A Good Law Gone Wrong

Issue 2 and Volume 67.

A Good Law Gone Wrong It is a peculiar thing that sometimes laws which are intended to work for the benefit of a community in general and as a rule do so work, sometimes have a tendency, through circumstances unforeseen by the framers of the ordinances, to create a situation just the reverse of that which was intended. An instance of this is to be found in an occurrence at Lowell, Mass., which proves that the wisdom of the solons who frame the laws which govern us ordinary individuals may occasionally be at fault. It would be hard to find a water works superintendent or registrar, with their worries as to how to open the closed fists of the water users and make them disgorge the necessary funds to maintain the works, who would condemn a law providing for the shutting off of the water supply of a particularly slow…

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