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CONCLUSION.

Gentlemen of the City Council :

The main objects which I have tried to keep in view during the past four years have been to simplify the organization and machinery of the government; to systematize the books and accounts of the various departments; to secure a more efficient coöperation between the different departments; to reduce the cost and increase the value of our public works by the introduction of business methods in all that relates to the purchase of materials, the letting of contracts, and the building operations of the city ; to secure such legislation as seemed from time to time to be necessary ; to defend the city treasury against hostile attack; to maintain a conservative management of the city finances; to keep the current expenses of the government within its current income; to use the public credit only for improvements of general and admitted utility; to improve the sanitary condition of the city ; to provide better accommodations and treatment for the sick, the poor, and the insane; to procure better streets and pavements; to provide new school-houses and other public buildings; to complete the parks; to readjust upon a fairer basis the relations between the city and the private corporations enjoying privileges in the streets; and to facilitate travel and rapid transit through the city.

In a city where the people are accustomed more than in other cities of this country to rely on the municipal corporation rather than on private enterprise for the development of its material interests; with a system of taxation under which every person with land to develop and improve is invited to secure the means to do so out of the public treasury; in a community burdened with elections so frequent

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as to create a condition of perpetual politics ; with State and municipal legislatures, many of whose members spend their time in attacking the financial interests of the city ; – the efficient and economical government of a city, where individuals, sections, classes are continually clamoring, with the assistance of the press (in the news columns, if not on the editorial page), for things that either cannot or ought not to be done, and where the head of the government is theoretically responsible for everything that is done or is not done, is a task of enormous difficulty, and one that is capable of imperfect execution only.

The leading thought which I bave endeavored to keep in mind during the administration of the past four years has been that the Mayor should, as contemplated by the charter amendments of 1885, take into his hands a larger share of direction and responsibility than had previously been the case, and thus become more directly accountable to the people for the administration of their affairs. Promising in my first letter of acceptance to literally and in person fulfil the obligations imposed by the city charter, I have endeavored to do my part in the administration of the city government upon this theory, and not to magnify the office beyond the express injunctions of the city charter.

I am conscious of innumerable omissions, shortcomings, and inistakes. I know that many things have been left undone for lack of time; and that some things could have been done differently, and some much better. I trust, however, that the administrative and financial methods which have been introduced during these four years may prove a lasting benefit to the city, and tend to make its government easier for those who are to come after me; and that the work of the Board of Survey, the new radial thoroughfares, the Subway, and the Parks, — improvements that will change the face of Boston, — will serve to prepare our city for its metropolitan career.

In laying down the administration of this great trust I desire to express my gratitude and obligation to the citizens

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of Boston who have so generously supported me at four successive elections, and to thank the members of the City Council, and the heads of departments, for the assistance received on innumerable occasions and in innumerable

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APPENDIX.

FINANCIAL TABLES

PREPARED AT VARIOUS TIMES BETWEEN 1991 AND 1894,

AND YOW BROLGHT DO TO DATE.

(FOR INDES TO TABLES, SEE PP. 57.]

Table No. 1.

POLLS, POPULATION, VALUATION, AND TAX-RATE.

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58,277

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61,392

076
0 78
076

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1822
1823
182+
1825
1826
1827
1828
1829
1830
1831
1832
1833
1834
1835
1836
1837
1838
1839
1810
1841
18+2*
1843
1844
1845
1846
1847
1848
1849
1850
1851
185?
185:)
1854

78,603

8,880
9,855
10,897
11,660
12,602
12,412
12,535
13,495
13,096
13,618
1+,181
14,899
15,137
16,188
16,719
17,182
15,615
16,561
17,696
18,915
119,636
1 20,063
1 22,339
24,287
25,974
27,008
27,726
28,363
28,018
28,445
28,983
29,959
31,130

$23,364,400
25,367,000
27,303,800
30,992,000
34,203,000
36,061,400
35,908,000
36,953,800
36,960,000
37,675,000
39,145,200
40,966,400
43,140,600
47,552,800
53,370,000
56,311,600
57,372,400
58,577,800
60,424,200
61,963,000
65,499,900
67,673,400
72,048,000
81,991,400
90,119,600
97,764,500
100,403,200
102,827,500
105,093,400
109,358,500
110,699,200
116,090,900
127,730,200

$19,775,800

19,529,800
22,540,000
21,450,600
25,246,200
29,797,000
25,615,200
24,104,200
22,626,000
23,023,200
28,369,200
29,510,800
31,665,200
31,789,800
34,895,000
33,272,200
32,859,200
33,248,600
34,157,100
36,048,600
41,223,800
42,372,600
46, +02,300
53,957,300
58,720,000
64,595,900
67,321,800
71,372,700
7+,907,100
78,588,500
76,980,800
96,423,300
99,283,000

$42,140,200
44,896,800
49,842,800
52,442,600
69,449,200
65,858,400
61,523,200
61,068,000
59,586,000
60,698,200
67,514,400
70,477,200
74,805,800
79,302,600
88,265,000
89,583,800
90,231,600
91,826,400
94,581,600
98,006,600
106,723,700
110,046,000
118.450,300
135,948,700
148,839,600.
162,360,400
167,728,000
174,180,200
180.000,500
187,947,000
187,680,000
206,514,200
227,013,200

$6 30
6 00
750
7 00
7 00
7 00
7 10
7 14
7 32
7 14
8 20
8 50
9 40
9 70
9 50
10 00

9 80
11 30
11 00
12 00
5 70
6 20
5 80
5 52
6 00
6 00
6 50
6 50
6 80
7 00
6 40
7 10
8 75

$7 30
7 00
8 50
7 00
7 00
7 00
7 10
7 90
8 10
7 90
8 20
8 50
9 40
9 70
9 50
10 00

9 80
11 30
11 00
12 00
5 70
6 20
6 00
5 10
6 00
6 00
6 50
6 50
6 80
7 00
6 40
7 60
9 20

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93,383

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114,306

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136,881

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