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It remains for the new editor of the Washtenaw Evening Times to make the charge that the Argns is afraid to gpeak nut on oity affairs. The Argns admiies his nerve. And cheerfully accepis the challenge to teil who compost the second or out-of -office board of public works which seeks to hamper tiie actions of the board in office and to be the power behind the councilIt does not teil this beoause it thinks the Times does not know - for have not the Times editorials on the board of public works, the street oommissioner, paving Detroit street, etc, been f rom the facile pen of the literary private seeretary of this out-of-office board of public works. Wlio does not know that ex-street commissioner and exsewer inspector Charles A. Ward, who was popularly known on the streets as the literary secretary of Messrs. Bullis and Clark, and who wrote some of their most valuable reports, wrote these articles for the Times, even though they appeared in the editorial columns? And who has been so blind as not to discover the animus of thern? Who does not know that there was an attempt made to prevent good men accepting a position on the board of public works, so that the assertions would be carried out which were made by the former board, or the out-of-office board as we have seen fit to cali it, that good men would not accept the position until the powers of the board were enlarged? And now let the Times epeak out and teil why it has handed over its editorial columns to this outof -offioe board? Is it under contract as their official organ? And while the Times is so fearless as it proclaims itself will it say opeuly which board of public works it considers best for the interest of the city, the board now in office or the board of last year? Just wateh the fearless one equivócate over that question. The Argns hopes the Tiines ruay stay fearless long enough to answer it sqnarely. The free silverites tbronghont the country are still bowling abont the ■wicked federal office holders and the Michigan democratio state convention. Now most of their complaint rests on mistaken facts. It is true that there were some federal office holders in the convention, nien who have for years been in the habit of attending state oonventions. It is trne also.that gome of these federal office holders were for hei silver. It is true also that there were several times as many disappointed candidates for federal offices in the con veDtion as there were office holders and that rnany of these went to Detroit and worked for free silver not because they believed in it, but as one or two honest ones expresad it, to get even with the administration. For instance, ont ol the 1 1 votes for free silver in the JcakBon couaty delegation, five were oast by nnsuccessful oandidates for federal office. Had botn the federal office holders and the unsuocessfnl candidates for such offices been elhninated from the convention, the sound money majority would have been larger. As yet Major McKinley has not taken time to declare his position on tbe eurrency question. ís it possible that a man aspires to the presidency who has uever given so important an issue sufficient thought to enable him tci take a position? What the public wishes to kuow is what be would do if a free silvsr ooinage bilí at a ratio of 16 to 1 ■was presented to him for his signatme, and tbey have a right to know before placing him in the presidential chair.


Ann Arbor Argus
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