The farmers of Washtenaw are to be congratulated on the capture of the gang of grain thieves. During the past year much grain has been stolen in this section. The capture this week will undoubtedly lead to more security for the farmers. Nf.xt week week you may expect to see the republicans make a great blow because they have carried republican Ohio. The best thing that could happen the democrats of the country at large would be to have McKinley elected by so large a majority as to make him the republican candidate for president in 1896. He would be beaten worse then than Greely was in 1872, or Harrison in 1896. The people of the United States as well as the citizens of Michigan are to be congratulated upon the appointment of Edwin F. Uhl as assistant secretary of state. He is one of the ablest lawyers of Michigan, a clean cut man, a good reasoner, an orator, a gentleman and a scholar. He is one of Michigan's ablest men, a sturdy democrat, of whom the Michigan democracy is proud. Mr. Uhl was born in this county. He is a gradúate of the University and is well known throughout Washtenaw. His old friends in this section congratúlate him upon his appointment and the administration upon securing so good a man for the place. One of the pledges made in the last national platform of the democratie party has been redeemed. The Sherman law has been repealed. The compulsory purchase of silver by the government, left with a depleted treasury by the Harrison administration has ceased. One of the main causes of the present hard times, which have come upon us under republican laws, has been removed. People are assured that gold will not go to a premium in this country and that a dollar in silver or greenbacks will be worth as much as a dollar in gold. The first change in republican laws has been made. The democratie administration is redeeming its pledges to the people. Our readers must not be disappointed if next week the republican papers should come out claiming a big victory in the by-elections to be held next week. In off years, the party in opposition to the administration have invariably made gains. Possibly this comes because people who have votëd for the administration expected better times at once. As a matter of fact, the congress of the old administration meets after the election of a new administration and it is not until after a year from its election that an administration gets into active working operation. This is due simply to the fact that the congress does not ordinarily meet until a year after its election. Hard times have come upon us, partially at least, as a result of unwise republican legislatio'n, which the democratie administration has not had time to repeal. We are yet living under republican laws. The Harrison administration found the administration with a big surplus, but depleted it so effectually that the surplus had dwindled to almost nothing when Cleveland carne into office. The Sherman bilí has been repealed too late to affect the times before election. The republicans have made the most of the situation and have evidently befogged the minds of many voters. We shall be m,ost happily surprised if the elections next week do not show republican gains. But wait until 1896, when the benefit of the repeal of the infamous McKinley bill, which protects corporations at the expense of the individual, shall have been feit and the people will triumphantly endorse a Democratie administration.