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Pennsylvania and other states, recent converts to state aid, have not yet developed fully the best methods for their work, but there can be no doubt that Maryland with its careful and continued preliminary investigation, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut with their experience, have developed the schemes of state supervision and aid that will best serve their respective localities and conditions.
· New Hampshire does not recognize the counties in its road laws, its towns and cities being the dominant factor in road control. Therefore, with its ten counties, two hundred and thirty-five cities and towns so diverse in their relationship as to size, wealth and population, ranging from the town of Ware (town in New England meaning the same as township in Ohio), having a population of one thousand five hundred and fifty-three, a taxable valuation of six hundred and seventy-seven thousand with three hundred miles of road, to the town of Milford with a population of thirty-eight hundred, a taxable valuation of two million dollars, and only one hundred miles of road, and to the city of Portsmouth with a population of eleven thousand, a taxable valuation of nine million, two irundicii and fifty thousa!ıd dollars and fifty miles of road, was led to adopt a very complicated system of assessment of taxes and distribution of aid.
This condition of affairs requires an intricate and detailed assessment of tax and distribution that is not necessary in the case of Ohio, dealing directly with its eighty-eighit counties as units.
The diverse conditions of roads and materials in Ohio, the expenditure of large sums of money in improvement of roads in some counties reaching up into millions of dollars, cannot but engender divergent views in regard to manner and amount of aid. Adoption of any method or amount possible of application must invite criticism. It becomes necessary, therefore, for those who favor good roads for the state that there shall be a recognition of the necessity of a system of accommodation of local interests to the application of a general law, if the great State of Ohio shall bring all its territorial units up to a reasonably fair standard of intercommunication, and that the state may not lag too far behind its sister states in the movement, that during the last fifeen years has grown so popular; the movement that recognizes the necessity that the strong should help bear the burden of the weak and to the intent that, the common interest is such that the prosperity of any locality is of vital and special interest to every other locality within our bounds.