E. .7. Smith, of Monroe, who was well kuovn in this city írom his editorial conneotioü with the Argus in 1894 and who has for some time past been editor of the Monroe Demoorat, bas been compelled to retiie from that position on account of failing health and will sever his coimection with the Demoacrt this week. Mr. Smith began newspaper work with the Adrián Press in 1874, and was at that time part owner of the Press with Willard Stearns. In 1878-9 he sold his interest to Mr. Stearns and bought a half interest in the Adrián Evening Record which he sold aud reengaged on the Record as editor with S. V. Beakes, now one of tbe proprietors of this paper. Leaving tbe Record Mr. Smith took charge of the Jackson Morning Telegram, but abandoned it for the editorship of the Kalamazoo Daily Herald. Health failing him he resigned and was re-engaged by Mr. Stearus as editor of the Adrián Press. In 1894 he was connected with this paper and subsequently passed the winter in the sonth for his health. On bis retnrn he conducted the Monroe Democrat. Mr. Smith was state oil inspector in 1883-4 and a mernber of the democratio state committee the same year. Mr. Smith's many friends among the newspaper fratemity will regret to hear of his retireruent, but will pnrsne hini with the hope that in bis retirement from active business pursuits he will find a renewal of his health.