1885: Stirring Up Middletown Folks Also

Middletown, Conn., Nov. 18.–A representative of the adjutant general met with the selectmen on Monday for the purpose of ascertaining why a larger number of our citizens do not pay a poll tax. He learned that military service exempts an unusually large number, as Middletown has more veterans who served in the late war, in proportion to its population, then either Hartford or New Haven. Also, we have a goodly number of veteran firemen who are exempt on account of long service in the fire department.

From the New Haven Register (New Haven, Connecticut), Wednesday, November 18, 1885.

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