. He
has general supervision of municipal af
fairs, and is the 'administrative head of
all departments. Police officers and
members of the fire department are ap
pointed and removed by him; and he
determines their ...salaries. He becomes
the purchasing agent of the town, per
forms all the duties hitherto performed
by the road commissioner, assumes the
duties of the overseer of the poor, and is
entrusted with the care of all public
property. New buildings are constructed
under his oversight. Furthermore, he
perforins all the duties before conferred
by law upon the selectmen except that
he may not prepare tax bills, draw or
ders, lay out highways, establish parks,
make assessments, award damages, act
as a member of the board of civil autbor-
ity, nor make appointments to fill va-
cancies which the selectmen are now au
thorized by law to fill. The care of
park? and playgrounds, the sprinkling
and lighting of streets and highways,
and the maintenance of the sewerage
system also devolve on him. Finally, he
controls the issue of licenses and has
authority to examine, all departments.
This is the character of the work
which the municipal manager is called
upon to do. It is not an easy matter
to find the individual who is qualified
to perform such exacting and varied
erviees, but he can usually be located
by careful search and attracted by a
salary which is commensurate with the
responsibility of the position. Needless
to say, a man not qualified would be
worse than none. Before deciding to
adopt this, form of government the elec
torate of a municipality should study the
budget, come to some conclusion as to
how much money can be saved by plac
ing the affairs of the community in the
hands of an expert, and then, if the
evidence warrants, courageously take
the step. Springfield has demonstrated
to Vermont that the municipal manager
form of government is not a fad.
A Manchester," N. II., man has been
catching bas3 of generous size . with a
hook baited with an ordinary cucumber
pickle and believes it to be the bait bf i
baits for bass. Another New Hampshire
man explains the lure of the pickle,
which he claims the bass does not strike
for because it is fond of pickles, but be
cause of its color as it twirls through
tne water on a
"spooner", it resembles a
small frog, therefore the fish is fooled
and hooked. However, if pickles do the
trick it will be an easy matter for the
bass fisherman to fill his bait-box.
The birth of two babies on the train
stranded in the Arizona desert might
furnish Zane Grey, the popular fiction I
author, with material for weaving into
the plot of one of his best selling, sage
The people who "bought till it hurt"
during the war bond campaigns are now
finding that it doesn't hurt at all. llut
Provided the wounds were not soothed
soon after by converting their purchases
"Don't eat when in a unhappy frame
of mind," says a medical authority.
Must we fast, then, until we know where
our winter's supply of coal is coming
So interested in the public? welfare is a
Maine wood dealer, that he has raised his
price from $14 to $1(1 a cord to prevent
Attorney General Daugherty thinks he
discerns the finger prints of the I. W.
W. in the activities of the railroad strik
ers. Perhaps Henry Ford couid get the
miners into the coal mines by Christmas.
August seems to be doing her bit to
ward making it an average summer.
Coal and Favoritism.
(St. Albans Messenger.)
In the clang of the day one often
hears it said that "them that has. gets."
This b far from being pure English but
it has its expressive force, nevertheless.
It might be used as a text in the situa
tion created, by the coal strike. Who is
going to get the coal, those who have the
money, place and station, or is there go
ing to be a fair divide all around? -
The state fuel administration must
take thi;; matter up. No doubt many !
newspapers in Vermont have already re-J
ceived complaints of favoritism on the
part of the dealers. The Messenger has. J
If these complaints are based on fact, a
condition of affairs is revealed that ought
not to be tolerated. We should all be pu
in the same box in a situation like the
present and kept there.
Equal treatment should be the slogan
and the state fuel administration should
use its efforts to make certain that no
one is receiving coal at the expense of
another.' Nothing will make for more
bitterness than the belief that there are
a chosen few who for one reason or an
other can get coal while at the same
time it is being denied to others.
The sate fuel administration should
lose no time in issuing strict instructions
on this mater of distribution and should
follow it up to see that the regulations
j re obeyed. If the matter is allowed to
drift much of the evil will have been
done before action is taken.
And He Did!
( SOME GOV HELD YOU UP,
I M J 'EH? WELL, YOU WATCH
i & ( ME GO OUT AND FIND
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: UWMrft DID-
L eLcVATe YOUR LUMCH fgM
If ova if
Protected by George Matthew Adams
The third Pan-American congress on
infant welfare will meet today at liio de
The primary campaign in Wyoming,
involving nominations for United States
senator, enters upon its last lap today.
Tariff charges for public country ele
vators will be considered by rhe board of
grain commissioners at a meeting in
Burlington, N. C, is to be the scene
of a pageant and celebration today" in
'commemoration of the battle of 'Alamance
in 1771, when the Regulators made the
first armed stand against British oppres
sion. Commercial representatives from many
parts of the world, as well as leaders in
finance, education, industries, science and
arts, are to assemble at Hamburg today
for a ten-day international economic con
gress devoted to a study of the recon
struction of Europe.
In the Day's News.
"Eat and drink in moderation and take
plenty of exercise." This is the rVcipe
for long life given by Sir Harry Poland,
England's oldest barrister, who has just
entered upon bis ninety-fifth year. For
more than seventy years Sir Harry has
been . actively identified itl the legal
profession. For forty years he prac
ticed at the (!d Bailey, the historic old
police court of London, ami durii-g this
period he prosecuted more murderers
than any other man living. In spite of
his years he is still hale and hearty and
continues active in his profession r.nd in
public affairs. Sir Harry has known
eight lord chief justices of England, and
his memory takes him back to the reign
of King William IV. the predecessor of
the late Queen Victoria on the British
throne. He attended the funeral of the
Duke of, Wellington and has known vir
tually all of England's reat ineu rnd
women of the past century.
1 7S.j Jonathan Trumbull Connecticut
statesman and trusted adviser of
General Washington, died at Leb
anon, Conn. Born there, Oct. 12,
170Gr-The Dutch fleet tinder Admiral
Lucas surrendered to the British
at the Cape 'of Good Hope.
1SG3 Congress of German sovereigns
met at Frankfort to reconstruct
the Germanic confederation.
1SS0 John C. Brown, Confederate com
mander and governor of Tennessee,
died at Bed Boiling Spring, Tena.
Born Jan. 6. 1S27.
1015 Leo M. Frank, convicted of the
murder or Mary Pbagan in At
lanta, lynched by a mob near Mari
1017 John W. Kern, U. ' R senator
from Indiana and Democratic
nominee for vice president, died
at Asheville, N. C. Born in How
ard county. Ind., Dec. 20, 1810.
1018 Jacob II. Gallinger of New Hamp
shire, oldest member of the United
States senate, died at Franklin,
N. II. Born at Cornwall, Ont.,
March 28. 1837.
1019 Former Empor William bought
the Doom estate near Utrecht, r
; . One Year Ago Today.
Industrial agreement concluded " by
Germans and Poles in Silesia.
Secretary of agriculture .was given
power of control over mean packers.
lit. Rev Samuel A. Stritch, Ontholic
bishop of Toledo, O., born at Nashville,
Tenn., yearn ago today. : -v -
Sir Edga Bowring, high commissioner
for Newfoundland in .London, born in
St. John's, Nfld., 64 years ago today.
Julia Marlowe (Mrs. E. II. Sothern),
one of the leading actresses of the Ameri
can stage, born in England, 52 years ago
John W. .Rawlingsj . infielder " of the
New York National league baseball team,
born at Bloom field, Iowa, 30 years ago
"William A. Tertrica, pitcher of the St.
Louis National league - baseball team,
born at Santa Barbara, Clif., 23 years
ago today. ' . ". '
ONE VIRTUE. , :
v One little virtue I possess I'm prompt in all my dealing ; and oh, it
"fills me with distress, -and ;makes me kick thk reUfcg, wbeij some one who
has made a date forgets or fails to meet i ; and then I sing my hymn of
hate; if I've a hat I eat it. "This fellow doesn't come on time, a measly
trick of his'n, I cry, "he's guilty of a f;rlme7s and' should bt" held in prison.
I'll tell him what I think, gee whiz, assure as I'iri a Yankee-;" the worst of
any virtue is it makes its owner cranky. I' have no patience with the men
.who turn their eyes to heaven and swear they'll come at half past ten, and
don't show up till 'leven. From virtues they are not exempt; each has his
shining merit, and looks upon me with contempt because I do not share it.
Though Johnson seldom keeps a date, he's famous as a giver, and to the
poor he sends a freight of spuds and beans and liver. Though Perkins leaves
me in the lurch, nor heeds the words I'm breathin, he does a lot to help
the church, and coughs up for the heathen. They doubtless think that I'm
a fraud, my virtue notwithstanding, for I'm cemented to my wad, no helpful
coins outhanding. '
Copyright by George Matthew Adam .
Me and Leroy ShoOeter wras setting
on my frunt steps and Puds Simkins
came up saying, Hay fellows, did you see
the bid sine un on the new drusr store?
y No, wat sine, wats it say? me and
Lerov sed. and I'uds sed. G. diuent you
see it. cosh, it savs a ice creem soda will
be gave free with every purchase made j
an Sattidav, and this is fcattiday.
Wich it was, and I sed. Well, I got a
cent but heck you cant get enythinc in
a drug store with a cent.
Thats jest wat I cot. too. Puds sed.
and Lerov sed, Thats all I got, either.
Me saying. Well how about goinc er
round and all buying a one cent stamp
thats a purchase aint it?
And we all went erround to the new
drug store and the sine was still there)
and we wawked in, me saying. 1 wunt a
one cent stamp, and Puds saving. So do
I, pnd IjeroV sayin?, I to too. And we
nh Tut.nur cent down and the man
tore off 3 stamps and gave us each one
saving, Ihis xs a big ueei lm putting
throo. this is going to make me rich.
Proberly beinsr sourestic, and us 3
fellows went to the soda watter part of
the store and sat down. on 3 stools and
the man came over sayinsr, Wat elts can
I do for vou?
We wunt the ice creem soda, please.
I sed. and the man sed, Wats that, have
vou kid got the nerve to ixpect a free
ice creem soda with a one cent stamp?
' vYell. its a purehase aint it? Puds
sed. and Leroy sed. The sine dnt sav
wbatj kind of a purchase, does it? and
Puds and Leror sed wat kind thev each
wunted. bfinrr the neerppt, thev came to
petting it on account of the men kpin"
on Kvin no and savin it loiid- sr-d
nmd'Ier every time us fallows told him
ft nnr rnt stsmrt was-a purchs the
'at th'mT d'rt bint to stand in th
floor trvin n ixchai'"" the ptamns lsf'
for our prts. ard th lat th'nf tVe
man 'l;d biii" to throw a wet wth atj
nt! ma riss us on account, or us nwin'T
Knfertn'iung th Passengers.
We talk about tourist trade in Ver
mont. After they eome we are certainly
a hospitable pwple. But when passen
gers coming from the south are stoned on
the train and have to have medical as
sistance enroute. as was the case last
week in Greenfield. Mass.. it certainly
gives our handshaking and cordial reeep-j
tions a jolt. f course strikers had noth
ing to d with this. Nor anything to to
with cutting rubber hose on tral:is in
Concord. No doubt the president of the
railroad did this himself, just to make it
cheerful for travelers going over his road.
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