The sugar planters of Louisiana preduced during the past year 603,353,087 pounds of cane sugar on which the consumers paid them a bounty of $11,634,461. At the recent election in Rhode Island, about which the republicans howled so delightedly, 54,00o votes were cast. Of this number the republicans, by means of the most liberal use of Mr. Wetmore's money secured 20,000. Not a great victory after all. The great coal strike which extends all over the coentry has already called out 126,000 men, and there are more to follow. The absolute folly of such a strike at the present time and under the existing circumstances should be as clear as day to any and all having the least semblance of reasoning power. If the patriotic words of Archbishop Ireland, which appear elsewhere in these columns, were heeded by native Americans, as well as by the foreign born residents of American, we would have ■ fewe.1 public officials like some of those who have recently scandalized the fair name of Michigan. For any party to put up men for positions of honor and trust who are wholly ignorant of the duties of the positions, solely because the candidates represent a certain nationality and are expected to control the vote of Ihat nationality, is un-American, vicious and Hable to opérate as a boomerang. There seems to be much of sound sense in the following words from the recent decisión of Judge Caldwell in the wage schedule controversy with the Union Pacific railroad: "A corporation is organized capital: it is capital consisting of rnoney and property. Organized labor is orgauized capital; it is capital consisting of brains and muscle. What it is lawful for one to do is lawful for the other to do. If it is lawful for the stockholders and officers of a corporation to associate and confer together for the purpose of reducing the wages of its employés, or devising some other means of making their investments profitable, it is equally lawful for organized labor to associate, consult and confer with a view to maintain or increase wages. Both act from the promptings of enlightened selfishness and the action of both is lawful when no illegal or criminal means are usec or threatened." It has not generally been understood that Senator Quay, of Pennsylvania, was a humorist, but such is the case. In discussing the tariff question in the senate recently, he declared that it should be taken out of politics and considered purely as a business question. Knowing his political methods and his part in the campaign of 1888, this plea must stand as the very quintessence of humor. The elections show how much the democrats made by repealing the law for federal supervisión of the elections That was action to fortify the democracy, but the game didn't work. The people are not quite ready to be counted out or counted in, at the will 01 some boss, and so they took matters into their own hands and have placee republicans in charge of the ballot box in almost every precinct where an election has been held.- Ypsilantian If the above is a correct diagnosis of the case, it must be that the people have no better memories than the Ypsilantian; for it will be remembered that it was this same g. o. p. that counted the people out on the salaries amendments and counted in the doublé salaries of that pretty gang of indicted rascáis known as the state board of canvassers. At the conference of city j ties of Detroit at the office of the ; water board, last Friday, the equiv-j ocal position of Mayor Pingree was quite remarkable. That a man in his position, with the safety of the many interests of a great city in possible danger at the hands of an infuriated mob which had already shown its entire contempt for authority by assaulting the officers of the law and dangerously wounding the sheriff of the county, should utter words which may be construed as expressing sympathy for the rioters and disapproval of the acts of the authorities, is quite unaccountable. No matter what his opinions might be as to the question of day or piece work, he should, in the face of such a deplorable happening as that of last Wednesday, occupy no uncertain position. He should stand squarely for the supremacy of the law, and no ambiguity as to his position should be allowed to aid and comfort those who have set the law at defiance. Too often such an ambiguous course is adoptedby those who are not true friends of the laboring man, but seek to use him to further their ownpolitical ambition. The real friends of labor in such a crisis will always be found upholding the hands of authority in the most unmistakable manner. In a recent letter to President Black, of the National Association of Democratie clubs, President Cleveland gives the following good counsel and sound advice: "Your association has done much by way of educating our people, touchmg the particular subjects which are recognized as belonging to the democratie faith; but it seems to me that its best service has been au enforcement and demonstration of the truth that our party is best organized and most powerf ui when it strives for principies instead of spoils, and that it quickly responds to the stimulus supplied by an enlistment in the people's cause. This knowledge of ' the important services rendered to the advancement of true democracy suggests that the National Association of Democratie clubs and every other democratie organization should labor unceasingly and earnestly to save our party in this, its time of power and responsibility, from the degradátion and disgrace of a failure to redeem the pledges upon which ourfellow countrymen intrusted us with the control of their government. All who are charged, on behaif of the democratie party, with the redemption of these pledges should now be impressively reminded that as we won our way to victory under the banner of tariff reform, so our insistence upon that principie is the condition of our retention of the people's trust, and that fealty to party organization demands the subordination of individual advantages and wishes and the putting aside of petty and ignoble jealousies and dickerings when party principies and party integrity and party existence are at stake.