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None are worse, but a large portion are of much better habits.

J. Q. A. Lothrop, S. J. Beal, Z. Rich, Selectmen.


My opinion is that their character and habits stand better in our town than when they enlisted.

D. C. Smith, Chairman Selectmen.


Taken as a whole, they are certainly no worse citizens; we think they are better.

J. C. Howes, Chairman Selectmen.


As a general thing their having been in the army has been a benefit to them rather than the reverse.

A. L. Smith, Chairman Selectmen.


I know of several cases where they are much more orderly and temperate in their habits than formerly.

George W. Coburn, Chairman Selectmen.


They have been benefited by the discipline of army life. In a number of instances there has been a marked improvement in character and habits.

E. S. James, Chairman Selectmen.

East Bridgewater.

As a general thing, I should think their habits improved, as they are temperate, very industrious and a good class of citizens.

George Bryant, Chairman Selectmen.


Their habits are as good, and in some instances better, than they were before they entered the army.

D. W. Bartlett, Chairman Selectmen.


They have rather been improved than otherwise by the discipline to which they have been subjected.

F. Taber, Chairman Selectmen.


Some of them, young when they enlisted, and somewhat wild and fickle, have come home strong-minded young men, and have all, without exception, engaged in some useful employment.

Thomas Lewis, Jr., Chairman Selectmen.


They are certainly no worse than before the war, and in many cases an improvement is manifest. It is a remarkable fact that, out of so many young men who went into the service from this town (being nearly one thousand), so few have returned with their characters tarnished, or their moral habits degraded.

J. W. Kimball.


I think, as a general thing, there is an improvement in conduct.

A. S. Kemp, Chairman Selectmen.


I believe that a majority of our returned soldiers are better men to-day than they were at the date of their enlistment.

T. C. Hurd, for the Selectmen.


As a body the soldiers are as good, and in some instances better, than they were before they enlisted.

J. G. Ray, Chairman Selectmen.


I know of several cases where I believe that the service had a most decided influence for good. When they enlisted they were wild and unsteady boys, but on their discharge they returned home apparently changed men. I believe that the war has not had an immoral influence upon our soldiers, as a general thing, but on the contrary, where it has demoralized one, it has elevated two.

M. A. Gates, Chairman Selectmen.


It is the opinion of the selectmen that there has been a decided improvement in the manners and morals of many of the men who enlisted from this town; and that the contrary of this cannot be said of any of our returned soldiers.

A. White, Chairman Selectmen.


Most of the foreigners return improved, and have more ambition and self-respect, and, upon the whole, both natives and foreigners have returned improved, and with higher and better views of life and duty.

H. Stevens, Chairman Selectmen.

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