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E-Secretary John W. Jochim swore that he...

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E-Secretary John W. Jochim swore that he did not know what the duties of his deputy, executive clerk and other officials of his department were. It is an outrage for any party to thrust such an ignoramus into high position ostensibly to serve the people, but really to serve the exigencies of the party machine. A new rule has been adopted in the house of representatives providing for the counting of a quorum. It is much the same as the Reed rule excepting it avoids the possibility of counting persons through mistake who are not present. The presence of persons who are reported as present but not voting is determined through tellers appointed for that purpose. The English ministry has decided to meet a deficit in the budget byincreasing the income tax i penny in the pound, and by increasing the duty on spirits 6 pence per gallon and on beer 6 pence per barrel. In this country such a deficiency would probably be met by laying an increased tax on the necessaries of life in order not to offend the possessors of great incomes by asking them to do their part in bearing the burden. According to the sworn statement of ex-Secretary of State Jochim, he knew pactically nothing about the duties of the important office to which the people elected him, and all he did was to sign papers placed before him by his clerks. There ought to be a lesson in this for the people of Michigan. They should see to it in the future that no persons are elected to important positions of trust solely because they represent a certain nationality and can, therefore, control the vote of that nationality. Gov. Waite, of Colorado, has been sustained by the supreme court of that state in the right claimed by him to remove the members of the Denver board of pólice commissioners for the causes assigned. After all, it seems that the only point involved in the controversy was the determination of the republicans, Martin and Orr, to hold on to their pap at all hazards. This is quite characteristic. Republican officials have held office so long in Colorado, as well as some other places, that they have come to think the positions as their very own in fee simple. JOCHIM CASE. The first of the triumverate of state officers, recently kicked out of office by Governor Rich for gross nèglect of duty, and indicted by a grand jury for making a fraudulent record in the matter of the canvass of the vote on the salaries amendments, has had his trial and it has resulted in a miscarriage of justice. The jury after long hours of deliberation was unable to reach a verdict, being evenly divided upon the question of his guilt or innocence. This leaves the case in an unfortunate condition, for neither side is satisfied. Those believing with the six who voted for conviction will have a feeling that notwithstanding the fact that there is no shadow of i doubt as to the willful and delibérate falsificaron of the people's will, i as expressed through the ballot, yet I responsibility for the crime is not to be fixed. They will be i ly disappointed in that so palpable a case of studed criminal intent should go unpunished. It will add to the already quite prevalent belief i that crimes against the ballot are i not regarded as serious offenses. ( Then, on the other hand, those who believe in his innocence will be appointed that it has not been J lished and that it cannot be to the satisfaction of Mr. Jochim, himself, and his friends. It may be that after the other cases are brought to trial, this one may be tried again. This will probably be the case should the others result in conviction. The prosecution seem to have failed to connect the i secretary with the actual falsification of the record although one-half of the jury hold him responsible for inspiring it. The trouble in the case seems to be that those who would be suspected of possessing the most damaging evidence are either under indictment themselves and can not therefore be compelled to testify, or have fled. It is to be hoped, however, that the prosecution will not relax its efforts to bring the guilty to justice or because in any way discouraged by the miscarriage of the present case. The crimes with which the indicted officials stand charged are so flagrant and far-reaching, and there are so many in the secret that it ought not to be impossible or even difficult to bring the guilty to account. It is necessary, at least, that every possible effort be made to do this that " those who may be tempted in the future to commit crimes against the ballot may understand what is in ' store for them. '


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