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The demooratio oonnty ticket this iall is one which every demooiat oan well be prond of. It is a good tioket from top to bottom, as a prominent republioan said during the past week, it is one of the best tiokets the democrats ever put up. It oan be eleoted if the democrats come oat to the polls next Toesday - every man on the ticket. As private citizens these nominees are above reproach. As public offioials they bave done their duty creditably. The citizens of Washtenaw wbo desire an efficiënt and economical admiuistration of coanty affairs shonld vote the deinooratic county ticket. It is with a feeling of pride that the ArgusDemoorat presenta the following brief sketohes of their lives and pnblio services : FOK SHBRÍFF. Honest Johu Gillen, the democratie oandidate for sheriff, will make oue of the best sberiff's this county has ever bad. He is perfeotly honest, straightforward and trnstworthy. Althongh he has seen 14 years service as depnty sheriff, daring which time the bilis of other officials have been trimmed down ior exoessive charges, bis bilis have liever been reduced. They have never contained any excess obarges. John Gillen is not tbat kind of a man. He was bom in Lenawee county in 1850 and moved to Manohestor in 1869, where ae worked at the shoemaker's trade for tbree years. In 1872 he moved to Tecnmseh and iu 1875 to Saline, where he has since fesided. Ifntil 1885, when he was appoiuted postmaster of Saline, he worked at the shoemaker's trade. He was a good shoeruaker - one of the best. He made a good postmaster so that when the demócrata again oame iu power in 1893 he was agaiu mad6 postiuaster of Saline and served another term of four years so aoceptably to the people tbat j their votes shonld indioate theii satisfaotion with a faitbful publio servaut next Tuesday. He has previonsly been a candidate for tho nomination for shp.rift' and a leading oandidate and it was the manly way in which he oame to the support of nis sucoessful rival which did inuch to secure him the nomiuation this year. But Juhn Gillen is a manly man, a man wbo as sheriff will be a terror to evil doers, and a man also who will rnn the sheriff's oifioe in an honest, straigbtforwai-d manner. He has a faiuily of eight children aDd the emolumsDts of the office will not oome amiss in starting ihis large family properly in life. FOR COUNTY CLERIv. Capt, Jacob F. Sohuh, the presant I popular connty olerk who has rnn an exeeedingly economioal administration of the clerk's offloe is a oandidate for a deserved re-eleotion. He was bom in Wuitemberg, Gennany, in 1843. His parents oame to this oonntry and settled ou a farm in Herkiiner oounty, N. Y., when Jake was a little fellow four years old. They oame to Ann Arbor in 1853, and bere Mr. Sohuh grew up to manhood and has lived ever sinoe. Before he was old enoutih to vote he waB a demoorat and he has strictly adbered to that faith. He is unswerving iu bis loyalty to that party and to the candidates that have been on that ticket in the 34 years he baa been a voter and a worker iu the politioal field. He bas always been a publio spirited inan, ever ready to do anything to advauoe the interests of the oity and oonaty. As oity treasnrer he showed hiinself a competent aud obliging official and at the same time a good friend to the laboriug man. Instead j of tbe laboriug men haviug to go to the banks to get their orders discounted he paid them iu cash. Another 1 stance of his obliging nature was found in tbat the taxpayers were not oonflned to banking hours to pay their taxes, he acoepting them at auy time duriug bnsiness bonrs. On aeoonnt of bis prornptness and popnlarity Mr. Schub was elected to a third term of office. He was nominated for oounty olerk iü 1891 bnt the repnblicaus carried the sounty that year and altbongh Mr. Schnh made the best run of any man on his ticket, he went down with the rest. In 1896 he was again nominated !or oonnty olerk and this time eleoted Dy 64 althoagh the oounty gave the republioaa governor 1,049 plurality. He has made a good olerk and has had an excellent deputy in Philip Blom, jr., of Lodi, whose personal friends will remember that his reteution in the offioe of depnty connty olerk dependa upon the eleotion of Capt. Schnb. The people of Washtenaw oonnty eau rely on it that the same obliging ways aud oareful, competent babits that have obaraoterized him in the offioe of oounty clerk will be coutinned sbonld the people by their votes re-eleot him to that offioe, Tuesday, Nov. 8. FOK TREASUREK. The people of Washtenaw county want a man of well formed habits of reotitude as oonnty treaeurcr. Tbat man, this year is George J. Mann, of Lodi, who, if merit counts, will be trinmphantly elected. George J. Mann, waB born Jan. 3, 1858, in the townsbip of Preedom. His fatber, Conrad Mann, was oue of the oldest settlers in that town, having come there about the year 1827. He was brought np on the farm and lived the nsoal life of a fartner's son, goiug to school aud working between times. His edncation was cüiefly acqnired in the Saline villago schools, and he afterwards took the business oonrse in the Kalauaazoo Commercial College, graduatiug in bookkeeping in 1879. At the age of 13 he bad the misfurtaue to losa his Ieffc arm, which bas been. a seiious drawback to him. With the energy inherent in his character, however, on bis return from thfi college he took np tha aotive dnties of a fatmor's life aud has followed it sucoessfully over since. He was elected treasurer of Freedoru iu 187Ü, when he was just 21 years of age, and haring moved to Lodi he was elected treasnrer of that town in 1883. In 1888 and 1889 he was supervisor of Lodi and was for five years treasurer of tbe Washtenaw Mutnal Fire Insurance Co. Ten years ago he was eleoted a justioe of the peaoe in his town aud has held offloe ever siioe. He was a caudidate for county treasurer two years ago, when the couuty went republioan, bnt took the defeat like a man. A raan like this is a good man to entrust with the obarge of the funds of the oonnty. They will be (Continued on Eighth Page.) OUñ STW TICKET (Continued f rom First Pasre.) taken care of and accounted for witb tbe strioteet fidelity. For treasnrer a man is needed whose habits are formed, so that every one knows be may be absolutely and implioitly trusted with the fnnds of the oonnty. On this aooonnt yonr vote sbóuld be for George .T. Manu, a inodest, manly Maan. FOB I'KOSECUTING ATTORNEY. If tbe suldiets were borne Major John P. Kirk would have 2,000 inajority for prosecuting attorney, for he is the soldiers' idol. John P. Kirk, the nominee for prosecnting attorney. is a nativé of tbis county, having been bom in Ypsilanti, Sept. 20, 1867, and has continued to live in that oity ever sinoe. His parents have been residents of the same place for the past 35 years. Mr. Kirk at an early age entered the public sohools at Ypsilanti and gradnated in the high sohool in the spring of 1886. The following fall he entered the law departmentof the University of Michigan and took bis LL. B. degreefrom that institation in 1888. He immediately entered the practioe of his ohosen profession at Ypsilanti and winning the confldenc, of the people wasjeleoted oity attorney, being at that time tbe youngest oity attorney in tbe state of Miohigan. The oonfldence was JOHN P. KIRK. fonnd not to be misplaced and he was re-elected in 1891 and again in 1893, 1894, 1895. A peculiar feature is, that Mr. Kirk was ehosen to this position notwitbstanding thefaot tbat every time he was eleoted tbe oommon counoil stood either a tie between the demoorats and repnblioans or tbe latter were in the majority. In 1896 he was nominated for proeecuting attorney and althongh McKinley carried tbe county, he was ekcted by 691 majority. He has made a good prosecuting attorney. At a time when Ypsilanti was threatened witb the loss of its military oorapany, Mr. Kirk was united upon by opposing factions for tbe captaincy,and at once bronght the compaDy to a high state of efficiency. He had held every position in the company from eighth corporal up. When tbe war broke out, Capt. Kirk enlisted with bis oompany and went to the front, where he was shortly promotsd to major and has earned and retained the esteern of all his soldier comrades. If re-eleoted prosecuting attorney, now that the war is over, he will resign bis oommission and retnru to his civil duties. It has been said tbat a lawyer oan best be jndged by his clientage, and oertainly Mr. Kirk, although a yonug man, bas won the patronage of the very best busiaeBS men in his vicinity, and is universally respected and esteemed. He is a brilliant trial lawyer, an ïndefatigable worker in cases entrnsted with him and very sncoessful in results obtained. He stands at the head of the younger membersof the Wasbtenaw county bar and is certain to develop into one of tbe leading lawyers of this seotion of the state. His reoord as prosecuting attorney is without a flaw and he bas shown himself capable of meeting any legal antagonist. Remember tbat John P. Kirk is running for re-election. KOR REGISTER OF DEEDS. It is a pleasuie to be able to vote for an active, hustling, straightforward bosiness man, and faenoe the voters of Washtenaw may enjoy tbat pleasure by voting for Clifford R. Huston, of Ypsilanti, foi register of deeds. Mr. Huston was bom on a farm seven miles northeast of Ypsilanti, Match 22, 1865. He attended tbe district school and then the State Normal ooilege froin whiob he graduated in 1886, completing the Scientic-German oonrse. While a student there, he was reoogCLIFFORD R. HUSTON. nized as earnest and hard-working, and a thoroughly reliable, honorable man in all relations. In his business oareer since, these traits have oontinued a permaaetK part of hisreputation. After graduating he tanght sohool three years near Detroit, and served two terms as school inspector of Cantón townsbip. For seven summers he travelert as an expert for the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. At present, and for tbe past severa! years he has been engaged in tbe flonr, feed, grain and farm implement business nnder the arm name of Hoston & Dawson. In the parióos lines in wbich he has been engaged he has proved himaelf uniformly 3uooessful. In 1897, Mr. Hnuton was Bleoted alderman oí the First ward of Ypsilanti city. This ward is strongly republioao, qsually giving the nominee of that party from 10 to 140 majority, yet Mr. Hnston cBrried it by 64, being the first democratio alderman of that ward for 2? years. Ee oaried his nsoal energy and push with him into the city council and bas made a most valnable member of the oity government. It will thos be seen tbat his experience bas been wide and variad and sucoessful. The pnblic business is always safe in the bands of sncb a man. Be is a man of fiue présence and agreeable manners, and his uniform suooess has been attribntable in no smal] measnre to hisgenialty, afïability and universal courtesy. No good oitizen will make a mistake in votiug for CJifford R. Huston. FOB CIRCUIT COUKÏ COMM1SSIONEUS. Both the oandidates for oirouit oourt oommissioners are yonng lawyeis who are worthy of the position. Wiliam A. Murray is a soldier of tbe 31st Michigan, wbo is a gradúate of tbe law department and has been assistant piosecuting attorney. He oame to tbis city from York township. In remembering the boys in blue don't forget that Murray is one. Traoy L. Towner was bom in Ypsilanti, Maroh 2, 1864. He learned the trade of a printer. Afterwards he was a nlerk in tbe Ypsilanti post offioe and ■ gradnated in the law departmeut of the university in 1888. He was circuit conrt ootnmissioner from 1891 to 1898 and is in every way oompetent to fill the offioe. FOK STATE SENATOR. Chas. A. Ward, the detuooratio nonjinee for etata senator in this distriot, was bom 37 yeara ago iu Maoomb oonnty, Miob., aDd reoeived his ednoatiou in the Miobigan Agricultursl College. For soms years he was in charge of large ruining interests in Coloado. Retuning to his native state he locatert at Ann Arbor and being a ready and forcible writer soon beoame the editor and pnhlisher of the Aun Arbor Democrat. As snch he has indioated the possession of excellent jadgtnent on matter:) of public interest. Not being in any way a trimmer, he has taken in his paper a decided and positive stand on all roatters of public interest. The slogan of the Deraocrat for the past year has been "eqnal and lower taxation." By oarefally prepared articles he has shown the enormons inorease in state taxation in the past few years, and bas pointed out that not only should corporations be made to pay their just proportion of taxes, bnt that the increase in these tases by the nndue mnltiplioation of offioes to rnake places for salary seekiug politicians sbould oease. Mr. Ward is a forceful inan, a ready talker as well as writer and is acknowledged to be an honest man, a plaiD man, wbose sympatbies are with the plain people. It is couceded by the politicians of Ann Arbor tbat where Mr. Ward is best known he will run far ahead of his tioket. This is a strong recominendation for a candidato. No senatorial distriot in the state bas greater lonal interests to be oared fur and Mr. Ward is a man wbo has tbe ability to see tbat these ioterests are given the proper attentiou by the senate, and a man who, whatever he does, does tboroughly. The more the voters of this district know of Mr. Ward the better they will like him. - Jackson Patriot. - Every friend of the university and the Normal will vote for Mr. Waid. FOR REPRESENT ATI VES IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. Natban E. Sutton tbe demooratic nomineee for representative in the first legislativo district is a well known and highly esteemed farmer of Norchfield. He was born in Northfleld, Jan. 1?, 1841, and bas spent bis life npon a farm and has been a very snccessfol farmer. He has twioe represented Northfield on the board of supervisors and in 1884 was eleoted a member to the legislature. He is a level headed, sensible farmer wbo bas kept himself postedjon state affairs. He wonld devote himself to looking ont for the affairs of his distriot and be wears no man'a collar. Tbis latter faot sbould oommend him to the voters of the distriot. Henry Stnmpenbusen, the demooaitic legislativo nominee in the seoond óisttiot was boro in Ypsilanti townabip, Ang. 15,1843. His father was a native of Hanover, Germany. and his motber was born in Ireland. His fatber oame to this oonntry in 1836. His eduoation was obtained in the distriot and Ypsilanti school. He taught four terms. His life bas been spent on tbe farm. He is a man of broad views and uqnsually practical knovvledge. He was married in 1873 and has a son who was in the war against Spain. He haa been tbe overseer of tbe Angnsta Grange and is an ednoated, liberal ruinded farmer, who will be a credit to his district in the legislatura. FOR COBONERS. Benj. F. Watts, the well known Ann Arbor jeweler, was born in Ypsilanti, Nov. 4, 1836. He oame to Ann Arbor in 1854 and has been in the jewelry business here ever siDce. He bas been oity treasurer and a good one. He would make an excellent ooroner being a man of good judgment and if his friends will only bear in mind the laot tbat be is on the ticket he will bave a big majority. Dr. Christian F. Kapp, of Manchester, was bom of Germán parentage in Ann Arbor town, Jan. 26, 1846. Ho is a physioian of large practico. He has been a member of the sobuol board of Manohester for many years and has served on the village oounoil. He is tbe right kind oí á man for ooioner and bis numerous friends should not negleot voting for him.