The Ypsilanti Commercial, an independent paper, has this to say of the democratie candidate for commissioner of the schools: , "The many friendsof Hon. D. A. Hammond, irrespective of party, will doubtless be ready to lend him a hand in his canvass for the school commissionership. Mere politica! connections, it will be conceded, should in a matter of this kind, have relatively little influence. What can a man do for the schools? What has he done? Whatever may be said in favor of others it is known that Mr. Hammond has peculiarly good qualifications for the position. He is a teacher of long experience and very successful experience. He knows the country schools not less than city and village schools. He has had much experience upon examining boards both for his county and for the state. Through his connections with the Normal school he is thoroughly familiar with the preparation and qualifications of teachers. He is in hearty sympathy, it is known, with the common elementary schools, and understands the conditions under which their work must be done. Mr. Hammond is so situated as to do the work of such office in a more economical and efficiënt way than would one who is less familiar with schools and who has had less experience. His age and scholarship would give him influence among teachers. His counsel would have weight. His advice would be safe.