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The State Election

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The flection of Monday, when taken with that of last f all, demonstrates the fact that Michigan is once inore a republican state with a majority over all opposition. There are evidences that the tide is not running as high as it did last f all, still it has not turned toward the democracy. The vote cast last Monday was a small one, but it served to carry the g. o. ]). one point nearer absolute and unopposed domination in all departments of the state government. Justice McGrath, the only democrat on the supreme bench, went down in the wreek, although he appears to have run slightly ahead of his ticket. Joseph B. Moore of the 6th judicial circuit will succeed him, thus making the supreme court solidly republican. The republican candidates for regents of the University are also elected by large majorities. There is no gain in this for the republicans, however, since the board of regents is already entirely of the one political faith. The amendment to the constitution increasing the salaries of various state officials has been defeated. The vote is that decisive also that no effort will be made to defeat the people's will as was done at two preceding state elections. The defeat of the salaries amendment resulted, no doubt, not so much from a feeling among the people that the salaries are large enough, as from a feeling that the time is inoportune and a desire to administer a rebuke for the recent attempts to overide the expressed will of the people and change the fundamental law for the benefit of a few officials in defiance of the wishes of the voters. The amendment relative to another judge for Ingham county seems to have I deen defeated also. This is a misfortune, as it cannot fail to be detrimental to public interests. The judicial business of this circuit is so great as to render it impossible for i one judge to handle it. Failure to provide another, therefore, must result in a miscarriage of justice in a degree at least. August W. Lindholm, ex-republican deputy secretary of state under Jochitn, and whom the authorities pursued half way round the earth and brought back from Sweden to stand trial for embez.lement, has been acquitted of the charge by a jury in the Ingani county circuit court and this too in spite of the fact that he admitted the shortage. The conclusión one is forced to reach in the matter is, therefore, that he has a "pull" with the political machine which controls this state with an iron hand. His conviction would not redound to the advantage of the machine, so justice is allowed to misscarry and the state is made to suffer in its good name through the failure to inforce the laws against crime. Every step in the development of the cases against the numerous state officials, who were indicted during the first administration of Rich, but seems to strengthen the suspicion that not one of those responsible for that foulness will be brought to justice. The cases have been carried along until the indignation of the people over their betrayal by their officials has spent itself and the healing influence of time has obliterated the sense of wrong. Thus are the rights of the people outraged and those responsible for the offences shielded from the legitímate consequence of their wrong doing. Wanted, at the Argus office a "crow" in proper condition for a crow pie. The only asyluni left the democrats as a resnit of Monday's battle of the ballots was Manitou county, composed of Manitou, Fox, Beaver and various orher small islands in Lake Michigan. But no sooner die; this fact becorae known than the wicked republicans in the legislature proceeded to set their swinish instincts at work to lilch this smal] crurab of comfort from the hunted democrats. Wednesdáy they passed a bilí dividing up the county and attaching its fragments to the republican counties of Charlevoix and Leelanaw, and now the remnant of the once proud constituency of Donovan hath not where to eat its crow in peace, free from the spying eyes and grinning phizzes of the g. o. p'i The democrats of Wisconsin did nobly in last Monday's election. They re elected Judge Winslow to the supreme bench by a majority of more than three thousand. He is a man of high character and an able judge, and his re-election under the circumstances is a high tribute to his worth. Lieut. Gov. Milnes was elected to congress from the third district over the combined opposition of the populists, prohibitionists, free silverites and democrats. The majority was largely reduced, however.


Ann Arbor Argus
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