VERMONT: A Man & His Conscience

Franklin Stevens, having just resigned as town treasurer of Andover, Vt. (pop. 213), sat down last week to write a difficult letter to the nearby Rutland Daily Herald. "This letter is not to be construed as an effort to disperse blame," he began, "nor am I trying to be dramatic. The mood is that of self-condemnation, coupled with a profound disappointment in myself as a person and citizen."

Thereupon Stevens proceeded to release the violent pressure on his stern New England conscience. State auditors who had just examined Andover's books reported a shortage of $3,295.28. Nor were the Andover books...

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