Seasongood Praises Application of Business Technique to Municipal Government

"Local government has become a great business enterprise, and there has been a recent development in good technique of municipal administration," said Murray Seasongood yesterday afternoon in the fourth of the series of Godkin Lectures. In discussing possible means for remedying corruption and inefficiency in local government, Mr. Seasongood, former mayor of Cincinnati, stressed the application of scientific business principles to the problems of local government.

"Of great importance among the hopes for better local government are improved methods of election and election machinery." Mr. Seasongood advocated the Australian ballot, the short ballot, the non-partisan ballot, the ballot with names rotating (doing away with the dumb-bell vote which gives Adams an advantage over Smith and Williams), the holding of national and state elections at times differing from city elections, the method of proportional representation and the use of voting machines.