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Letter to the Editor of the ‘Mercury.’

Friday, February 22, 1884.
The town hall question is likely to be brought up at the March meeting, with a prospect of receiving a fair hearing from all citizens prepared to consider the reasons for or against this important project. If there is evident need of a new hall—and who has heard an expression contrary to it?—why should we not at this time take the necessary steps toward securing the desired object? What is in the way? Can't the town afford it? Will it be in better condition five or ten years hence? As to location, public opinion quite prominently sets strongly in the direction of the Dr. Swan estate, now owned by the town. It is so near the square that the argument of the necessity of placing it exactly thereon loses much of its force, as everybody knows there is no overpowering reason why the square should be considered the only fit place for the edifice. In the interest of economy, we ought to decide this prominent and beautiful situation to be our best situation.

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