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Death Of Justice Pond

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The sudden death of Justice Eliliu B. Pond Wednesday evening was a great shock to his intímate friends and indeed to the entire community. He went home f rom his office at half past n've on Wednesday evening in his usual health and spirits and at half past seven he was dead. At about that time he went out into his garden to work around his grapevines, when all at once he feil and before any of his family jeached him he was dead. Mr. Pond had lived in Ann Arbor for 44 years and was probably personally known to every person in the city. He was almost as well known in the county and to the fraternity and to public men, of all parties, throughout the state. For 25 years he edited and published the Argus and had previously published the Sentinel at Coldwater, from which place he moved to this city. Mr. Pond was a man of unusual abilities and intelligence. He possessed a fine judicial mind. Ile would have made a great lawyer had he devoted himself to the legal profession in his youth, He was a man of lofty ideáis in public and private conduct, and with a manly courage he followed those ideáis in his own life, regardless of how it might affect his personal fortunes. No office in the state would have been beyond his attainment could be have conscientiously been a republican. But he was unswerving in his loyalty to the great principies of the democratie party. He could never be indueed to exchange those principies for a temporary makeshift - never sacriflee them for a temporary success- and, as an editor and a citizen, he never hesitated to act and vote against a candidate of his party if he deemed him unworthy. The ordinary politician called this bad politics, but such a person could not fail to secure the respect of eyery high minded citizen without distinetion of party. Few men in Ann Arbor would be missed more than Mr. Pond. For many years he has been a familiar figure on our streets. In all public rnatlers his judgiuent bas been sought, ' and in private affairs his generous friendship and kindlv advies has been given and had an influence which the world wilt oever kuow. Mr. Pond came ot' good old New England stock. He was bprn in Essex County, New York, in 1S26, but his father and mother were both natives of Yertnont and descended 'rom the early settlers of that state. Vlr. Pond had held rnany public positions. He had been county elerk, state senator, and warden of theprison at Jackson, and justice of the peace of ;his city. For many years he was secretary and afterwards president of the Ann Arbor school board, and to his labors and sound judgment our schools are indebted. in laige measure, to the position which they have attained. His wife, daughter, and two sons wlio survive hiin have mueh to mitígate their sorrow. This kind husband and father had passed the allotted three score years and ten. He died suddenly and painlessly, precisely as he desired. He had expressed thls wish to an intímate friend in the afternoon, just previous to his death. He leaves them unfading memories as sweet and beautiful as the flowers which he cultivated and loved; and he leaves them the priceless inheritance of a noble example and stainless name. The funeral services will be held at the family residence, No. 524 S. State st. at 10:30 a. m. tomorrow to which friends of the family are invited. The burial will be private. The remains will be interred in Forrest Hill cemetery, and the members of the cemetery board, of which he had been secretary and treasurer for so many years, will act as pall bearers.