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THE



MUNICIPAL REGISTEK



For 1896



CONTAINING



A COMPILATION OF THE CITY CHARTER AND THE OTHER

LAWS AFFECTING THE CITY PASSED PRIOR TO

JULY 1, 1896,

A KEGISTER OF THE CITY GOVEKNMENT,



RULES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN,

COMMON COUNCIL, AND

CITY COUNCIL,

A LIST OF EXECUTIVE AND OTHER PUBLIC OEEICEES,

AND

VARIOUS STATISTICS RELATING TO THE CITY.



[CITY DOCUMENT NO. 34.]




BOSTON:
ROCKWELL AND CHURCHILL, CITY PRINTERS.

1896.



INTRODUCTION.



The City has annually since 1821 issued a volume contain-
ing, until 1829, a register of the City Council and a list of
the officers. In 1829, the City Charter, in 1830, the acts
relating to Boston and the ordinances, and in 1832 an index
were added. The volume for 1822 contains fifteen pages,
and for 1840 eighty-five pages and three pages of index.
The volume up to, and including, 1840 bears the title of The
Rules and Orders of the Common Council, and since that
year the title of The Municipal Register. The Municipal
Register for 1841 contains the Rules and orders of the
Common Council, joint rules, ordinances of the City, statutes
of the Commonwealth relating to the City, a list of the public
schools, the City government of 1841, the committees and
departments' (consisting at that time of the treasury, law,
police, health, public land and buildings, lamps and bridges,
fire, and public charitable institutions), and a list of the
ward officers ; from 1842 to 1864, it also contains a list of
the members of preceding City governments, a necrological
record of these members, the latest ordinances and the special
statutes relating to the city; in 1851 a list of the annual
orators was added, and in 1853 a map of the City and the
rules of the Board of Aldermen were inserted ; in 1876 statis-
tics of registration and voting were included, and since 1879
in tabulated form ; in 1883 portraits of the Mayor and pre-
siding officers of the two branches of the City Council were
included, and in 1888 a list of the members of the past City
governments of Roxbury and Charlestown was added, and
continued to 1890. Since 1889 the Municipal Register is
in substantially the form of the present volume.

5



ORIGIN



THE CITY OF BOSTON.



Boston was incorporated a Town by the order
of the Court of Assistants passed September 17 (7,
O. S.), 1630, "that Trimontaine shalbe called Bos-
ton ; " and incorporated as The City of Boston, Feb-
ruary 23, 1822, by St. 1821, c. 110, adopted March 4,
1822. This act was revised by St. 1854, c. 448, com-
monly called the City Charter, adopted November
13, 1854.

Brighton was incorporated a Town February
24, 1807, by St. 1806, c. 65, and annexed to Boston
January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c. 303, accepted October
7, 1873.

Charlestown was incorporated a Town July
4, 1629 ; a City February 22, 1847, by St. 1847, c. 29,
accepted March 10, 1847; and annexed to Boston
January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c. 286, accepted October
7, 1873.

Dorchester was incorporated a Town by the
same order of the Court of Assistants, by which Bos-
ton was incorporated ; and annexed to Boston January
3, 1870, by St. 1869, c. 349, accepted June 22, 1869.

Koxbury was incorporated a Town by the order
of the Court of Assistants passed October 8, 1630; a
City March 12, 1846, by St. 1846, c. 95, accepted
March 25, 1846, and annexed to Boston January 6,
1868, by St. 1867, c. 359, accepted September 9, 1867.

West Roxbury was incorporated a Town
March 24, 1851, by St. 1851, c. 250 ; and annexed to
Boston January 5, 1874, by St. 1873, c. 314, accepted
October 7, 1873.



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GOVERNMENT



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CITY OF BOSTON.
1896.



JOSIAH QUINCY, Mayor,
Residence, 82 Charles street.

Salary, $10,000.
[Stat. 1885, Chap. 266. Eev. Ord., Chap. 2; Chap. 3, § 6.
Chap. 449.]



Stat. 1895,



BOARD OF ALDERMEN.

Salary, $1,500, each.
[Stat. 1893, Chap. 473. Rev. Ord., Chap. 3, § 6.]

John H. Lee, Chairman.



John H. Lee .
Charles E. Folsom
David F. Barry .
Charles H. Bryant
Edward W. Presho
Horace G. Allen .
Perlie A. Dyar .
Bordman Hall .
William F. Donovan
William J. Donovan
John J. Mahoney .
Salem D. Charles .



10 Parsons street.
38 Roinsey street.

5 Taylor street.

6 Sumner place.
54 Chestnut street.

121 Crawford street.
335 Columbus avenue.
156 Pleasant street.

10 North Russell street.
127 Webster street.

70 Decatur street.
286 Chestnut avenue.



Clerk, ex officio.
J. Mitchel Galvin, 575 Washington street, Dorchester.

[Stat. 1821, 110, § 10 ; St. 1854, 448, § 30 ; St. 1885, 266, § 2. Rev. Ord., Chap. 8.]

Regular meetings, Mondays, at 3 o'clock P.M.



72 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

COMMON COUNCIL.

Joseph A. Conry, President.

Ward 1. — Joseph H. Barnes, Jr., Ill Trenton street.
John E. Lowden, 54 West Eagle street.
Collingwood C. Millar, 151 Trenton street.

Ward 2. — Joseph A. Conry, 157 Webster street.
John L. Kelly, 54 Maverick street.
William B. Whitney, 1 Belmont square.

Ward 3. — Peter F. Tague, 47 Corey street.
" James F. Haley, 41 Moulton street.
John J. O'Callaghan, 8 Tremont street.

Ward 4. — Martin F. Connorton, 16 Belmont street.
William E. Mahoney, 508 Medford street.
John E. McCarthy, 6 North Mead street.

Ward 5. — William J. Miller, 42 Soley street.
James J. Brock, 11 Chelsea street.
Dennis J. Falvey, 8 Lynde avenue.

Ward 6. — James A. Doherty, 42 Sheafe street.
John A. Ryan, 4 Charter street.
James H. Shannon, 57 Hull street.

Ward 7. — James C. Murphy, 1 Thatcher court.

Michael J. McColgan, 164 Endicott street.
John A. Rowan, 79 North Margin street.

Ward 8. — Simon Hirshon, 21 Eaton street.

Francis J. Horgan, 85 Chambers street.
Daniel J. Kiley, 62 Poplar street.

Ward 9. — Stanley Ruffin, 103 Charles street.
John R. Foster, 134 Charles street.
Nelson I. Southwick, 65 Charles street.




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Ward 10. — Edward H. McGuire, 2 Ashburton place.
Alfred H. Colby, 2 Ashburton place.
Calvin M. Lewis, 50 Bowdoin street.

Ward 11. — Frank H. Briggs, 23 Blagden street.

George U. Crocker, 378 Marlboro' street.
Alfred F. Kinney, 12 Yarmouth street.

Ward 12. — Michael T. Callahan, 39 Ash street.
Timothy J. Butler, 1 135 Hudson street.
John J. Falvey, 54 Hudson street.

Ward 13. — Hugh W. Bresnahan, 102 D street.

James T. Mahony, Jr., 148 Athens street.
Patrick J. O'Toole, 215 D street.

Ward 14. — John E. Baldwin, 383 West First street.
John H. Dunn, 874 East Broadway.
William P. Hickey, 485 East First street.

Ward 15. — Edward C. Cadigan, 339 Dorchester street.
•John J. Mahoney, 381 Dorchester street.
Thomas F. Donovan, 59 Preble street.

Ward 16. — Patrick Bowen, 78 Middlesex street.
John Dugan, 10 Gloucester place.
David McCarthy, 249 Albany street.

Ward 17. — Benjamin C. Lane, 623 Treraont street.

George Y. Banchor, 156 W. Canton street. >
Charles H. Innis, 1 Ringgold street.

Ward 18. — G. Waldon Smith, 130 Pembroke street.
Sidney Moulthrop, 3 James street.
Arthur G. Wood, 39 Rutland square.

Ward 19. — Michael E. Gaddis, 21 Kent street.

Thomas L. Noon an, 18 Sudbury place.
George O. Whittaker, 20 Oak Grove terrace.

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Ward 20. — Patrick E. Riddle, 132 East Cottage street.
Timothy E. McCarthy, 192 Eustis street.
Timothy L. Connolly, 37 Thorndike street.

Ward 21. — Samuel C. Jones, 4 Hawthorn street.
Alfred Newmarch, 33 Circuit street.
Albert C. Sawyer, 6 Centre street.

Ward 22. — Edavard H. Costello, 24 Smith street.
Charles Jacobs, Parker Hill avenue.
Charles P. Nangle, 37 Prentiss street.

Ward 23. — Edward Orchard, South Fairview street.
Charles W. Dennis, 50 Hastings street.
John A. Maier, Jr., 141 Lamartine street.

Ward 24. — Franklin L. Codman, 337 Neponset avenue.
Walter W. Strangman, 1111 Washington

street.
Thomas C. Bachelder, 19 Gleason street.

Ward 25. — William M. Farrington, 13 Farrington ave.
Francis F. Morton, Chestnut Hill avenue.
Elmer E. Chain, 28 Redesdale street.

Clerk.
Joseph O'Kane, Blakeville street, Dorchester.

Salary, $3,000. [Rev. Ord., Chap. 3, § 6.]



Regular meetings, Thursdays, at 7.30 P.M.



CITY COUNCIL.



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MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

(Alphabetically arranged.)

ALDERMEN.



Allen, Horace G.
Barry, David F.
Bryant, Charles H.
Charles, Salem D.
Donovan, William F.
Donovan, William J.



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Mahony , James T. , Jr. ,
Maier, John A., Jr.
McCarthy, David F.
McCarthy, John E. .
McCarthy, Timothy E.
McColgan, Michael J.
McGuire, Edward H.
Millar, Collingwood C.
Miller, William J. .
Morton, Francis F. .
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Murphy, James C. .
Nangle, Charles P. .
Newmarch, Alfred .
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Shannon, James H
Smith, G. Waldon
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RULES AND ORDERS.



RULES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN.

CHAIRMAN.

Rule 1. The chairman of the board shall take the chair at the hour
to which the board shall have adjourned, and shall call the members to
order, and, a quorum being present, shall cause the minutes of the pre-
ceding regular meeting to be read ; and, in the absence of the chairman,
the senior member present shall preside as chairman pro tempore.

Rule 2. The chairman shall preserve decorum and order, may speak
to points of order in preference to other members, and shall decide all
questions of order, subject to an appeal to the board; and no other
business shall be in order until the question on appeal shall have been
decided.

Rule 3. The chairman shall propound all motions in the order in
which they are moved, unless the subsequent motion shall be previous
in its nature, except that, in naming sums and fixing times, the largest
sum and longest time shall be put first.

Rule 4. The chairman shall, at the request of any member, make a
division of a question when the sense will admit.

Rule 5. The chairman shall, without debate, decide all questions
relating to priority of business to be acted upon.

Rule 6. The chairman may read sitting, but shall rise to state a
motion or put a question to the board.

Rule 7. The chairman shall declare all votes; but if any member
doubts a vote, the chairman shall cause a rising vote to be taken ; and
when any member so requests, shall cause the vote to be taken or
verified by yeas and nays.

Rule 8. The chairman shall appoint all committees, fill all vacancies
therein, and designate the rank of the members thereof.

Rule 9. When the chairman of the board or the chairman pro
tempore shall desire to vacate the chair, he may call any member to it ;
but such substitution shall not continue beyond an adjournment.

MOTIONS.

Rule 10. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if the chairman
shall so direct.



78 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

Rule 11. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisi-
ble ; but a motion to strike out being lost shall not preclude amendment,
or a motion to strike out and insert.

Rule 12. No motion or proposition of a subject different from that
under consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.

Rule 13. When an order or resolution relates to a subject which
may properly be examined and reported upon by an existing committee
of the city council, such order or resolution shall, upon presentation, be
referred to such committee. When a motion is made to refer any
subject, and different committees are proposed, the motion shall be put
in the following order :

1. To a standing committee of the board.

2. To a special committee of the board.

3. To a joint standing committee.

4. To a joint special committee.

Rule 14. After a motion has been put by the chairman, it shall not
be withdrawn except by unanimous consent.

Rule 15. When a question is under debate the folloAving motions
only shall be entertained, and in the order in which they stand arranged :

1. To adjourn.

2. To lay on the table.

3. To postpone to a day certain.

4. To commit.

5. To amend.

6. To postpone indefinitely.

Rule 16. A motion to adjourn shall be in order at any time, except
on an immediate repetition or pending a verification of a vote ; and
that motion, the motion to lay on the table, and the motion to take from
the table shall be decided without debate.

READINGS.

Rule 17. Every ordinance, order, and resolution reported by a
committee shall, unless rejected, have two several readings, both of
which may take place at the same session, unless objection is made.
Whenever the second reading immediately follows the first reading, the
document may be read by its title only. Orders from the board of
street commissioners changing the names of streets, and orders grant-
ing locations for poles or posts, shall, however, have one reading only
at the same session.



RULES OF THE BOARD OE ALDERMEN. 70

CONFIRMATIONS.

Rule 18. The question of confirming a nomination made by the
mayor shall be decided by a yea and nay ballot.

RECONSIDERATION.

Rule 19. When- a vote has been passed, any member may move a
reconsideration thereof at the same meeting ; or he may give notice to
the clerk, within twenty-four hours of the adjournment, of his intention
to move a reconsideration at the next regular meeting ; in which case
the clerk shall retain possession of the papers until the next regular
meeting ; and when a motion for reconsideration is decided, that vote
shall not be reconsidered.

CONDUCT OF MEMBERS.

Rule 20. Every member when about to speak shall l'ise, address
the chair, and wait until he is recognized, and in speaking shall confine
himself to the question and avoid personalities.

Rule 21. No member speaking shall, without his consent, be inter-
rupted by another, except upon a point of order.

Rule 22. No member shall be permitted to vote on any question,
or serve on any committee, where his private right is immediately
concerned, distinct from the public interest.

Rule 23. Every member who shall be present when a question is
put, where he is not excluded by intei'est, shall give his vote, unless
the board for special reasons shall excuse him. Application to be so
excused on any question must be made before the board is divided, or
before the calling of the yeas and nays ; and such application shall be
accompanied by a brief statement of the reasons, and shall be decided
without debate.

STANDING COMMITTEES.

Rule 24. The following standing committees of the board, to con-
sist of three members each, except where otherwise herein provided,
and the members of the joint standing committees on the part of this
board, named in the joint rules and orders of the city council, and all
other committees, unless otherwise provided for, or specially directed
by the board, shall be appointed by the chair :

Committee on Armories and Military Affairs — County Accounts
— Electric Wires — Faneuil Hall and County Buildings — Lamps —
Licenses — Markets — Railroads. Streets and Sewers, to consist of
all the members of the board, and to be divided by the chairman
of the committee into the following sub-committees, namely : on Pav-



80 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

ing Division, Sewer Division, Bridge Division, Sanitary Division, and
Street-Cleaning Division, and Stables.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

Rule 25. At every regular meeting of the board the order of
business shall be as follows :

1. Communications from his honor the mayor.

2. Presentation of petitions, memorials, and remonstrances.

3. Papers from the common council.

4. Unfinished business of preceding meetings.

5. Orders of notice of hearings.

6. Reports of city officers.

7. Reports of committees.

8. Motions, orders, and resolutions.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.

Rule 26. Committees of the board to whom any matter is especially
referred shall report within four weeks, or ask for further time.

EXPENSES OF COMMITTEES.

Rule 27. No money shall be drawn from the city treasury for the
purpose of paying the expenses of any committee, or any portion of
the same, while absent from the city of Boston, unless authorized by
special vote of the board.

SPECTATORS.

Rule 28. No person, except a member of the board, shall be per-
mitted to occupy the seat of any member while the board is in session.

Rule 29. No persons, excepting members of the city council, heads
of departments, and reporters, shall be allowed in the anteroom of the
aldermanic chamber while the board is in session. No person shall be
allowed to enter the aldermanic chamber while the board is in session,
after the seats furnished for spectators are occupied. The city messen-
ger shall enforce this rule.

' LICENSES.

Rule 80. No licenses shall be granted for exhibitions of pugilism
or wrestling.

Rule 31. No permission to erect a pole or post for the support of
electric wires, or for the construction of underground conduits, shall be
granted until a public hearing shall have been given by the board of al-
dermen on the application for such permission, after noticeof suchhearing
duly advertised bj- the applicant in one or more newspapers.



RULES OF THE COMMON COUNCIL. 81

Rule 32. Every license or permit hereafter granted for the location
of a street-railway track, the erection of a pole or post, the construction
of an underground conduit, laying of a pipe or wire, or for doing any
other work which may involve the disturbance of a surface of a street,
shall specify the time within which the contemplated Avork shall be
done, and shall not confer authority to do any such work after the
expiration of such specified time.

SUSPENSION OF RULES.

Rule 33. Any rule may be suspended by vote of two-thirds of the
members of the board present and voting, except Rule 30, which shall
be suspended only by a unanimous vote upon a roll call.



RULES AND ORDERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL.



Rule 1. Unless otherwise ordered from time to time, the regular
meeting of the common council shall be held on every Thursday, at
half-past seven o'clock P.M., and on the appearance of a quorum the
council shall be called to order. In the absence of the president the
oldest senior member present shall take the chair, and a president pro
tempore shall be chosen by ballot ; and if an election is not effected on
the first trial, on subsequent trials a plurality vote shall elect.

The roll shall be called at each meeting of the council, the time of
said roll-call to be at the discretion of the president, but not later than
nine o'clock.

PRESIDENT.

Rule 2. The president shall appoint and announce all committees,
unless otherwise ordered, and shall communicate his appointments to
the council at the meeting following such action, if not made during a
session. All vacancies upon committees shall be filled in the manner
of original appointment ; and members so appointed shall take rank
according to the date of their appointment, unless otherwise designated
by the president.

Rule 3. The president may at any time call another member to the
chair ; but such substitution shall not continue beyond an adjournment.
In all cases the president may vote.

Rule 4. The president may make any rules that he deems proper to
preserve order in the council chamber during sessions of the council,
and he shall forbid smoking in the council chamber during a session.

CLERK.

Rule 5. The clerk shall keep a record of the acts, votes, and pro-
ceedings of the common council, and a separate record of all decisions



82 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

of the chair upon questions of order. He shall have the care and
custody of all papers belonging to this branch of the city council ; and
shall prepare a schedule of business in order for each meeting, in such
manner as the president may direct.

He shall draw up and send all messages to the board of aldermen ;
and shall retain in his possession all papers until the right to file a
notice of reconsideration has expired, and if such notice is made he shall
keep the papers pertaining thereto until the right of reconsideration
has expired.

CONDUCT OF MEMBERS.

Rule 6. Except when otherwise provided, no member shall
speak for more than fifteen minutes, and a further equal time if the
council so vote. No member shall speak a second time on a question,
if another member who has not spoken claims the floor.

Rule 7. No member speaking shall, without his consent, be inter-
rupted by another, except upon a point of order.

Every member, while speaking, shall confine himself to the question
under debate, and shall refrain from personalities, and shall not refer
to any other member of the council except by a respectful designation ;
and no member shall speak or vote out of his place without leave of
the president.

QUORUM.

Rule 8. Whenever, on a rising vote or on a roll-call, a quorum does
not vote, or whenever a member raises the doubt of a quorum being
present, the chair shall ascertain and declare whether a quorum is
present, and for that purpose shall, with the assent of one-fifth of the
members present, order the roll to be called. If there is no quorum
present, he shall immediately declare the council adjourned.

COMMITTEES..

Rule 9. All matters relating to the election of members shall be



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