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INSTITUTIONS,  LOCAL AND  SELF GOVERNMENTS.     381
France are subject to one and the same law, except Paris,
where the prefect of the Seine acts as head-mayor, and every
one of the twenty arrondissements into which the city is di-
vided has a separate mayor of its own. The police is man-
aged by a special prefect, and the unity of the city is repre-
sented by a common council of eighty members, chosen one
from each of the four quarters into which the arrondissements
are divided. The government of Lyons also is formed after
a model nearly similar to that of Paris.*
In England, after the reform bill of 1832, and especially by
the municipal reform act of 1835, great changes took place
in the government of the boroughs, where various abuses
had reigned unchecked for several centuries. These boroughs
were chiefly under the control of town councils " usually
elected for life, and conducting their proceedings with closed
doors," and in their almost entire freedom from responsibility,
using their offices as means for obtaining trade privileges and
as ministering to parliamentary corruption. By the act of
1835, town governments are in the hands of a mayor, alder-
men and councillors, z. e., of a town council. The council-
lors are chosen by the burgesses ; they must be burgesses
themselves, must occupy ratable property, varying with the
size of the borough, and they hold office for three years. The
aldermen are elected by the councillors, and hold their office
for six years, one-half of their number retiring every third
year; "and since they can vote for their successors, it is
found in practice that a party which is strong enough to re-
turn a large majority of aldermen is not easily dislodged from
its supremacy in the town council.17 The mayor is chosen
by and from the council every year. The act of 1835 vested
no magisterial jurisdiction in the councils of boroughs, ex-
cept that the mayor and ex-mayor are ex officio justices of
peace; and all local justice is administered by magistrates
appointed by the crown, especially by a magistrate paid by
* Count de Franqueville in Cobden Club Essays, 1875.