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er than to have a one-story structure erected. It reported $893.55 of this collected, and that there was still due the contractor $477.27, all other bills being paid. This sum the town later appropriated and paid. This report was signed by John B. Hatch and James M. Usher. The minority report covers about four times the space of that of the majority, and is signed by Charles Caldwell, who says he was met at the very outset by one Gentleman of the committee with a cool indifference that bos criticism. Then the question of frontage came up again. Mr. Usher wanted it northwest, and here was open war again. Mr. Usher controlled the subscription, saying, Unless the house fronts to suit me you can have none of this money. At last Mr. Hatch is quoted as saying that he wanted that style of house, and rather than not have it, would vote to front it northwest, though against his wish. Mr. Caldwell closed the minority report with, I was now fully satisfied that the present majority o