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An Enemy To The City

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The Register, as was to have been expected, is very much worked up because it has at last been justly termed "an enemy of the city," and devotes two full columns to befogging the issue and very ingenious special pleading. It descends to personalities, into which we will not follow it. But no personalities can alter the fact that for the past year the Register has been pursuing a course detrimental to the city and to the attendance both on the high school and the University. Lest there be any doubt, with all this befogging of the real issue, that the Register is pursuing a course inimical to the city, we will réstate our reasons for pronouncing it an enemy to the city. It has been publishing a series of articles, often exaggerated, the tendency of which is to decrease the attendance of foreign students. As Ann Arbor is building up as an educational center, naturally anything that tends to drive away students injures the growth of the city and the prosperity of its business men. Nothing tends more strongly to injure the University and high school, than to instil the idea into parents that this is an unsafe town to which to send their children, a perfectly lawless city. There are certain side papers, for various reasons inimical to the University, who gladly give currency to any statements tending to injure it, and to them the Register furnishes sweet morsels. And a story always grows in the telling. Now, the truth is there is no more orderly, Iaw abiding city in the country than Ann Arbor, but no one who depends upon the Register alone for their facts vvould believe it. That paper is continually crying down the city, and a good many ,well intentioned people have been given false ideas. The Register itself gives us a good example of how a bad story grows in the telling. Last week it stated that "Ann Arbor citizens last year dug the graves and filled them ■with the soulless bodies of two hundred drunkards." Because it has been shown that there were less than two hundred deaths here last year, it now says that this was a mistake in a number, and thinks its contemporaries hard up for contradicting what it admits is untrue. This story bas grown then since its authorship, before it saw light in the Register. How large will it grow at the hands of avowed enemies? It reminds one of the old Germán saying about a child with large ears. The first neighbor had it that the ears were as large as a rabbit's, and eaeh one added to it until the last neighbor bore the astonishing intelligence that a child had been born with ears as large as a muie's. To show that the Register is what we pronounced it, a traducer of the city which nurtures it, we have the denial this week that Ann Arbor is the best governed city in Michigan. The Register says no intelligent citizen in Ann Arbor believes it, and in so saying the Register lies about it. As to the enforcement of the liquor laws the Register again traduces the city. We believe an honest effort is being made by the marshal and the patrolmen to close the saloons on Sunday and after hours. We further believe that they are closed. The Register has no word of praise. It does not take back the false and lying assertion that the "lowest elements of saloonism will hold the reins of city government." Why? Simply because its chief adviser in the preparation of the article answering the Argus was not elected mayor last April. That, however, fnrnishes no excuse for cryinjj down the good name of the city. We hope the Register will continue devotingits columns topersonalities concerning the editor of this paper. It might better be doing that than crying down the city which supports it.