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Special Correspondonoe f rom Capítol News Coi. ffAsiiiM,n D. C, FeíT 19, 1894, Heretofore Congressman Criffin ïas been keeping pretty quiet and earnrng how to be a congressman. He has, up to date, introduced only :wo private pension bilis, but he las been preparing a bilí he is about :o introduce that will be decidedly oublic in its character. The time nay grow ripe for such a bilí, and ometime, but probably not during Vlr. Griffin's time as a congressman, md possibly not in the present ;entury, such a bilí may pass. The dï 11 is to provide for the ownership }y the government of all telegraph ines, as the government now own md controls the postoffices. When ]uestioned ábout his proposed bill, Vir. Griffin said: "Yes, I propose to introduce such i bill in order that my position on he subject may be understood. fhere is a strong public demand or government ownership of the elegraph and for a one-cent rate f postage. Of the two, I think he former slvould receive first atention. It may not be possible for he government to build up an enire telegraph system at a single troke, but it can be gradually ac;omplished. The government can irst give the people one or two ines, and connecting lines can be idded later." When asked if he vas not stealing the thunder from erry Simson or sonre other Popuist, he said: ( "I doa't care whether the Popuists or Socialists urge the plan; I relieve it to be entirely feasible. This country is advancing, and in ts advance it should control the .elegraph lines just as it now controls the mails." During the past week the House :ommittee on public buildings and jrounds has reported favorably upon :hree or four public buildings in different parts of the country, and the bilis providing for their erection svill no doubt pass the House at an ;arly day. The fact is one that will je especially encouraging to the citzens of the University city of Michgan, as well as to the students and rriends of the great University, as soon as they know other facts in connection therewith. The members of the committee have all along assured Congressman Gorman that liis bill for a public building at Ann Arbor should be favorably reported and passed as soon as any bilis for any public buildings ín any state were reported and passed. And that is the reason why Mr. Gorman feels so much encouraged to believe that he will live to see the present Congress pass his bill to give Ann Arbor a #75,000 public building. Many cities in the country lay claim to public buildings, and their claims have much of merit in them. This nobody on the committee or in copgress disputes; and vet the members of the committee freely concede the greater claim of a city like Ann Arbor, with one of the greatest universities in the land, with its 3,000 students to patronize the postoffice. With his bilí once reported Mr. Gorman will have no trouble in passing it, and for this reason,. There are in the House and Senate, scores of men who are full graduates of either one or two of the courses there or have attended school there for at least a part of a course. This gives the city an acquaintance among members of Congress that few cities many times arger possess,and the impression is, inevery case, a most favorable one. And so the conditions are more favorable for Ann Arbor's public building than for any other building in Michigan, or for almost any other in the country. Congress sometimes passes a public building bill and omits what is called the appropriation clause. That is, the building is authorized,. the limit of cost fixed, and the aupervising architect authorized to go ahead and select the site and prepare plans, but no appropriation is made at that time for commencing he real work of building, or even with which to pay for the site. Such a bill is far preferable to none, for it insures the building for the ity named, and makes it obligatory upon the next congress thereafter to make an appropriation for paying for the site and erecting the building. And so, if Congressman Gorman can't get the appropriation now, he hopes for the next best thing, and will be glad to have the building ordered this year, hoping that he can secure all or a part of the necessary appropriation from the short session of the present congress. Congressman Weadock informs the wnter hereof that the nomination of VVm. J. Daunt, to be postmaster at Bay City, is not hanging fire because of any intention on anybody's part to defeat his confirmation, or because anybody finds any fault with the appointment. The case is simply waiting for Senator McMillan, who has been away because of the death of his brother's wife, and is to be away this week in attendance at the Michigan Club banquet at Detroit on the 22nd instant. The committee on Postoffices and post roads is divided into sub-committees, and as such Senator McMillan is in charge of all postoffice nominations for Michigan and one or two other states. In that position his recommendations count for or against an appointee just as stoutly as though he were a tried and true Democrat. Dr. Kennedy, who is the referee in the Saginaw district, now represented by a Republican, is said to have endorsed for postmaster at Greenville, where a lively contest has raged for some time, Charles Hickox, who held the same position under Mr. Cleveland in his first term. Dr. Kennedy was also Mr. Cleveland's former postmaster at St. Louis, and, very naturally, endorsed himself for his old job, to which he was recently appointed. The other five candidates at Greenville naturally kick on the choice Dr. Kennedy has made. Although still a great sufferer from his recent f all, when he landed squarely on the stump of his amputated arm, Congressman Gorman is very slowly getting better. He is now able to be at the capítol a part of each day, but fears he will never again be as well even as he was before the fall. The left arm or sturap, langs by his side and he is powerless to raise it an inch even, and thinks it likely he will not again be able te move it as he did before the accident. Congressman Moon, who will be one of the congressional party to leave here on the 2oth for the Detroit banquet, expects to go on to his home at Muskegon and spend a week in looking after his business interests before returning to his congressional duties. Congressman Slephenson has secured from the committee on public lands a favorable report on his bill to dónate forty acres of land to the township of Ironwood, Schoolcraft county, for cemetery purposes, and the bill will pass. The township som e years ago bought the land froni a private individual who supposed he had a valid title and conld give a good title to it. It was found he had not, and so the government was asked to either sell or give the land to the township, as it was in use as a cemetery. They will dónate it as its value is only $1.25 per acre. Michigan Democrats were on the i2th made postmasters as follows: Manistique, Arthur R. Putnam; St. Clair, Wm. M. Barren; Norway, J. II . Gee. On the same day the Senate contirmed the nominations of Alfred P. Lyon and John Powers as district attornies of the eastern and western districts of Michigan, respectively; and of Charles R. Pratt as marshal of the western district.


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