Alderman Barlow said that about a year ago there had been presented to the city a drinking fountain but it had since disappeared. He would like to know if anybody could tell him where the fountain is located.
Alderman Finigan moved that Alderman Barlow and Alderman Flanagan be appointed a committee to investigate the matter.
The Recorder ruled the motion out of order, as the Council cannot designate a committee.I don't know what rule of order the Recorder relied on to dismiss the resolution. During the two years of Council proceedings I'd been reviewing, several ad hoc committees had been created--the committee to advertise the city during the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, the committee to find out what happened to the flagstones, the committee to get the trunk highway to run through Hudson--so why the Council couldn't designate a committee to solve the mystery of the missing fountain, for Alderman Barlow and for posterity, is not at all clear. In the minutes for the remainder of 1910 and for 1911 there is no further mention of the fountain.
The item made Gossips curious to find out more about Alderman Barlow. Emerson Barlow represented the Third Ward, where the fountain had been situated when it stood at the Union Street entrance to Washington Park. By profession, he was a dentist, and with his associate, Charles A. Walker, he practiced dentistry at the Hudson Dental Parlors at 524 Warren Street. Barlow resided at 438 East Allen Street.
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