City Government by Commission

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CHAPTER X

THE NEWPORT PLAN

ANOTHER prominent opponent of commission government of American cities has been Rear Admiral F. E. Chadwick, U.S.N. (retired), who, more than any one other man, is responsible for the "Newport plan of city government." At the Providence meeting of the National Municipal League ( 1907) the Admiral presented a thoughtful paper on the subject, which he has revised and brought up to date. It is herewith reproduced:

We have come to one cheering point in our national life; that is, we have begun to recognize that we are not altogether as perfect as we have heretofore insisted upon our being. When a man begins to recognize that he is a sinner, there is chance for improvement. Our great failure in municipal government is too patent to be denied. Such a failure, so long as others succeed, must have some special reason. Life among people of the same race character as those of Germany, England, and the United States must run upon the same basic lines. Why then have we so signally failed in city government while the others have been comparatively so successful?

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