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four times its size at the time of its tary; L. Frank Garfield, treasurer; temptation.

Edward B. Mellen, Lloyd E. ChamThe president of the Board of berlain, Ellery C. Cahoon, Horace Trade is Hon. Lloyd E. Chamber- A. Poole, L. Frank Garfield, Elroy lain, one of the leading lawyers of S. Thompson, Robert C. Fraser, the city, an ex-senator and in every Emery M. Low, Herbert E. Guy

and Frank E. Shaw, executive committee. Some member of the executive committee is chairman of each of the standing committees, by virtue of which plan the executive committee, when it meets, is in touch with all the work of all the committees

The quarters of the Board are in the Whipple-Freeman building, Main and Court streets, one of the



way a leading citizen. He has been president of the Board from its institution, is an influential member of the Massachusetts State Board of Trade and a member of its executive committee. He is one of the trustees of the Taunton Insane Asylum, might have been the candidate for congressman if he had said the

EX-ALDERMAN GEORGE CLARENCE HOLMES word on more than one occasion, “FATHER OF THE BROCKTON HOSPITAL" and his name immediately flashes into mind when there is need of a largest and handsomest business leader in any public movement.

blocks in the city. The other officers of the Board of A potent agency which is ever at Trade are Ellery C. Cahoon and work for the fame, prosperity and Horace A. Poole, vice presidents; excellence of the city is the daily Elroy Sherman Thompson, secre- press. There is no city of equal size

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which can boast of better newspa- Fuller is the publisher, S. Heath pers. The oldest daily now in exist- Rich, managing editor, and Louis ence in the city is the Brockton E. Rich, editor. Enterprise, one of the best written, The publisher's connection with most carefully edited, progressive Brockton journalism dates from May and able newspapers to be found 6, 1876, when he published the first not only in a city of fifty thousand number of the Brockton Weekly inhabitants, but in a city of double Advance. This was afterward sold that number of persons. It is the and Mr. Fuller started to publish the property of the Enterprise Publish- Brockton Weekly Enterprise July 5, ing Company, which has a magnifi- 1879. It paved the way for the cent newspaper plant in the Enter- Daily Enterprise which was first prise building in the very centre of issued January 26, 1880. The poputhe city's business life. Albert H. lation of the town at that time was

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thirteen thousand. The capital is Christmas Day of that year. In its supposed to have been about five present building, at the corner of hundred dollars, but the paper con

Main and Pleasant streets, it may tinued to grow and prosper and has secure quarters sufficiently large to always kept pace with the growth take care of its ever-increasing busiand improvements in the city. The ness. first edition of the paper numbered A survey of the business centre five hundred copies, and the average of the city discloses many large and circulation to-day exceeds eleven busy stores, and yet most of the thousand.

firms have either recently made enThe Brockton Times was founded largements or are planning to do so in 1895 by Hon. William L. Doug- with all possible speed. The dean las, last year governor of Massachu- of local merchants is Baalis Sanford, setts. Its first issue was dated

of the H. W. Robinson Company, February 5th in the year given. dry goods merchants, although he




With the exception of the first five is still in the prime of life. Many

. months the Times has been under there are who are less than forty. the sole direction of its present pub- It is a young man's city, in business lisher, William R. Buchanan, and and professional life. to-day enjoys a circulation of nearly A young man who is making a thirteen thousand daily. Its man- wonderful success in a new line of aging editor is Arthur J. Chase. Y. M. C. A. work is George S.

The Times was first published Paine, boys' secretary of the Brockfrom the Church block, which was ton Y. M. C. A., organizer and called the Times building during director of the Brockton Boys' Club. the occupancy of the concern, until He came here from New Bedford to the present handsome Times build- do some big work for the imperiled ing was completed in 1897. The boys. He had been told by the removal into the new home was on organizer of the National Federa


tion of Boys' Clubs that the Y. M. Nature left Brockton like so much C. A. could not do boys' work. He "free raw material,” but somehow organized a club with twelve boys the right kind of men have fashioned and the present membership is two it and their work needs no apology. hundred and sixty. In various lines Labor which is unintelligent, it has made a wonderful record and men who are "brothers to the ox,” the "Brockton plan," which he orig

unknown in Brockton and inated, has a national reputation. always have been. "The will to do,

Brockton is not an exotic dropped the soul to dare" have been charfrom heaven by angel hands. It acteristic of the community, and the did not spring like Aphrodite, from intelligence to go ahead and achieve the sea,-there is no sea, not even has brought about a world-famous a lake or river. It is not a city city in Plymouth county. which cannot be hidden because "I will” is the motto of Chicago. built on a hill, such as the Scrip- "I do" is the explanation of tures describe, there is hill, Brockton.


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Among the many mysteries and melodies He calls his hero "the most lovable figof life and literature, some refuse to be ure in all English literature” and proves caught and labelled and soar beyond our this claim. We, who love him too and grasp. A host of definitions fail to catch are so familiar with every year of his exand hold the evanescent rainbow of humor, istence, value most the quips and phrases the electric flash of wit, the auroral and that we have not seen. He describes at intermittent display of genius, the real length "one Rickman”; “the finest fellow source and cause of inspiration. What is to drop in a' nights, about nine or ten music? it expresses the unexpressed; it is o'clock, cold bread and cheese time, just a bond between earth an 1 heaven: but has in the wishing time of the night, when it been ever satisfactorily defined, or its you wish for some one to come in, withpower over mortals explained ?

out a distinct idea of a probable body. A And among authors, why is it that some fine rattling fellow, has gone through life writers however gifted and widely read in laughing at solemn apes; a species in one; their lifetime, vanish down “the back entry a new class, an exotic, any slip of which of time," or only live in libraries, in extra I am proud to put in my garden pot.” good bindings; like the cardinal virtues, Mary Lamb wrote to Mrs. Coleridge of "well spoken of, but seldom used,” while a nice little girl “who is so fond of my others with no more ability, possibly not brother that she stops strangers in the so much, stick fast to Fame's wings in the street to tell them when Mr. Lamb is winnowing of the centuries, retaining and coming to see her.” And the biographer increasing the charmed atmosphere that is adds, "I know of no incident in Lamb's immortal? From Dan Chaucer to Steven- life, or in any one's life, that is prettier son, you know how few make a place for than this." themselves in your inmost heart.

When dreamy philosophers were disJane Austen had this wondrous power of cussing "man as he is and man as he ought perpetuating her personality and the fas- to be” “Give me," interjected Lamb, "man cination of her character sketches; and as he ought not to be.” When brain weary reverent scholars make pilgrimages every he once took a room away from his home year to her home and her last resting just to avoid his nocturnal, or knockplace to get if possible one little bit more eternal visitors, but he soon longed for of unpublished Ana. Lamb, the one and the old comrades again. only Charles Lamb, with his marvellous How delicious to those of us who find head and angel face; the whimsical, moody, human nature as exemplified in ourselves; slim-legged, splay-footed, stammering dar- how “very human,” this confession of ling, gains each year a stronger hold on frailty: “This very night I am going to the reading world.

the ideal leave off tobacco! Surely there must be brother, his courage was heroic, his friend- some other world in which this unconship a precious gift; he gave delightful querable purpose shall be realized.” card parties with “puns at nine” and beer He spoke of asking some rather dubious or wine all the time. But beyond all that persons to supper: "You would not sit his mind and soul are with

with them?” asked Talfourd. vividly if possible than when he was in . "Yes," said Lamb.' "I would sit with the body, struggling with trials, handicaps anything but a hen or tailor." and literary and romantic disappointments. And who cares what he said of the

Mr. E. V. Lucas, who is recognized as writing "female.” Of L. E. L. Lamb said, the final authority on the Lambs, has "Letitia was only just tinted; she was not already given us seven octavo volumes what the she-dogs now call an intellectual containing all their works and correspond- woman." We remember how proud he ence and now offers two volumes with was of his sister's poems. fifty illustrations including eleven pictures To a man who said something he conof the two whom only the demon of in- sidered witty. “Ha! very well; very well sanity could separate.

indeed!” said Lamb. “Ben Jonson has

He was



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