Bayville Maine Capen and Harmon date first in Bayville

Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, April 9, 1911

By a special form of local home rule for Maine summer settlements, allowing the non-resident taxpayers the right to participate in local government matters without becoming citizens, Massachusetts people may vote in the Pine Tree State this year without forfeiting their right to vote in Massachusetts.Special Rights to BayvilleThrough a petition for incorporation recently granted by the Maine .Legislature,the Bayville Village, a summer colony organized and built up by Bay State citizens, has been added to Maine’s list of special government villages.For some years the Pine Tree State, in recognition of the benefits derived from the annual influx of summer residents, has made special concessions to various colonies.• Village corporations such as that of Squirrel Island, the Isle of Springs and other like resorts have one by one sprung up and the transient residents have become empowered, by special statutes, to direct expenditure of a certain percentage of the taxes which the summer people pay into the towns in which they are located.In the new corporation Just formed Professor Harmon of Tufts College, one of the two original settlers of Bayville, has been elected president, and the success of the campaign which has resulted recently in the incorporation of the colony has been chiefly due to his efforts.“For many years,'* says Professor Harmon, “in fact ever since Maine’s popularity as a summer resort began to assume anything like its present proportions, summer residents have had trouble in getting a Just return for the taxes which they pay the towns. This has been more especially a problem among the coast resorts.“People from outside the State of Maine have come there for many summers. They bulid residences, many times those which cost large sums of money. Upon these estates, leaving out of consideration the many benefits in the way of increased commercial prosperity, which naturally came to these towns as the result of the presence of the colony, large amounts were regularly paid into the coffers of the towns in the form of taxes.“With the payment of these taxes, however, the colonists did not get anything like an equivalent in the way of consideration from the Selectmen.“Instead of realizing that it was to the advantage of the town to foster the colony, the policy of the town government usually was to get all it could and refuse to give up even a small percentage of it for the betterment of that part of the town from which it came.“When, after vainly trying year after year to get something like justice from these town governments, it was decided that the task was a hopeless one, thesummer residents decided to try open revolution. As a result some of them succeeded in getting through the MaineToathlmanjoryScotlieveso l of nTREMONT ROW—SCOLLAY SQUARE EXTRA—Week April 10GEO. SONTAGREFORMED OUTLAW AND TRAIN ROBBERTells the Polly ofHis Life of CrimeWith Illustrations.EveryMAN, WOMAN AND CHILDShould Hear Him!The above is an added feature to our big feature Picture Show.Continuous lOoBASEBALLHAKVAKII VS. Kell oUA TUESDAY, APRIL 11Tickets Now on SaleWright A Ditiion, 344 Washington St.; Herrick’s. Copley Sq.; in Cambridge at Wright A Dtt*ont«, Leavitt A Pierce, Harvard Athletic Association*A PEER OR DISAPPEARSomeone, discussing a member of the government who had been a great failure, once remarked to Mr. Lowe:“They want to make him a peer!’' “No,” retorted he, with his usual acerbity; “they want to make him disap-