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On the opening day of the Midwinter Fair...

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On the opening day of the Midwinter Fair, at San Francisco, 72, 250 persons entered the gates at fifty cents each. According to the treasury circulation statement issued recently, there is in circulation, in round figures $1,739,783,000, based on 67,789,000 population. A Httle figuring will teil you what the per capita amount is. There is a science of housekeeping which cannot be intuitively grasped. In view of the practical utility of the science, why should it not be taught in the schools. With most girls a scientific knowledge of this subject would be of far greater utilitarian value than two-thirds of the subjects pursued in the high school. If all young women who expect to marry gradúate in this science, it would help very tnaterially in the solution of the servant girl question. A cheap politician by the name of John I. Davenport,of New York, late chief heeler for the g. o. p. in the manipulation of the federal election laws in the interest of said party, having had his vocation repealed, is now looking for a job. The party of great moral ideas are ■uader many and lasting obligations to him and it is hoped that the faithfal everywhere will lend him a helpíng hand in view of the great sorrow that the wicked Democrats have placed upon him. Prosecuting Attorney Frazer, of Wayne county, has taken his sharp stick and started out after the rascáis who falsified the returns of the vote on the constitutional amendment of 1893 in Detroit. He has already driven one alleged conspirator to cover. James G. Clark, the bill clerk of the Republican Senate, is behind the bars charged with doctering the returns while on the canvassing board in Detroit. 'Tis said that he claims to have done this at the suggestion of Lieut.-Gov. Giddings. Commissioner Berry, of the state land office, tries to exonérate hitnself from blame in the matter of the fraudulent canvass of 1893 by claiming that he was in Ohio at the time and did not attend the meeting of the board of canvassers and only signed the report upon being assured by the other two members that every thing was correct. Thereupon the Lansing Journal rises up and desires to know why, if this be true, there should be a voucher issued to him for services for attendance at that meeting. Echo responds, why? We invite the careful attention'of every Argus reader to the article appearing on our first page under the head of "Very Easy to Lose." Under this outrageous decisión of the supreme court, a person may be defrauded of his property without any knowledge on his part that it is in the least danger. Under this decisión, even though taxes have been illegally assessed, if the owner of the property does not appear to make a contest at a time of which he may have no knowledge, the property is sold, and after the expiration of a year a tax title deed is given which is quite as good as a warranty deed. The owner has no right to expect to receive personal notice of the approaching sale. Publication in a newspapet is taken as equivalent to personal service. Now this may be good law, but there lurks in it the possibility of damnable injustice. It opens wide the door for the perpetration of iraud and has already had the effect I dí arousing to an unwonted degree the soulless tax titlc sharks and of attracting to our state an eastern syndicate of land grabbers. It would seem that the court might have leaned a little tow-ard the people in their decisión upon this question, and especially since so able a judge as William Newton, vvhom many believe to have been defrauded of his seat upon the supreme bench, had held to a more humane view of the statute. It is to be hoped that the people will bring such pressure to bear upon the court as to couipel them to reverse this decisión or the legislature to repeal the law. Under the provisions of the income tax bill recently passed by the House of Representatives, all incomes of $4,000 and under are exempt, while incoraes above the four thousand limit are taxed at the rate of two percent on the excess. That istosay, on an income of $5,000 the possessor would have to pay 2 per cent. on $1,000. Such a moderate tax as this should be willingly paid by all who have accumulated fortunes by virtue of laws giving opportunity to energy and protection and security to property. It is but just that the support of the administration should be placed on those who derive the greatest benefits from the laws and are consequently best albe to bear the burden. Could the great mass of the American people be guaranteed an income of four thousand dollars per year, they would without doubt cheerfully hand over to the government two percent, of that amount, without any exemption, as a tribute to the state for the protection and security rendered. Prosecuting Attorney Frazer continúes to render excellent service at his end of the investigation into the fraudulent 'canvass of 1893. Wednesday evening he ordered the arrest of George H. Bussy, chairman of the footings committee of the Detroit board of canvassers, on the same charge as that against Clark, doctoring the returns on the salaries amendment. These men may not be guilty of the charges that have been lodged against them, but the surrounding circumstances are, to say the least, decidedly suspicious. Why ït should bave been necessary on any legitímate grounds for these two men, who held official positions at Lansing, to go to Detroit and worm themselvesonto the canvassing board is a mystery. They were there, however, and they seem to have had no dirriculty in getting excused from their duties at Lansing. It is alleged that other marks of favor were shown them at Lansing. It is just as difficult to understand what rightful personal ends could have been subserved by this Detroit business. These men may be able of course to explain all these circumstances in an entirely satisfactory manner. They will have an opportunity to do so in court. But in view of the alleged boasting of Clark as to his cunning in 'fixing" the returns, and the charges upon which the two men have been arrested, public opinión, in its present condition,. will assume that there must be something of truth in the accusation. Assuming that the charges are true, what could have been the motive in making the fraudulent return? It certainly could not have been done without a motive or purely for love of those who were benefitted by the act. Men, and politicians especially, do not take such chances for naught. The inevitable conclusión is that if these men did what they are charged with doing, they did it for the advantage of those who would be directly benefitted thereby. .Vow, if Clark and Bussy are guilty of the offense charged, they are but catspaws in the hands of shrewder rascáis, and until the charges against them are shown to be untrue, the finger of suspicion will point to the benefïcaries of the ciime. It is the duty of the legal and judicial authorities to determine the degree of guilt of those responsible for the perfidy. Let no guilty man escape.


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