Gets tough, William Donald Schaefer simply...


December 10, 1990

WHEN THE GOING gets tough, William Donald Schaefer simply pulls out his "Governor's Pocket Book of Brief Prayers," a 38-page compendium of special reflections written to ease his troubled mind.

There's a prayer for nearly all gubernatorial occasions: on responsibility, on being a servant, responding to needs, preparing for a meeting, the burdens of office, a busy schedule, for understanding, for the poor, for perfection, for patience and for serving the people.

Mr. Schaefer's special interests are recognized, too: a prayer for Western Maryland ("may its natural beauty be preserved for future generations"); a prayer for the ocean beach ("Today I walked the beach of Ocean City. . . "), and prayers for Baltimore ("I drove through Baltimore today and I have mixed emotions..").

In this book ("Dedicated to the citizens of the state of Maryland"), one prayer seems especially appropriate for the governor's current array of complex budgetary problems.

It is entitled, "Frustration":


Let me speak of my frustrations!

Everyone wants special attention

But lower taxes,

Everyone wants better state services

But lower taxes,

Everyone wants better schools

But lower taxes,

Everyone wants better roads

But lower taxes,

Help me to achieve the impossible!


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MARYLAND VISITORS to the enthralling new immigration museum that opened this year on Ellis Island need wonder no more how their ancestors got from Manhattan to this part of the world.

Railroads, including the old B.&.O., were an integral part of the elaborate network for settling these new Americans where there were relatives or jobs or opportunities.

After making it through the selection-out process in the huge, now-restored arched hall at the immigration center, newcomers found a support system that does this country proud. Often speaking no English, having no idea how to get from there to here, they were assisted, among others, by railroad officials who would figure out their destination and pin tags and instructions on their clothing.

Conductors early in this century were expected, as part of their job, to make sure the right people got to the right places. One exhibit tells the story of a conductor who somehow got tickets mixed up and two wrong wives got to two wrong husbands in different parts of the country, causing unhappiness all around.

B.&.O. tickets and timetables are among the artifacts at the museum, indicating it was the route many a new Marylander took to begin a new and free life in the Free State.

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