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The President's message deserves the careful reading by everyone who desires some light on the silver question, now uppermost in the minds of the people. His reasoning that the Sherman bill should be repealed carries conviction. The message is plain and straightforward, the reasoning of an honest and able president. With a few words he proves conclusively that the Sherman bill has not accomplished what its authors wished. It does not materially increase the circulating medium. As President Cleveland shows between May t, '92, and July 15, '93, $54,000,000 silver certificates were issued. In thesametime,$49,ooo,ooo silver certificates were presented for redemption and were redeemed in gold. The Sherman bill exchanges the gold in the treasury for silver. It will eventually if undisturbed, drain the treasury of gold and send gold to a premium. In three years we have lost $132,000,000 of gold. It is time this was stopped. As we said before, the president's message deserves the careful reading of every man. There can be no question in the minds of candid men that there has been grave mismanagement ,in the conduct of the water works of this city. Year after year as summer approaches we have the same complaints of a bad condition and scarcity of water. Anyone who has gone to the wellsand springs, which are the source of the water supplyj knows that there the water is pure, clear and tastes well, yet when it comes out of the hydrants it is often of a dirty color, of poor taste, and as analysis shows, contains much animal matter. When the fact is known and conceded that the water works reservoir has never been cleaned out since it was built, one does not wonder that the water does not retain its original purity. Who would expect that it would after passing through catch basins choked with vegetable growth and through an unclean reservoir? What man could expect clean rainwater from a cistern not cleaned in seven or eight years? The water company has had ampie warning of the deficiencies of the works. Each summer we have had the same kicking, of course growing more vigorous as age added to the impurities of the reservoir, and the want of repairs impaired the efficiency of the pumping machinery. We believe that an ampie supply of pure water can be obtained. We believe that the waterworks company can get it, if ít will. That it has not done so is tbe fault of no one but the corporation itself. We hope this fact is now sufficiently impressed upon the water works company tobringabout a radical reform. Our system of water works is all right if properly managed and a due regard paid to the provisions of the contract with the city. The city can enforce the observance of that contract. It is the paymaster. In the meantime, while the dry spell lasts, we believe it is the duty of good citizens to be careful in using the water until the reservoir is filled, so that we may have, at least, fire protection.


Ann Arbor Argus
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