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No Citizens' Ticket

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The citizens' movement didn't start out under favorable auspices, Tuesday night. When half-past seven carne only a very few were present, and at five minutes after eight, when the meeting was called to order, just nineteen members of the named committee were in the room, all republicans orprohibitionists, besides the spectators. Those present were Ben Brown, S. Dean, A. L. Noble, P. S. Banfield, Edward Treadwell, Robert Campbell, W. C. Stevens, H. Soule, John Moore, W. J. Booth, R. Kempf, George Feiner, A. J. Mummery, J. E. Beal, N. D. Gates, P. Snauble, P. Bach, J. W. Knight and R. Spokes. Shortly afterwards L. Gruner árrived. Robert Campbell called the meeting to order and moved that R. Kempf be made temporarychairman. A. L. Noble was made secretary. Mr. Dean wanted to adjourn because a majority of the forty-six, called to constitute the committee, were not present. The chairman didn't know vhether a quorum was present or not and ordered the secretary to cali the roll. Pending the calling of the roll, D. Cramer, one of the signers of the cali, but not one of the committee, took the floor and said a portion at east of those who had signed the cali understood that it was a cali for ;he citizens of Ann Arbor to name a ticket. It was claimed on the streets that one or two persons had selected the list. No one had authorized :hem to say who should [make up this ticket. We, he said, have signed this cali for the purpose of showing that we are in favor of a citizens' ticket, but I don't want any one man or two to name a set of men io put up a citizens' ticket. We want democrats, republicans, irohibitionists and the saloon keepers, if they want to come in with us. [f we want to get up a cali for a citizens' mass meeting to name a ticket et's dojt to-night. I want the spectators to say when they go' out of ïere to-night that this is a spontaneous meeting of citizens. He moved that the meeting resolve itself into a mass convention. Robert Campbell wanted to prcceed according to parliamentary usage. The committee had been asked by the signers of the cali to name a ticket. Chairman Kempf said "The cali was inflexible. This is not, as I understand it, a public meeting." Mr. Cramer returnedto the charge. The signers of the cali hadn't understood it in that way. Lots of them say they will never act under such a cali. Mr. Campbell replied, and after the roll cali showing nineteen pres: ent, Mr. Gruner not yet arrived, VIr. Dean wanted A. L. Noble, Robt. Campbell and W. C. Stevens appointed a committee to see if the other members of the committee cared to take any part ir the meeting. Mr. Campbell questioned getting nineteen present the next night. Mr. Cramer said Mr. Dean mad got up to appoint a committee all of one faith. If you want a citizens' ticket, you can't get it that way, but you must have democrats, republicans and prohibionists to carry a ticket of that sort. You, Mr. Campbell, he exclaimed, was with me once in a citizens' movement in this town, and you know what a teetotal failure we made of it, trying to carry it in this way. The chair ruled that the meeting was under a specific cali, a meeting of a certain number of men named to nomínate a ticket and those men only can co.nduct the meeting. Mr. Campbell didn't know whether any consent of the parties asked to meet was required. The citizens asked the men to appear. If some do not appear, then those who have assemblee! are perfectly competent to act. Mr. Dean moved that a committee of five be appointed to see if the absent members of the coramittee would meet Thursday night. Thecommittee appointed was: Sedgwick Dean, John Moore, Samuel Miller, Robt. Campbell and J. E. Beal. It was then resolved that the meeting held last night was for the committee only. The adjourned meeting of the socalled citizens committee was held last evening. Nine of those who attended Tuesday night were absent. Those present were R. Kempf, R. Campbell, E.Treadwell, J.R. Booth, Paul Snauble, J. Moore, Maj. Stevens, A. L. Noble, L. Gruner, A. J. Mummery and J. E. Beal. After waiting for recruits half an hour, the imploring committee reported that some expected to be present, some were sick, some were away and some were doubtful. On motion of Major Stevens the committee adjourned to meet Saturday evening. April 4, after the conventions of the various parties and iust on the eve of election.