Within a week or so, that original and versatile writer, Hon. E. J. Smith, of Adrián, will assume charge of the local and county work on the Argus. Our readers have had a few specimens of his work in the Adrián Press Washtenawisms, which the Argus has made a feature each week. He is a ready and witty writer, and will brighten up our columns with an original humor, which we feel sure will prove interesting to our large and increasing circle of readers. Mr. Smith lays down his pen on the Adrián Press this week, and Mr. Stearns pays him this farewell tribute: "With this issue Mr. E. J. Smith, so long the very efficiënt editor of the Press, severs his editorial connections with the paper, and will accept a position tendered him by the proprietors of the Ann Arbor Argus. Our readers will attest the fidelity and abiHty with which he has discharged the duties that fall to one holding his position upon a weekly paper, and with us will regret exceedingly that he decided to make a change. Mr. Beakes goes into the postoffice, and knowing well the qualifications Mr. Smith possesses as a trenchant, versatile writer feit able to make a far more advantageous offer than could the Press, and Mr. Smith deerns it a duty to himself to "yield to the temptation." We part with hir.i with very great reluctance, for it is very largely to his trite, pungent and fluent writings that The Press has become widely known and freely "scissored." He has attained a position as a writer that few can gain, even on the best of journals, and only poor health has long prevented him from accepting an editorial chair on metropolitan journals. He takes with him to his new field of labor, the best wishes of the entire Press forcé, where he has so long labored, and the Argus, though a live paper in the past, will be imbued with new life and vigor."