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Michigan Elections

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Lansing-, Mich., April 5. - Municipal tlections were held in all Michigan cities except Detroit and Port Huron. Democrats showed gains in most of the larger cities, but Republicans retalned control in a majority of the smaller ones. J. W. Milliken, Rep., was elected state senator in the Traverse district, to succeed Covell, resigned. For the third year the Abbott voting machine, a Michigan product, was used in recording the wil] of the spring voters, the number'of cities using the device indieating a gradual growth of mechanical voting in Michigan. Where the electors filed into the snug little steel compartments and slid their favorites into the winner's column the canvassing boards were able to take the results of the day's balloting home to their tea tables, with the momentous matter of who is to be supervisor and who a constable all cleared up before thé night shadows feil. Night Work an Ancient Perlod. At Pontiac, Hudson, Adrián, Holly, Caro, Coldwater and other points there was hardly time to place a punctuation mark after the announcement of the closing of the polls before the vote was proved, the totals compared and the winners proclaimed. That time when canvassing boards used to tally and total far into the night seemed an ancient and shadowy period compared with the mechanical dispatch and accuracy of the Abbot operations. In Grand Rapids Republican majorities were entirely overthrown. George R. Perry, Democrat, was elected mayor on the issue of "personal liberty" against rigid enforcement of the Sunday and liquor laws. All the new city officers are Democrats. The latter elected all the ward supervisors and most of the aldermen. At Ishpeming William Andrews was elected mayor and Patriek F. Small was re-elected recorder. Both are on the labor ticket. The balance of the city ticket and a majority of the aldermen are Republicans. Democrat Mayor for First Time. Benton Harbor elected a Democratie mayor for the first time, with a Republican' council. Kalamazoo Democrats elected their mayor and a majority of aldermen. At Marquette the citizens' mayoralty candidate defeated his silver-Democratic opponent. Muskegon Republicans elected mayor and five out of eight aldermen. Democratie or fusiontst mayors won in Manistee, Tpsilanti, St. Ignace, Marshall. Albion, Sturgis, Ionia and Owosso. Republican mayors were elected in Traverse City, Adrián, Coldwater, Stanton, Eaton Rapids, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Sault Ste. Marie, Hillsdale, Alpena, Holland, Cadillac and Menominee. Negaunee elected labor candidates. Saginaw Democrats swept the city ticket and elected thirteen out of fifteen aldermen. In Bay City the Democrats elected the recorder and a minority of the aldermen. Republicans elected the entire West Bay City ticket. Jackson re-elected a Democratie mayor and a majority of Republican aldermen. The counci!, hovvever, remains Democratie.


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