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Day
25
Month
November
Year
1898
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Public Domain
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Burrows' safest plan is to follow the example set by Alger and f use with Pingrw. Helber'8 handling of the Germán Tote is almost as bad as his handling of the Germán language and worse than his English. The "antis" are mean enough to say that if there is anything regular about Pingree it is the majority which he always rolls up. Those school boy witticisms seem to have touched off the editor of Ann Arbor's bi-lingual newspaper like the bent pin used to touch off the school boy of old. And now that the supreme court has decided the anti-trust law to be constitntional,why don't the attorney general proceed to destroy these unlawful combinations. " Having satisfactorily disposed of the late election the Detroit Tribune is now engaged in the manufacture of antiBurrows sentiment for consumption At Lansing next winter. Bicycle riders who persist in appropriating the sidewalks of this city to their own particular use should remember that Judge Duffy is still doing business at the old'stand. The Weekly Argus-Democrat with its 4,100 circulation and the Daily Argus satisfy the wants of the "Washtenaw county advertisers as a new pair of redtopped boots satisfies the wants of the small boy. White the Daily Argus may have been unfortunate in drawing the fire of Helber's doublé barreled newspaper, the publishers are consoled by the reflection that Helber's weapon is only a gnaooth bore after all. Froin the space reviews of the copper industry and stories of the profits of copper mining have occupied in the Detroit press of late we are led to believe that someone must be trying to unload some copper miiiing stock in that city. While the city assessor is spreadirg thTfall tax on the rolls we willtake time to remark that the tax rate is lower in Ann Arbor than it is in any other city of 15,000 people in the state, notwithstanding the fact that we spend $50,000 a year on our schools. Chas. Joslyn, corporation counsel of the city of Detroit has not, hitherto, been regarded as a joker, but his remarks about the sterling honesty of the late republican county convention in Wayne will be regarded as borderirïg on the facetious by the fellows who failed of nomination. Having obtained about all the concessions that it needs in its business from the city of Detroit the Detroit Citizens' gtreet railway company has adopted a platform of a 30-year extensión of franchise and 4 cent fares or uo more extensions or improvements. In the langnage of Geo. A. Pullman the "company has nothing to arbitrate. ' ' Since Stockwell eompromised his case T?ith Doane and fled to Canada leaving his attorneys to carry water in a pail without a bottom, it is sunnised that Brother Sawyer's net proceeds from that a8signment will not defray the expenses of more than one summer's vacation in Europe to say nothing of the lost opportunity to gore our flaxen haired sheriff in open court. Editor Helber is not susceptible to the blandishments of fame. He declines the republican nomination for mayor tendered him by the Daily Argus with all the blushing coyness of a novice. He is not seeking office and has not sought office since Gen. Spalding turned him down for the office of deputy revenue collector a few months since. The parties who propose to build a beet sugar factory at Pontiac wanfc a $100,000 bonus from the farmers of Oakland county. If the farmers build the factory and the state pays the manufacturera a liberal profit in the way of beet sugar bounty the enterprise should provo a success so fax as the promoters are concerned. But how about the farmers in whose interest this beet sugar bounty steal was presumed to be passed? Like all otherlawswhich tax one class of citizens for the benefit of another class this one'rJs rapidly proving its „jniquity. Three'inillion pounds of wool was sold iu New York for export last week. This ought to make American sheep ashamed of themselves. It has been snggested that a nice asphalt parement on the inner drive around the campus would make a nice ïrnprovement for that section of the city. ■' Marcus Pollasky, Marcus the unctuous and ubiquitious, has put his native modesty in close confinement and comes out as a caudidate for the seat which Senator Burrows is so anxiously covering. - . Ex-senator John Pattori says he is not a candidate for election to the United States senate for the reason that ie is not rich enough. Senator Patton is guilty of violating the rules of senatorial courtesy when he strikes Senator Burrows below the belt. The following item from the Northville Star reads as election items did in oíd times: "The Washtenaw county democrats are rejoicing over a clean sweep at the recent election, with the exception of one lone republican. That county must be the oasis of the Michigan democracy. ' ' Already Teddy Roosevelt is fixing ais teeth firmly on the bit and the several factions of New York republicans are assured that the entertainment they are to have will be second in dramatic effect only to that Gov. Pingree has been furnishing free of cost to the Michigan g. o. p. The Saginaw beet sugar people say that the annexation of Cuba will ruin theiifindustry for tbe reason that they cannot compete in the open market with Cuban sugar. That kmay be a suffieient reason for the beet sugar people to oppose the annexation of Cuba, but it will hardly strike the sugar consumer that way. The name of our gifted friend, W. W. Wedemeyer, is mentioned as the probable successor of Major W. K. Bush private secretary to Gov. Pingree. After having perched his feet on the terne mahogany table with Sybrant Wesselius for two years there should ba no question ofWedemeyer's qualifications for the place. The idea prevails among easteru colleges that western uuiversities are peopled with a race of husky giants. - Detroit Evening News. And fromj the way the ' Varsity has walloped the earth with everything that comes its way this fall we are inciined to think that those eastern peo pie have diagnosed the situation cor rectly. If the chairman of the late republican party ofWashtenaw has sufficieutly recovered his breath since the drop on Tuesday, Nov. 8, permit us to submit the following problem in mathematica ïf a reduction of the republican mem;bership in the national house of representatives from 203 to 186 is a splendid vindicátion of the rank incompetence in the conduct of the war, how much oí a vindicátion would the loss of all o1 the republican members amount to? Pingree has an ardent admirer in ijohn L. Sullivan. Said that well known pugilist: "Pingree as I said is all right," "He's dead against monopolies; so am I. He's for the poor people ; so am I. When he has a friend he sticks to him ; so do I. If any one thinks that Pingree is a lobster, he has flat wheels in his head, and if any one thinks I, m a lobster he has flat wheels ín his head. Pingree and Steve Brodie ar.e what I cali true Americans, see? and I'm proud to have them for me friend s." The returns so far received would indicate that the proposition for a revisión of the state constitution is lost. Bearing upon the proposition, the question of whether a majoriy in this instance means a simple majority of votes cast upon the proposition or a majority of all the votes cast at the election may be raised. In this connection it may be interesting to note that when this question was submitted to the late Judge Cooley during Gov. Rich 's term he held that the proposition must have a majority of all of the'votes cast at the election. There is that in the results of the late elections which leads to the belief that the republioan leaders may have executed a capital stroke by sacrificing members of congress in order to make those legislatures of doubtfu! states, which are to elect United States senators, safely repttblican. The point of all this is that by making the senate rebulican, democratie legislation is forestalled for at least six years, while had they lost control of the house, a chance to regain control would be presented in 1900. And then having secured the enactment of all the legislation which they really desire, a policy of obstruction, which can be most effectively pursued by a republican senate which best suits their purposes. Hall Caine, the distinguished novelst, is about to endanger his repntation )y appearing upon the lecture platform. Those high in anthority at Washingn say that the war tax has come to stay. As the war is over we shonld change onr marmer of speech and cali ït the Dingley deficit sinking fond tax. If ex-Senator Patton is not rich enough to be a U. S. senator in his own right he shonld organize a syndicate to put np the money and become oint owners with him in the title. . ] As Mr. Hanna would say: "This is a Dusiness way to look at a business proposition. ' ' And, in the ineantime, it will be well for those who are inclined to wager filthy locre upon the outcome of ;he senatorial contest to avoid all en:angling engagements antil they have heard trom Sky Olds. As a dealer in 'straight tips," Mr. Old's reputation is unsnllied. Mr. Hanna and Mr. Dingley do not quite agree upon the quéstion of revenne. Mr. Hanna is troubled with ;he notion that the Dingley bill is not quite up to snnff, while, naturally enough Mr. Dingley thinks it's the only ihoronghbred blood socker on the beach. But it will be remembered that Mr. Hanna's experience in raising revenue has been of a somewhat different nature from that of Mr. Dingley. While Congressman Sam Smith is working up a disposition among his constituents to swap chattels with the far away Cubans, Congrssman Henry C. Smith is quietly nursing the infant fish in the Northville hatchery and Congressman William Alden Smith has his eyes fixed on that seat of Bnrrows' with a far away expression therein, the country can safely regard the Smith question as settled for the time being and turn its attention to more serious problems. "Oh, of course they can bust us up, but it is likely we will reorganize at the next meeting and provide against any hostile legislation or adveïse judicial decisión," said a railroad magnate at Saginaw the other day. And he put the case concisely. If the laws don 't suit the convenience of the railway managers they make arrangements to evade them. The citizen who conspires to viólate the laws of the state js prosecuted as a criminal. The corporation manager who is successful in this direction is called a[financier and his salary is raised. And yet they wonder why the people are hostile to corporations which in themselves . are useful servants of the public. The American League of Republican College Clubs which met at Indianapolis last week declared it to be a cardinal[principle of the organizaton to. secure the right of suffrage to students wherever they may be attending school. While the realization of this purpose of the young men who compose the league will not be encompassed while the citizens of the several states preserve a just recognition of each others rights, it is not, however, without interest to the people of Ann Arbor where such a policy would place in the hands of several hundred young men without local ties, interests or concerns; the power to domínate municipal government. That, this would work rank injustice to the citizens of Ann Arbor goes without saying. That the denial of the privilege of voting in college towns work, an injustice to student voters is not true. As well say that the yöuth under 21 years of age is unjustly denied the right of suffrage as to say that the student is wronged because he is not allowedjto vote in college towns until he has brought himself within the qualifications of an elector. The student is not deprived of the right to vote in Michigan. The state constitution preserves to him intact his f ormer residence while pursuing studies at any institution of learning. It is a just and an equitable regulation and the League of College Republican Clubs could be engaged in much better business than demurring against such salutary restrictions. Monday's dispatches contained the information that the administration had offered Spain $20,000,000 for the Phillipines and to waive all claims for national or personal inrlemnity on account of the Cuban insurrection. The proposition to buy the privilege of civilizing eight or nine millions of restive savages will not strike the average American as a very good bargain for your Únele Samuel. If we have, any business with the Phillipines it must be on the ground that the Spanish government is not capable of governing them in a manner conforminglfo the demands of modern civilization. Spain should not be rewarded for her iucompetency. Rather should she pay us for taking a contract which she could not fulfill off her hands. If we pay 000,000 f or the islands that snm will be paid by the people who produce the wealth froin which taxes are paid in ths country. The big trading corporafcions will reap the benefit. If we take the islands let us do so, not upon the gronnd of commercial necessity, but upon the higher ground of a larger humanity. But the proposition to waive claims for personal indemnity involves a more serious danger to the national treasury. Many Americans were interested in the tobáceo and sugar industries of Cuba before the oubtreak of the insurrection. Millions of property has been destroyed durin'g the three years of turmoil which has ensued since that date. The moment this government assumes tbe responsibility of the insurgents congress will be flooded with claims for indemnity which will tax the resources of the treasury to meet. Some one is going to plant a foot in it before this business is settled.