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A Contemptible Trick

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The past week has been rich in political sensations. The biggest political move in the past fe# years has been made by the republicans in the publication of 5,000 containing a letter in Germán from a poor creature in Monroe by the name of Jaminet to a man in Ann Arbor by the name of Lemble. The letter was written in Germán, and the following is the literal translation of it as published in the Ann Arbor Courier: Monroe, Mareh 17, 1893. Dear Sin- Mr. E. E. Gilday, from here, was nominated by the Bemocrats for Circuit Coiiït Judge from this District, against Mr. Kinne, Republican. Mr. Gilday is a practical Catholic, and as we have of ten to fleal with a party that is unfriendly to us - the A. P. A's- it is a duty for us to assist as much as possible a brother of the same faith, and therefore we request you to not only support him with your own vote, but to work for his election among your friends. Respectfully yo'urs, (Signed) John P. Jaminet. The circular published by the republicans was worded so as to convey the impression that the letter was written by Gilday's direction, and many who received the republican circulars, which were unsigned, were led to believe that the circulars which the republicans were sending out were sent by democrats at Gilday's direction. This letter of Jaminet's was written without Mr. Gilday's knowledge and contrary to his wishes. It was a private letter, and not a circular ' tributed through the county. Mr. ' Gilday, as soon as the letter was ! brought to his attention, denounced it in unmeasured terms. The democratie judicial committee issued the followins; circular: 1 Ann Arbor, Mich., ) March 28, 1893. j Dear Sir: - The republicans are resorting to the most unfair political warfare to deceive the democratie voters of Washtenaw in the canvas for circuit judge. An unsigned anonymous circular is being mailed by the republibans containing what purports to be a copy of a letter written by one Jaminet, for the purpose of raising a religious issue against Hon. E. R. Gilday, the democratie candidate for circuit judge. The following is a copy of an affidavit which has been made by Mr. Gilday touching this matter: State of Michigan, ) County of Washtenaw, j ss' Edward R. Gilday, being duly sworn, says, that he is the democratie candidate for circuit judge in this 22d judicial circuit; that he is informed and believes that a copy of a letter, purporting to have been written by J. P. Jaminet, of Monroe, is now being circulated by the republican committee for campaign purposes; that he is in no way, shape or manner, responsible for any such letter, that he has never directly or indirectly sought votes upon religious issues, and that he disapproves of detests such practices. E. R. Gilday. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 27th day of March, 1893. L. Gruner, Notary Public, Washtenaw County, Mich. Mr. Gilday is not responsible for a private letter obtained by republican machinations, or written by some fooi supporter without his knowledge or consent. But what shall be said of a republican management which seeks to raise religious prejudices against a reputable, highminded and honorable gentleman on such a letter written without his knowledge or consent. This is one of the unfair methods used bv the reüublicans to elect Mr. Kinne. We know not what other circulars or roorbacks may be circulated too late to be answered. We advise all good loyal democrats to be on the watch for such roorbacks. May not the democratie judicia! committee ask your aid in securing the election of a good man and an honest, consistent democrat to the circuit judgship. W. W. Watts, S. W. Beakes, Judicial Committtee. The careful reader will have noticed that the republicans were the ones to give currency to this letter, a letter written by a foolish man who represented nobody but himself, and probably obtained "by republican machinations. But before this letter was written John J. Robison and others were traveling through the county urging people to vote against Gilday, on the ground that he was a Catholic. The religious issue was introduced into this campaign solely to aid Judge Kinne. This private letter written by this fellow, Jaminet, was handed to Judge Kinne, and by him shown to a number of people. The judge was urged by one friendly inclined towards him to throw it into the fire, and not to allow the question of religión to enter into the canvass. But the 5,000 circulars were issued, widely distributed, and a hue and cry raised for the purpose of introducing a break in the dempcratic ranks. Every self-respecting man shöuld rebuke this introduction of religión into the campaign. Every democrat owes it to his party to rebuke this insidious attack upon the party, which, if successful, will break up democratie supremacy in Washtenaw. It is no longer a questiqn of a possible fight between the sister democratie counties of Washtenaw and Monroe. It is now a question as to how many democrats will be misguided into helping on a bitter warfare within our own ranks in this county. Mr. Gilday is entirely innocent of wrong in the matter. His strong affidavit indicates how he deprecates this method of political campaigning, and any one reading it cannot fail to note his evident sincerity.


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