Highly Complimented

The Concord (N. H.) Monitor

The work of our constitutional convention, recently adjourned, has been quite generally commended by the press at home and abroad. Words of the highest praise, but sanely considered and expressed, are uttered by The Congregationalist of Boston, the influential organ of a powerful religious denomination, which says editorially:—

"Celerity, common sense, courage have characterized the constitutional convention of New Hampshire in session the past two weeks. Contrasted with the recent Connecticut constitutional convention, its despatch, vigor of attack, and positive results give the more creditable record to the Granite rather than to the Nutmeg state. As the result of the covention's labors the people on the second Tuesday of March next year will vote on ten proposed alterations in or amendments to the present constitution. Some of these suggested emendations or additions are relatively unimportant. Others are of grave importance. Of the latter are the requirement that voters and officials shall be able to read the constitution in English and to write; that power to impose taxes on franchises and property passing by will and inheritance be given to the legislature; that the franchise be extended to women; and that the legislature be given authority 'to enact laws to prevent the operations within the state of all persons and associations, trust and corporations, that endeavor to raise the price of any article of commerce or to destroy free and fair competition in the trades and industries through combination, conspiracy, monopoly, or any other unfair means.' Summoned especially to deal with the problem of representation in the lower house of the legislature, the convention found a way out, which, while it preserves to the smallest unit a method of representation, also recognizes the equity of providing proportionate representation for the large towns and cities. Eight hundred inhabitants are necessary to the election of one representative; twenty-four hundred inhabitants are necessary for two representatives, and sixteen hundred for each additional representative.

Educational Work in Alabama
January 15, 1903

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