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Oyster inspectors fining, say they ‘need the money’


Thursday, Jan. 9, 1908

from the Mathews Journal

We have heard it charged by oystermen that inspectors in fining them would accompany the fine with the statement that “we need the money.”

Inspectors should be put on a straight salary, so that when they put a fine of $10 or $20 upon some poor devil who has three oysters under size in his canoe, they will not bring the law into dispute by putting themselves under the suspicion of needing their commission as a reason for assessing the fine.

The officer enforcing any law in a particular case should be doing it as a sworn and salaried officer of the Commonwealth, and not, in addition to the duty imposed upon him by law, for the commission or fee involved.


Thursday, Jan. 10, 1918

from the Mathews Journal

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