Issue 5 and Volume 40.

SUFFIELD AND ITS WATER RATES. The new schedule of water rates for Suffield, Conn., recently submitted by the village water committee, is not satisfactory. The village water company was chartered by the State for the bene fit of the town. Although the original scheme was not in the nature of a speculation, the company always paid dividends upon the capital stock, and no bonds were issued. A few years ago the stock of the company passed to the control of the Springfield Street Railway company, and, of course, passed to the Consolidated Railway company when that company gathered in the Suffield and Springfield trolley companies. The company denies that Suffield has the right to lower rates, even although it set fire hydrants in old days, “as the low rate which has been obtained for so many years has more than compensated the town for any expenditures that it may have…

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