THE TOWN--MEETING TO--DAY.
HAVE New Englanders preserved the town- meeting of Samuel Adams? Thirteen million, or about one quarter, of the inhabitants of the United States, are believed to be descendants of the twenty-one thousand who, in the dark days of Stuart domination, came from among the friends of Cromwell and Hampden to people the northeast. In large proportion they have forsaken the old seats, following the parallels of latitude into the great northwest, and now at length across the continent to California and Oregon. At the beginning of the century Grayson wrote to Madison that "New Englanders are amazingly attached to their custom of planting by townships." So it has always been; wherever New Englanders have had power to decide as to the constitution of a forming state, it has had the township at the basis. But in the immense dilution which this element of population has constantly undergone, through the human flood from all lands, which, side by