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"Let me take you tomorrow to see . otir municipal buildings, and you will I Beea palace which cost sevei'al millions of your dollars, of which sum not a sixpence was stolen nor jobbed," remarked a Glasgow bailie to a Boston Herald correspondent, who was his guest. .Next morning I went to the municipal buildings - what we would cali the city hall, writes this correspondent. I fonnd the place no less jialatial than it had been described to me. It is far and away the most beautiful building of the kind I have ever seen. lts marbles, its stairways, its reception rooms, are exceedingly beautiful ; its business rooms are in admirable taste. The building is the palace of a king- King Demos - and no crowned colleague has a lovelier dweiling. There were no loafers in the halls; no large jawed politicians were holding j up the exquisito iron gates; no office seekers were sprinkling the yard with strong laiv;;iage and totacco juice; the place was more than respectable - it was attractive. In this palace of King Demos there are state apartments most richly bedecked; there are a drawing room, a dancerooni, abanquetroom, und 1 know not what, and these apartments are used on fcstive occasions when official citydom is expected to disport itself to the credit of the community - which latter by one, two, three, four or more thoasand ïepresentatives comes to joiu in the gaytty. The mayor of Glasgow is called the lord provost. He is chosen for three years at nothing a year. He is expected to live in some state and hospitality and to uphold the gentle dignity of the town. It costs him from $10,000 to $15,000 or $20,000 annually to do this, as circumstances serve. Obvioaslyit is easier for a rich man than it is for camel to enter the provostship of Glasgow. Bnt the Glaswegians propose that if the camel benot available, then shall not the rich man have it all his own way. They talk now of endowing the provostship, so that the sums necessarily spent uponsplendormay henceforth come from the public purse. But they do not propose to give the lord provost a salary. Hia services must be gratuitous as before. Glasgow is a solid looking town. Every building is of stone, after the Scotch way. One rarely sees brick jn Scotlaiid. The ribs of the hills are dug out for building withal, so that a Scotch town seems built to endnre. Wherever you go you find stone stairs in the buildings of Glasgow. The difference between British building and American is not more rnarked than in this matter of stone stairways and brick partition walls - dweiling houses, I mean, as well as warehouses. Deeming it necessary to prevent tbe construction of aky cleaving buildings, which shut oat light, air and everything but ugliness, the Glasgow folk enacted a law that no building shall be higher thau the width of the street on which it fronts. Yon can build a mile high if you havo a thoroughfare as wide as that. Acapital thing they have inGlasgow which we have not. The münicipality has constructed a number of bathhouses, fitted with huge white tiled swimming tanfcs, each holding trom 80,000 to 100,000 gallons of water. The water is kept at a tem pera ture of 70 degrees. These baths are open day and evemng througbout the year. The admissionto these baths is 4 cents per person. Half a million bathers use these tanks in a year. Connected with the bath buildings are washhouses where workingmen's wives do their family laundry work, having for a charge of 5 cents per hour the use of a washing stall with hot and coid water and steam drying appliances.


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