POLITICS AT ST. PAUL, MINN.
Politics is apparently trying to get in its fine work at St. Paul, Minn., where it is confidently stated that Mayor Doran intends to displace Horace E. Stevens on the board of water commissioners, when his term expires on January 1, and replace him by a Mr. Ames, a Second ward politician—the ultimate intention being to substitute Mr. Wolterstorff as president of the board, in place of R. B. C. Bement, who so ably fills that position at present. It is said that Mayor Doran objected to Mr Bement’s reappointment last January,because he refused to pledge himself to vote against the retention of Mr. John Caulfield as secretary. Mr. Bement did support Mr. Caulfield for secretary, and further supported Mr. Starkey for superintendent—neither of whom, it is claimed is in favor with Mayor Doran.
Mr. Ames, who poses as the mayor’s man, is the gentleman who, with another, Mr. C. W. Horr, made a big fight against the water f rontage tax, and claimed that the city had been robbing the people by extending water mains out in every direc* tion to sections where there were only a few houses. Yet these very same gentlemen never ceased working to secure the extension of the mains to Hazel Park, where they had a large amount of property for sale; and they succeeded—but only by means of a petition of property owners to that effect. Then times got bad, and they wanted (so it is declared) to get out of paying the frontage tax. Mr. Stevens, against whom the first line of opposition is leveled, is a first-class engineer and an able second to Mr. Bement or. the water board. And this renders the whole business doubly unfortunate. Hitherto the board has been kept free from politics, and to displace either Mr. Bement or Mr. Stevens from it or Mr. Caulfield from the secretaryship the healthier portion of the citizens and the press of St. Paul declare would bi an act of gross injustice and the greatest possible blunder, it would inflict a real blow upon the city and the management and operations of the water works system. Under Mr. Bement the water board has been managed on strictly business principles, and run with intelligent engineering skill—so much so that the water system of St Paul is one of the finest in the country, and the water ratCj lower than in any other city in the United States. It is,therefore, hardly credible, that Mayor Doran will be guilty of such a foolish and ill-judged act of partisanship—in fact, so foolish does it appear to the citizens and press of St. Paul that the whole report is treated as too absurd to be believed or as one spread abroad by interested parties, with whom the wish is father to the thought.