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at the cabinet table with Mr.
Hughes as an entirely satisfactory
substitute for Mr. Root. While
the other members of the cabinet
do not have the same standing in
the public mind as the three nam-
ed, several of them seem to be
especially fitted for the posts to
which they have been invited.
New Hampshire is recognized by
the choice of her native son, Mr.
Weeks, whose name thus is added
to the notable list which began
with Levi W'oodbury, and has in-
cluded Webster, Chase, Cass,
Chandler, Dix, Fessenden, Dear-
born and others.



Last month the people of New
Hampshire refused with emphatic
decision to ratify any of the four
amendments to the constitution
submitted to them. We are still
of the opinion that the best inter-
ests of the state would have been
served by the ratification of all of
them, but that is a question now of
only academic interest. The im-
mediate problem presented by the
failure of the income tax amend-
ment is how to pay the state's bills.
As this is written the legislature



is adopting the solution of cutting
to the bone the living expenses of
the state government and refusing
absolutely to make any extension of
its activities on any lines, however
worthy and desirable. Two years
of this policy may not do any great
harm ; may have, in fact, a salutary
effect in certain directions. But to
continue it indefinitely would make
New Hampshire a by-word among
her sister states. In a decade the
damage thus done would be well
nigh irreparable. The General
Court of 1923 will be looked to for
a sounder financial policy.



The series of articles upon the
state government of 1921-1922 has
been interrupted this month in
order to allow time for the prepara-
tion of an article to be published
in the May issue, giving an outline
of the work of the legislature at
its three months' session and por-
traits and sketches of some of the
leaders in the lower branch to
supplement Mr. Metcalf's story of
the Senate in the March number.



New Hampshire is forging ahead
fast among the states in mazagine
making, both as to quantity and
quality. Few establishments in the
country excel the output of the
Rumford Press at Concord, with
the Atlantic, Asia, Century, House
Beautiful, St. Nicholas, North
American Review, Yale Review,
and many others on its list. And
now we have just learned that the
Photo-Era magazine, one of the
handsomest and most interesting
class publications extant, is being
published at Wolfeboro, where its
editor and manager, Mr. A. H.
Beardsley, has taken up his resi-
dence. Certainly in its new location
Photo-Era has no lack, in beautiful
scenery, of "raw material" for
its justly famous illustrations.



BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST



Norman Hapgood, journalist and
diplomat, has been for a quarter of
a century a resident during a large
part of almost every year of New
Hampshire and has taken a more
than academic interest in our poli-
tics. In return we take a lively
interest in whatever Mr. Hapgood
writes, finding him always pun-
gent, readable and well informed,
even when, as often is the case, we
disagree with his conclusions. "The
Advancing Hour," his latest book,
is published by Bon.i & Liveright
of New York and deals with pro-
blems of the immediate yesterday,
today and tomorrow.

He finds this a time of "a double
revolution, shifting of class power
and shifting of the nations," and
regrets that this country has be-
come "the home of reaction" and
has taken to "the storm cellar,"
becoming meanwhile the victim of
a "blockade of thought." Mr. Hap-
good defines the issues of Nation-
alism, the class conflict, and tells
why he finds himself just now "a
man without a party." He answers
in the negative the cpiestion, "Is
Socialism needed?" and finds in co-
operation between farmers and
other labor the solution of the
situation. "Liberalism," which he
seems to find embodied in Mr.
Justice Brandeis, is another of Mr.
Hapgood's requisites for the future
of our nation.

Two chapters he devotes to ex-
plaining his very well known atti-
tude in favor of the soviet govern-
ment in Russia and another to ex-
plaining why President Wilson
reaped no harvest from the seeds of
great deeds which he sowed. Fi-
nally he answers the question,
"What is our faith?" which seems
to be that the Sermon on the
Mount should supplant the Ten
Commandments as the individual
and national law of conduct.



"The Advancing Hour" is bril-
liant and stimulating. Conservative
readers may think that it would
violate the Volstead Act of letters,
if there were such a statute.



James Oliver Curwood, very
popular novelist of the North, issues
through his publishers, the Cos-
mopolitan Book Company, New
York, a pretty little book, "God's
Country : The Trail to Happiness,"
which, it is hoped, will share in the
wide circulation of his stories ; for
it will do its readers good. Mr.
Curwood has found for himself a
religion in nature which he preaches
to all who will hear. In the vivid
style of which he has wonderful
command he tells of the days when
he was a "killer" and of how a
great grizzly bear made him see the
error of his ways and of how he
found "the road of faith." Mr. Cur-
wood has not discovered anything
new. The worship of nature was
the first religion and it never has
lacked for devotees. But this
writer preaches it with an eloquence
that entices and a sincerity that
impresses. His answer to the rid-
dle of the ages is not, to us, com-
plete and satisfying; but his back
to nature remedy for the ills of the
times is a good one and very easy
and pleasant to take whether here
among our New Hampshire hills
or in the mighty Rockies of which
Mr. Curwood writes.



The series of books issued under
the auspices of the Red Cross to
inform the American people as to
what their dollars did over seas
when spent by the Red Cross or-
ganization is concluded with a
volume, "American Red Cross
Work Among the French People,"
by Fisher Ames, Jr., published by



BOOKS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE INTEREST



177



Macmillan, New York. It tells the
story of civilian relief work in
France alone and gives a clear idea
of the importance and the magni-
tude of this endeavor. Previous
titles in the series have been "The
American Red Cross in the War,"
"The Red Cross in Italy," "With the
Doughboy in France" and "The
Passing Legions." It is good to



have this glorious accomplishment
fully and justly recorded, and maybe
the books will serve the further
purpose in these disappointing
days of "peace" of recalling to mind
the times of "war" when men and
women showed the pure gold rather
than the polished brass of their
composition.



RAIN IN APRIL



By Helen Adams Parker.

The wind sighs through the casement,
It growls behind my chair;
The dry leaves left from Autumn
Go flying everywhere.

The bare trees look .so sombre,
Upreaching to the sky,
Their leaden branches rocking
Above the earth so high.

The birds fly under cover,
Or circle — overhead,
The wind, it blows .so fiercely
They seem to be afraid.

But hush ! it all is over
The wild wind's fret and frown,
A wing dove oils its feathers,
The April rain comes down.



NEW HAMPSHIRE NECROLOGY




The Late Frank L. Kendall



COL. FRANK L. KENDALL.

Colonel Frank L. Kendall of Rochester.,
one of the leading insurance men in New
England, a public-spirited citizen with a
wide social acquaintance, bank director
and president of the Rochester Chamber
of Commerce, died suddenly on Saturday,
May 29, 1920, while on a fishing trip at
North Wakefield. The news came as a
great shock not only to his home city,
but to the great number of his friends
throughout the state and country.



Colonel Kendall was born in St. Johns-
bury, Vermont, June 25, 1871, the only
child of L. L. and Maria A. (Poland)
Kendall, his father being a life long resi-
dent of Vermont and a well known mer-
chant there.

Frank L. Kendall graduated from the
St. Johnsbury Academy just before he
was sixteen years of age. After leaving
school, he accepted a position in the post
office at St. Johnsbury, remaining there
about a year. At the end of this time



NEW HAMPSHIRE NECROLOGY



179



he associated himself with the Vermont
Central and Boston and Maine Railroads
as telegraph operator at Burlington and
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and Concord and
Lakeport, New Hampshire.

Then he accepted a position in the in-
surance business with True E. Prescott of
the Melcher and Prescott Agency at Lake-
port, New Hampshire, where he remain-
ed ten years, the last year of this time
giving part of his time to work as an
adjuster for the American Central In-
surance Company of St. Louis, Mo., in
connection with the agency at Laconia.

Leaving there in 1892 to accept the
management of the A. S. Parshley Agency
at Rochester, New Hampshire, he held
that position about two years and then
purchased the agency. The business grew
by leaps and bounds under his management
until it became one of the largest agencies
in New Hampshire. For many years he
was associated with insurance men of
high standing and was a member of the
New Hampshire State Board of Under-
writers, A short time before his death
he with other Rochester capitalists bought
the Prudential Fire Insurance Company,
re-organized it and moved its headquarters
to Rochester.

Colonel Kendall's activities were by no
means confined to insurance, however.
He was at different times interested in
various branches of retail trade and had
large real estate holdings. He was for
years a director in the Rochester Loan
and Banking Co., and after ; ts merger
with the Rochester National bank, con-
tinued as director in the consolidated in-
stitution. For many years he had been
treasurer of the Rochester Fair associa-
tion, where his great business ability,
system and accurate accounting methods
were of the greatest advantage to the
association. He was one of the lead-
ing organizers of the Rochester Coun-
try club, had been its president and
was always a prominent member. He had
been secretary and treasurer of the
Rochester Building and Loan Association,
one of the oldest and most prosperous
organizations of this sort in the state.

Ever since living in Rochester, he had



affiliated with the Congregational church
and had taken a great interest in its work.
He served as warden for a number of
years and at the time of his death was
moderator of the society. He was always
ready to contribute money and time to
further the interests of the church.

Colonel Kendall at the time of his
death was president of the Rochester
Chamber of Commerce, to which he had
devoted much time and thought.

During the war, his services as an or-
ganizer were in great demand. No man
was more efficient in this sort of work
than he and he organized and directed
many of the big drives in his community
and in the county. His card indexes con-
nected with these drives are still preserved
and will prove of great interest and value
in the future beyond a doubt.

He had a large hand in starting the
Rochester hospital and was the treasurer
of the association until he resigned and
was elected chairman of the board of
trustees.

Colonel Kendall secured his military
title by service on the staff of Governor
I achelder. He wais a thirty-sceond
decree Mason, a member of the Rochester
lodge, chapter, council, commandery,
and Eastern Star, and of Aleppo Temple
of the Mystic Shrine; and was also an
Odd Fellow.

Colonel Kendall married Miss Sarah E.
Kennett, sifter of the late Hon. A. Crosby
Kennett of Conway. She survives him,
together with one son, Kennett Russell.
He also leaves two half sisters, Mrs.
Clara M. Plummer of Lakeport, and Miss
Elizabeth Kendall of St. Johnsbury, Vt,
and a half-brother, Josiah B. Gage of
Olcan, N. Y.

His home paper, the Rochester Courier,
said at the time of his death : "Few men
in a community of this size have ever
had so great a variety of activities as
Colonel Kendall was engaged in. These
continued up to his death and his loss
will certainly be greatly felt here and
H'ewhere. He was public-spirited in the
highest degree and was never called on
in vain for any public enterprise of merit."



THE ROAD TO JERICHO

By Alice M. She par d

All down the road to Jericho
Ajourneying the people go, —
The priest, the Levite, and the man.
The thieves, and the Samaritan.

Sometimes the Levite and the priest,
Oft times the "neighbor" on his beast,
Will fare along with one intent,
To frustrate what the thieves have meant.

They bind the wounds, they pour in oil,
They spare not scrip, they stint not toil,
To heal the nations if they may,
And help them, limping, on their way.

O futile pilgrims ! Why so blind
And .slow of heart in being kind?
Why leave the ambush, and the den,
Whence robbers come to prey on men?

The groaning world cries out in need :
"Heal those that suffer, heal and feed,
Yet more, prevent my future woe,
Make safe the road to Tericho."



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THE GRANITE MONTHLY



Vol. LIII.



MAY, 1921.



No. 5.



THE WORK OF THE LEGISLATURE

By H. H. Metcalf.



The New Hampshire General
Court of 1921 assembled on Wed-
nesday, January 5, at 11 o'clock in
the forenoon, and was prorogued a
little after 11 o'clock in the evening,
actual time, at 5 p. m., legislative
time, on Thursday, April 14. Of
these 100 days, 72 witnessed ses-
sions of the two bodies and busi-
ness was transacted on 44 of them.

There originated in the Senate 41
bills and three joint resolutions ; in
the House, 417 bills and 66 resolu-
tions. Of these 283 became laws
and 244 failed of passage. The
Governor did not veto, or withhold
his approval from any measure
submitted to him.

There were two deaths during
the session among the members of
the Legislature. Hon. Joe W.
Daniels of Manchester, senator
from the 22nd District, died sud-
denly of heart disease towards the
end of a session during which he
had endeared himself to his asso-
ciates by his genial kindness and
had proved himself a faithful and
efficient public servant. Repre-
sentative James A. Gallagher of
Ward Seven, Nashua, was fatally
ill at the opening of the session and
never took the oath of office. Sick-
ness also prevented Representative
Wilbur G. Colcord of Ward Three,
Manchester, fr<om taking the
seat to which he was elected.

According to the figures given in
the Official Manual of the General
Court, the Senate was made up of
21 Republicans and three Demo-
crats ; the House of 294 Repub-



licans, 109 Democrats, and one In-
dependent, George L. Porter of
Langdon. The House was especial-
ly distinguished as to membership
because of the fact that for the first
time in the history of the state
women occupied seats as entitled
representatives of two towns, Mrs.
Mary L. (Rolfe) Farnum of the
town of Boscawen, and Miss Jessie
Doe of the town of Rollinsford.
They were notably faithful and
quietly efficient in the discharge of
their duties and were highly re-
spected and esteemed by their asso-
ciates.

Another unprecedented feature of
this session of the legislature was
the resignation, at its close, of Hon.
Leslie P. Snow of Rochester as
president of the senate in order to
accept an appointment as justice of
the supreme court. Senator James
A. Tufts of Exeter was elected by
acclamation, on motion of Senator
Charles S. Emerson, to succeed
President Snow, thus establishing
beyond question the succession to
the governorship in case of the ab-
sence or disability of the present
Chief Executive.

The usual presentation of gifts to
the officers and attaches of the two
branches occurred on the final day
of the session and was featured by
the gift of a purse of gold to Rep-
resentative William J. Ahern of
Ward Nine, Concord, the member
of longest legislative service, and
whose work in expediting the busi-
ness of the session was universally
recognized as of the greatest value.



184 THE GRANITE MONTHLY



The New Hampshire Legislature of 1921

DID

Reduce the state tax.

Protect the state roads.

Codify the school laws.

Authorize credit unions.

Regulate the sale of seeds.

Increase motor vehicle fees.

Enact a new pharmacy law.

Authorize the closing of jails.

Raise the bounty on wild cats.

Relieve women from jury duty.

Allow the killing of fewer deer.

Free the Dover-Eliot toll bridge.

Authorize a state publicity board.

Equalize salaries of state officials.

Regulate the naming of highways.

Legislate against daylight saving.

Require a woman factory inspector.

Protect maternity and infant welfare.

Name the Daniel Webster Highway.

Remove the limit from interest rates.

Assist the Grand Army of the Republic.

Make June 30 the end of the fiscal year.

Provide continuing boards of selectmen.

Establish the office of state veterinarian.

Regulate the sale of inflammable polishes.

Reduce the amount of .state aid to schools.

License chiropractors and lobster fishermen.

Make large anti-tuberculosis appropriations.

Make six inches the legal size of brook trout.

Require the payment of fees into the state treasury.

Make provision for state university extension courses.

Give the American Legion quarters in the state house.

Change the manner of distributing the session laws.

Provide for the expenses of the Constitutional Convention.

Raise the debt limit of the city of Manchester and furnish the
city with state-appointed highway and finance commissions.

Provide for commissions on divorce laws, workmen's compensa-
tion, water power conservation, 300th anniversary of the
settling of New Hampshire, foreign and domestic commerce,
Connecticut River traffic.



THE LEGISLATURE 185



The New Hampshire Legislature of 1921

DID NOT

Regulate billboards.

Aid agricultural fairs.

Allow absentee voting.

Extend state activities.

Encourage bee keeping.

Increase appropriations.

Censor moving pictures.

Raise the pay of jurors.

Repeal the divorce laws.

Liberalize the Sunday law.

Tax furniture and fixtures.

Provide public warehouses.

Allow women to hold office.

Lay out new state highways.

Establish a state police force.

Prohibit stalls in restaurants.

Repeal the direct primary law.

Regulate the gear of automobiles.

Tax the income from intangibles.

Give Manchester a normal school.

Punish the libel of religious sects.

Make topographic maps of the state.

Abolish the state board of education.

Establish a minimum wage commission.

Establish a state board of piano tuning.

Remove the protection from pheasants.

Require the union label on state printing.

License plumbers and electrical workers.

Direct a re-valuation of taxable property

Provide for a revision of the public statutes.

Exempt from taxation farm mortgages at 6 per cent.

Establish a 48 hour work week for women and children.

Exempt from taxation new homes and farm improvements.

Require that the deputy secretary of state should be a woman.

Abolish the offices of liquor law enforcement and state liquor

agent.
Make the highway and fish and game departments triple-headed

commissions.
Require the inspection and licensing of hotels and restaurants

and makers of ice cream and beverages.



186



THE (iRANITE MONTHLY



The presentation address to this
honored veteran was made by
Representative William E. Price of
Lisbon, one of the new members,
who attracted attention by his
evident fitness for the work of
legislation.

In his address proroguing the
legislature, Governor Brown said to
its members :



against destructive use ; for the
improvement of the school law and
some reduction in the cost of its
operation ; for the closing of certain
jails ; for the equalization of sal-
aries paid by the state ; and for the
payment of fees and other income
into the state treasury.

"Extensive provision has been
made for continuing the fight




Hon. William J. Ahern,
Parliamentary Leader.



"It is the quality, not the quan-
tity, of your work, that will com-
mend it to your constituents.

"Among the acts of the session
of major importance are the enact-
ments providing for continuing
boards of selectmen ; for the main-
tenance of highways by the traffic
they bear and for their protection



against tuberculosis in men and
animals. The Sunday law has been
retained, unimpaired, upon the
.statute book. The state's greatest
highway has been named for her
most distinguished son. The aid
of the state has been extended to
the city of Manchester to supply a
need where local government, for



THE LEGISLATURE



187



the time being, had failed. Various
commissions have been created to
serve without pay in the interest
of the state.

"The appropriations provide for
necessaries, only, and not for luxu-
ries. They are reflected in a de-
ficiency tax of $450,000 for the cur-
rent fiscal year; a state tax of
$1,700,000 for the next year; and of
$1,500,000 for the year following
that.

"This result should mark a turn-
ing point in taxation. Your work
in bringing it about is extremely
gratifying to me, and in return I
promise you the money appropriat-
ed shall be expended with the ut-
most care and prudence, and that,
so far as it can be prevented, no
deficiency will be permitted to ac-
crue.

"I desire to thank you in behalf
of the people of New Hampshire,
whose servants you are and to
whom you are about to return, for
the general excellence of your
record in legislation, and for the
earnest and orderly manner in
which, under a capable and efficient
presiding officer, you have proceed-
ed with your work. I also thank
you for your splendid co-operation
with me and for your kindness and
courtesy to all with whom the pub-
lic business has brought you into
contact."

For various reasons this General
Court was rather slow in getting
into its .stride and an unusually
large number of measures were left
for final disposition until the last
fortnight of the session. This was
due in part to the extended con-
sideration given in committees to
several important matters upon
which continued hearings were de-
sired.

Another cause was the compara-
tive lull in the proceedings which
followed the vote appropriating
money to pay the expenses of a
special session of the constitutional



convention. Until this one-day
session had been held and the re-
sults of its work judged by the
people on town meeting day, there
was more or less uncertainty as to
the legislative program with es-
pecial reference to taxation and ap-
propriations. The decision of the
people at that time not to open
up new sources of revenue added to
the obligation of the general court
to keep down state expenses, and
in that endeavor special inquiries
were made into the finances of the
state departments of education,
highways and fisheries and game,
those of the State College and the
whole matter of state salaries.

The work of the committee on
appropriations in the House and
that of the committee on finance in
the Senate, led by their respective
chairmen, Hon. Harry T. Lord of
Manchester and Hon. George A.
Fairbanks of Newport, was d'one
with remarkable thoroughness and
fairness, and the support given the
committee recommendations by the
two branches was evidence of the
confidence felt in the success of
their endeavors for economy with-
out parsimony.

The application of the pruning
knife, however, to the work of the
state board of education and an
increased degree of supervision over
its finances by the governor and
council led to the resignation from
the board of its chairman, Gen.
Frank S. Streeter, and three of his
associates, Thomas W. Fry of
Claremont, Ralph D. Paine of Dur-
ham and John C. Hutchins of
Stratford.

The most successful attempt to
increase the revenues of the state
was by increasing the fees charged
for the registration of motor
vehicles and changing the basis of
payment from horse power to gross



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