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  • He could, on ten hours’ notice, appear before the board of aldermen or the state legislature and prove, absolutely, with figures all in rows and with precedents from Poland and New Zealand, that the street-car company loved the Public and yearned over its employees; that all its stock was owned by Widows and Orphans; and that whatever it desired to do would benefit property-owners by increasing rental values, and help the poor by lowering rents.

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  • aldermen usually represent city wards
  • Mary Whitney said she [Mrs. Parkinson] ought to have been the Alderman herself, as she was the better man.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace

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