The peuple of Ann Arbor were greatly surprised to learn yesterday momiDg of the death of Robert Phillips, late cashier of the State Savings Bank. He died at the residenoe of his sister, where he was visiting, in Louisville, Kentncky, of typhoid pnenmonia, yesterday moruing. He had been in rather poor health for a year or more and some of his intirnate friends feared serióos results. Mr. Phillips made many friends during his residence in Ann Arbor. He was a fine bnsiness man and seemed fitted by natnre for a bank cashier; he was quick, gentlemanly, aconrate, aud vigilaut for the interests of his employers. He was bom in Canada, of Scotoh parents, and was a prominent member and officer of the Caledonian Society here. He was thoroughly informed in the history and literature of Sootland, perfectly familiar with the Sootch dialect, and could "repeat most of the peotry of Burns. Burns was his favorite poet, as he is of all loyal Scotoh men and woinen. A little over a mouth ago he resigned his position as oashier of the State Savings Bank to go away for a much neoded rest. In view of his sudden death the following letter, written by him at that time, has a tonching pathos: "Ann Arbor, Mioh., Deo. 10, 1896. "To the Offlcers and Direotors of the ■ State Savings Bank, Ann Arbor, Mioh: "Gentlemen, - It ia with some feeling of ernotion that I submit for yonr consideration and acceptanoe this evening my resignation as cashier of yonr bank. I am impelled to take tbis step ohiefly from motives sugeested by ill heatlh and increasing debility. I will not attempt tn express jast what it means to surrender my connection with an iustitution that began its exiatence with my administration of its affairs as cashier, and whioh has continned to thrive and grow strong and firm in the coufidenoe and respect of the general public ever since. I should be pleased to be immediately relieved of the duties and respousibilities of the offioe, as it is nou&epushiug the matter to further experimeut. With the kindest expressions of friendsbip and personal esteem for each of the rnembers of the board, partionlariy those who have assisted me with their counsel and regard under all cÁroumstanoes; with sincere wishes for the bank's prosperity through the future, and with a formal, but nevertheless afïectionate farewell, "I have the honor to be "Your obedient servant, "ROBERT PHILLIPS." Mr. Phillips was very popular with customers of the State Savings Bank, and upon the receipt of the foregoing letter of resigüation the board of directors adopted the following preamble aud resolutions, whioh show the very high appreoiatiou in which Mr. Phillips was held by the officers of the bank : "In accepting, with regret, the resignation of Mr. Robert Philips, cashier of this bank, whtch he has this day tendered on account of ill health, we, the offlcers aud direotors of the State Savings Bank desire to express our hearty appreciatiou of tbe fidelity and ability w:th which he has couduoted the affairs of this bank since its organization four years ago. And, Whereas, the relations existing between hiru aud the officers and directors have been of the most nordial and pleasant charaoter, Therefoie be it resolved, "That we take pleasure in testifying to bis ability, houesty and thorough knowledge of the duties pertainiug lo his position, as exemplified to us during his term of service as cashier. We also award him a laige share of credit for the bitfbly satisfactory condition iu wbich he leaves the bank's affairs. In severiug our oreseut relations with Mr. Phillips we heartily uoite in wisbiug him the highest success in whatever position be may accept elsewhere. And be it fuither resolved, "Tbat these resolutions be spread upon the records of the bauk, and a oopy, offlcially signed, preseuted to Mí. Phillips. President, Secretary."