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HE recent formal announcement tor for four years, offices that were by Nathaniel H. Taylor, the unsought by him and which he

leading editorial writer of the assumed at the urgent request of Boston Daily Globe, that he is a Demo- Mayors. The present is the only pubcratic candidate for Mayor of Boston lic position he has ever sought, an!, as made a deep impression on the residents will be seen later, he seeks this solely of that city. The declaration also cre at the earnest solicitation of a host ated a sensation, followed by warm ap of citizens of his native city. proval, in newspaper circles, where Mr. In Boston during the past three Taylor has been regarded favorably for years there has been a thorough overmany years. Not only is he well hauling of the affairs of the municiknown to Boston journalists, but in pal government by a finance commishundreds of newspaper offices in many sion, and another finance commission states he has long been recognized is now in full power for the purpose as one of the best all-around men in of supervising the city business. the profession.

There has been tremendous exciteThis Democratic candidate for the ment during these three years in Mayoralty, known to many thousands municipal circles. The citizens have as "Nat" Taylor, is one of the most demanded better government and the modest and conscientious laborers in Legislature has stepped in and added the field of journalism. The merits more amendments to the city charter, he possesses will never be known with the expectation that such amendfrom his lips. The writer willen ments will strengthen the government deavor to point out briefly a few of and tend to prevent waste and exthose merits.

travagance in the departments. The office of Mayor calls for the These charter amendments are possession of varied qualifications by quite radical in some respects, and the incumbent thereof. Mr. Taylor

Mr. Taylor consequently there has been much possesses many of these qualifications. speculation as to who would be the Besides his newspaper experience, Mr. best man to elect as chief magistrate Taylor in the early 70's was with the to put the charter amendments into Union Pacific Railway for a time and force and thereby satisfy the wishes of was assistant clerk of the · Massa the taxpayers. chusetts House of Representatives in A large number of aspirants for the 1873 and 1874. For the two years office have come forward during the following he was in Washington year, but it can be truthfully said that with the National Bureau of Educa many of them have retired from the tion.

field. Several still assert in guarded His municipal training has been ex language in the press that they "may ceptionally thorough. He was Mayor's be” candidates. Mr. Taylor, howsecretary eight years and City Collec ever, is the first to formally announce


was a distinguished virtue, through Being a worker himself, Mr. Tay. his intimate familiarity with Boston lor's sympathies

lor's sympathies are always with and Massachusetts politics, through those who must earn their living. It his almost infinitely wide personal ac was the practice formerly at City Hall quaintance with all the men who are to suspend a large number of men worth knowing in New England, and from time to time. This led to so in short, because he is and always has much dissatisfaction that Mr. Taylor been ‘Nat Taylor, newspaper man, conceived the idea of keeping the auditor, expert accountant, confiden- laboring forces at work from January tial adviser and actuary.”

I to January 1, or all the year round. During the four years that he was He unfolded his plan to Mayor City Collector of Boston, Mr. Taylor Matthews. The consequence was that collected about $120,000,000, and the superintendent of streets, who when he resigned that office-the ad then controlled seven divisions-pavministration having changed from ing, sewer, street cleaning, etc.-was Democratic to Republican_official ex called in and instructed to lay aside pert accountants, appointed by the enough money so that it would be unCity Auditor, examined and found his

necessary to make discharges and susaccounts correct. During his adninis- pensions for lack of funds. This was tration of that office—the most im the beginning of the permanent basis portant in the city, outside of the system of employment, the idea being Mayoralty--he conducted it on an to carry on the rolls as many men as annual appropriation of $50,000 less were actually necessary and keep than it has been managed yearly since, them busy the entire year. Recently and he collected a larger percentage of this system was upset. Any one who all the taxes than has ever been col knows Mr. Taylor cannot doubt for lected in any subsequent year, besides an instant that, if elected Mayor, he having a smaller percentage of out would put the force of laborers on standing taxes than any subsequent col a permanent basis again, and not allectors--all of which was ascertained low them to be suspended for lack of and reported by the finance commis funds, and thereby lose their chance sion when it was investigating the to go on the pension list, when the affairs of the departments in City pension question is settled. Hall. His experience in the Mayor's The next Mayor of Boston should office, as well as in the financial de be perfectly familiar with all matters partments, gave him exceptional op- relating to the finances of the city. portunities, which his writings show Mr. Taylor has not only made a carehe improved, to understand thor ful study of these matters but he has oughly all the actual facts relating to had such a long and practical experithe assessment of property, tax rate, ence in the Mayor's office as secretary debt, loans, and kindred matters. that he knows exactly how to manage

Above all else, this candidate for the financial affairs of the municipality Mayor is a prodigious worker. He to the satisfaction of the citizens. has always been on some pay-roll since The coming Mayor will be called on he began his career as a reporter at also to so conduct the municipal busithe age of sixteen on the Boston Daily ness that it can withstand the close Times. He belongs to the two weeks' scrutiny of a financial commission, brigades of vacationists, never, except which, appointed by the Governor of when he went abroad one summer, the Commonwealth, has full authority having ever had more than two weeks to investigate the work of every departfor a vacation. In the early days of the ment and board whenever it sees fit, to Boston Globe he worked loyally with his ascertain if there is honest administraonly brother, General Taylor, to help tion, or if there is any malfeasance or build up that now prosperous journai, maladministration. and he is still at his post of duty.

An incompetent Mayor would soon

get into trouble with this finance com interests of all the taxpayers. Her mission, as well as with numerous citizens are doing some deep thinkcivic organizations, and his services ing on this subject. A factional would be very unsatisfactory in a very Mayor could not improve civic affairs, short time. The municipal business no matter how hard he tried. Mr. cannot be learned in a few weeks or Taylor, who has launched himself at a few months. Mr. Taylor's special the request of Democratic friends and training, therefore, renders him the supporters, would not have to waste best candidate for the office at this two years learning the duties of the critical stage in our city affairs.

office, as an inexperienced man would Boston needs a strong and experi- have to do. He is not mixed up in enced Mayor. She needs a Mayor who factional political quarrels. He has is fully qualified to discharge the always been successful in everything grave duties of the office. The time he has undertaken. If Boston chooses for experimental mayors has passed. him for Mayor her municipal affairs The city requires the services of a man will be conducted by a man of good who will be the Mayor of the whole moral character and one whose honcity, one who will protect the varied esty and ability cannot be questioned.



Over the zenith crept a haze,

Till hid from sight the sun;
Chilled was this last of golden days,

And all the sky was dun.

Sullen and grim the portent spread;

The earth seemed pinched and old;
Prey to a latent, gnawing dread

Of famine and of cold.

Out of the dark and low'ring sky

The flakes came wafting down;
Here on the waiting earth to lie,

Which else were bare and brown,

Coating with purest white each mar

All pitiless revealed,
Age and anguish and naked scar

The gracious snow concealed.

Aye, from that portent grim to view

The cloak of mercy fell;
Kindly as summer's rain or dew;

The winter's miracle.



"An old road, grass-grown and forgotten, now faintly traced and now disappearing altogether, is invested with mingled charm and awe. The whole countryside has become a palimpsest by the tracings of the roads and paths of succeeding generations.”Mary Anna Tarbell.


F all the summer pastimes, We make our start in the morning,

sports, and avocations ever ex when the night must have been

tolled in the magazines devoted burned away, leaving behind a sparkle to outdoor recreation, I never saw a of dew upon the grass; when the word of the science of road-exploring. vireos are making the wayside trees And yet there is nothing more fascinat- ring with their chatter, and now and ing; it appeals alike to the antiquarian then a black-throated green warbler, and to the lover of nature; yes, and is from the top of a distant pine, lets fall not without its atom of danger beside. his dainty watchword of “Trees, trees,

Materials of first necessity: a top- murmuring trees.” The highways are buggy long since relegated to the dry and sandy, but soon we shall be back shed, innocent of varnish and tracking a sodden path, unknown stout beyond the deacon's dreams; sec either to plodding farmers or stylish ond, an ancient nag, capable of forging rigs from the summer hotel. through an unbroken clump of birches, Even the loitering pace of Rock, our straddling a ditch, or pirouetting his veteran back-roadster, in time puts the way across a rotten bridge, with con miles behind, and from between dusty stant unruffled equanimity; third, a lanes of alder, birch, and pine we arcalm and wary driver, skilled in the rive at the three-corners, A. True to devices of his special art. Desiderata: our reasoning, behold the Abandoned a good road-map, an axe, and a rope. Road, grass-grown, deserted. No

With such an equipment my expert fence bars the way, and heavy ruts driver and I set forth one July day to indicate that logging teams have peneinvestigate a certain locality long trated there in the past spring Our under consideration. We have be

We have be- advance is easy and open. We cross come acquainted, by map and by ex a marshy lowland, where old Rock perience, with a network of well sinks to his ankles in mud, but plods traveled highways, which in an ab- foundering through. Beyond, a rise stract appear as in the accompanying among thick pines, where the needles diagram. (Plan No. 1.)

crackle fragrantly under the wheels. Observe the gap between A and B. There the loggers turned away to the There are no houses at those junc- right to seek their spoil, but we contions, nor are the roads that leave tinue straight, guided by the gap, them of special importance; ergo, it through the boles, like a cathedral is not mere chance that brings them aisle between its pillars, and by the into exact line; there ought to be, double line of stone-walls. How long must be, is, a forgotten thoroughfare ago, I wonder, did the sturdy pioneers spanning the mile interval. There is heap up those moss-grown embankno indication of it on the old county ments of gray granite, and thereby map, but never mind, it shall be re clear their mowings also? They stored to our private copy.

builded well and for the future, but

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