Gentlemen: As the chosen representatives of the people of our city we assemble today to perfect our organization, and to pledge ourselves to faithfully and honorably observe and follow those laws which govern us as a city and thus demonstrate by our conduct and actions, our sacred devotion to duty and right, that we may merit the confidence and trust of our people who have placed us in the various positions we now occupy.

Let us, for the good of our city and the honor of ourselves, so legislate that the greater good may come to the greater number, banish all favoritism and faithfully labor in unison, in peace and in harmony for the welfare and advancement of our entire community. Let us so meditate and legislate that the result of our legislation may be plainly shown and demonstrated upon every hand, and thus make manifest our faithful devotion to the city's welfare and good, so that honor may come to us as the natural reward of those who have performed a duty faithfully and well.

~ From the "Second Annual Message" from Malcolm C. Farrow, chief burgess of what was then the Borough of Shamokin, shared with borough council on March 7, 1898. It was read during Monday's reorganization meeting of Shamokin City Council by the city's new mayor, William D. Milbrand.