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Threw Out The Northfield Delegation

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Tbat a repnblican county conventiou was to be held in Ánn Arbor was in ■vidence Wednesday when delegates from the country commenced to arrive. ÏEarly yesterday their ntimber increased also the ardor of the many qniet little confabs that were held on street corners and in .offices. It was evident ihat the convention was regard ed1 as of more than ordinary importance and ■perhaps decided the future supremacy in county politics. Be it as it may there was very much restrained feeling. The lobby ofthe'court house presented a most animated scène. From inan to man was pressed the question how is it jioing. It was some minutes af ter 11 o'clock before County Chairman Buttertieldjcalled the convention to order in the coart room. He said it gave him trreat pleasure in carrying out the wishes of the county committee by calling Hon. E. P. Allen to the chair. Mr. Allen took the chair and made au eloquent appeal for harrnony. He ■said: "Mr. Chairman, fellow repnblicans and I will even includejjthe demo.rats standing np agaiust the walls,' (laughter), "it is no mean honor to preside even temporarily over any political couvention. In alljconventions of the people are the foundation stones of future legisiatioii. Therefore no good citijoen would thoughtlessly do anything regardless of party that was not for the best intercsts of his country. You and I represent the republican party of the ounty and we should rise above all personal feeling and faction. If we 'oelieve tbö republican party was best for the county we should stand by that party. When I cannot agree with my party I will leave it. As long I can fcanct by the maiu principies of the'party I,will standjby it. It don't pay to have factions. We can't afford to tomahawk any one. , Wecan't afford to have two wings of tho great republican party. If we have six men in one wing and one on the other, the great bird of freedom will list. I prefer to be pretty near ?,he center or near the breast boni'. Our. duty -today is to elect 19 delegates to the state convention to be held Mare h 1, in Jackson, a Jschool commissioner for tbo connty and 19 delegates to the judicial convención. Of course it isjexpected bat our Monroe brethreu will acquiese'iu the choice of the leurnedjjudge now on the bench. " On motion of Peter Lehman G. Frank Allruendinger was made temporary ■■ecretary of the convention. On motion of Hon. George S. Wheeler, a commitcee of five were appoiuted on credentials. They were: Hon. George S. Wheeler, Salem; A. J. Waters, Manchester; Joseph Jedele, Lodi ; John Ziegler.jAnn Arbor; D. C. Batchelder, Ypsilanti. Although H. G. Prettyman was first on his feet, Depaty Railroad ComTiiissioner Judson secured the eye of the chairmau. On his motion a committee of five on permanent organiation and order of business was appointed anc oonsisted of A. F. F-reeman, Manhestor; J. L. Gilbei-t, Chelsea; H. G. Prettyman, Ann Arbor, and William Campbell, Pittsfield. On motion of Peter Lehman thej following committee on resolutions were ippointed : viz : Peter Lehman, Anu Arbor : B. F. Savery, Ypsilanti; S. S. Bibbins, Augusta; P. W. Carpenter, Ypsilanti, and J. H. Fisb, Saline. Archie Wilkinson, Ohelsea; Fred Freeman, Manchester, and John Raw son, Augusta, were appointed tellers. All of the parties named were then sworn to do their duty by Hon. A. J Sawyer. The couvention then adjourned tintil 1 o'clock p. va.. It was nearly á o'clock before Temporary Chairmau Allen called the con vention to order. The music of the day started with the report of the com mittee on credentials. Chairman Wheeler reportd S19 delegates legally ■entitled to be seated in the convention. He further reported that the com tnittee unanimously rejected the credentials of the delegates from Northfield a -üo oancus hadjbeen held and they were not legally elected. Hon. A. J. Sawyer remarked that he recollected when the distingnished ientleman had represented his township under the same circumstances. He iïrove in on a wagon and brought in two or three neighbors and they formed a -delegation, no caucus having been called, and' they were petmitted to sit on th onvention. He therefore moved to amend the report by admittingjthe dele arates of Northfield. Mr. Wheeler becarae hot at the intiinátion as regareis the tovwiship of Salem, so far as his meinory went it was false. He defied the gentleman to produce the evidence that Salem ever carne down in the marmer described, since the law requiring cancuses to be held in a certain manner was passed. Ifc might have been years ago bef ore the law was adopted. The Northfield delea;aes had nothing to show. The question was whether the Northfield caucus had been held -ander the law. He understood that in Northfield three men were there and went away and the men that came here to the convention -were prejudiced in favor of a certain clique. Were they going to establish a orecedent. If the republicans of Northfield did not ta&e enough interest to útend a cancus they should aot be represented. Frank E. Jones said it was worth something to be a republican in Northiield or Lodi. He did not think they should be exclnded becanse there were not enough at the canens to fill the offices. , Andrew Campbell said the committee had done perfectly right -onder the =ritote, but he thought now that the convention had power to receive the dele.-?ates. A. F. Freeniau, of Manchester, thought differently. If the committee ■.-onld not recommend the delegates of Northfield, it followed logically that -the convention could not receive them. It was far reaching in its consequences if this precedent was eistablished. J. C. Knowlton said he was surprised that Mr. Freeman laid down the proposition that the conevution had not the power to receive delegates. It was a principal that all bodies like that were the jndge of their own members. Cfthe proposition of Mr. Freeman must be swallowed why were they here. He was pained that the fair minded man that he knew so well and loved so much should object and claim that the]delegation from Northfield represented a cerr.-iin clique. If there was one clique it meant there were two. Would this „'entleman have beeD 30 solicitious if the Northfield delegates had represonted his clique. Mr. Wbeeler said he had only stated the facts. Some very foolish ïrguments had been aiade. He did not know if it was not a scheme to spring ■on the convention certain delegates to represent certain interests. A. O. Schumacher, of Ann Arbor, asked what would be the effect if there were two contesting delegations. If they adjourned the convention for a short time they could probably find another delegation. Emory Leiand, of Northfield, said he wanted to state the facts. The ■caucus was legally called five clays bef ore the convention in the town hall for ■3 o'clock p. m. There were only two men present as overybody was away at Whitmore Lake cutting ice. The two men agreed upon the delegates and that they would,fill np the credentials when they came to Ann Arbor. They (Continuud on Fifth Page.) G. O, P.J1VENTI0N (Continued from First Page.) (lid not belong to auy cliqne, they had do rings in their uoses. No one from Salem or Aim Arbor catne over to them aud said tfaey mtist have a delegation no matter what it cost. Mr. Sawyer aaid he was not offended at any man for not agreeing with him. He remeaibered when the chairmau of the convention aud himself were contesting in a republieau conventiou. Mr. Wheeler carne witb a deJegatiou nnder similar circumstances. The delegation was allowed to be seated. The general rnle in case of a coutesting delegation was to split the delegatious and thciu Loth seats. Mr. Sawyer then prooeeded to analize the oredentials and show how irregular tbey were. He oalled attention to what he termed the God and morality ward, the Sixth warcl in Ann Arbor. ïhere was Iris friend Johnson who couid rnn the ward wben he desired to. There was the townships of Lyndon. The eancus had been called for 7 o'clook, and when mauy republicans appeared, they were told the oancns had elected delegates. These were admitfed. When Mi. Sawyer read tüe certifícate from Salem, Mr. Wheeler semed qtute annoyed. The credentials from Northfield, said Mr. Sawyer, on thcir face appeared more regular tban those from Salem. The Nórthfield certifícate eontained all that was reqüired. He asked if they wabted to go back of the returns--. Mr. Sawyer's motiou to amend the report of the committee so as to admit the Northfield delegates was then put. The ch airman decided that the rnotiou seemed to have carried. Mr. Wheelei ealled for a división to vrhich Mr. Sawyer objeeted as the resnlt had been annonnced. Considerable confnsiou arose and after the chairman once thought the motion lost, on motiou of Deputy Railroad Commissioner Judsou, a ballot was taken. Many delegates bad to ask for an explanation of v bat was being vote'd upon. At last the tellers anuouuced the vote which was 105 yes, 112 noes, 1 blank. Mr. Judson from the committee on permanent organization and order of business read a long report in so low a tone that many could not hear it. H. G. Prettyman tried to get in a minority report which the ehairman wonld uot entertain. On motion of Mr. Freemau the report was adoped with a whoop. A. J. Sawyermade an impassioned speech before the convention during which he said : "There is a gentleman in the convention who wants to aidun removing the uuiversity to Detroit." sheriff Judson sbouted from the floor: "That's a falsehood. There is not a grain of truth in it. It's false as heil." Hod. A. J. Sawyer said there was already $25,000 raised in Detroit towards securing the reinova-1 of the university there. John F. Lawrence, de klaring hiruself for Col. Dean, raised a point of order which took Mr. Sawyer from the floor. Prof. Springer camè to the reseñe with the following resolntion which was unanimoxisly adopted. ''The republicans of Washtenaw in convention assembled believing that faithful officials should be rewarded by a renomination, hereby instrnct the delegation from this connty to the state conveníion to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the reuomination of Col. Henry S. Dean a regent of tin; university of Michigan. They also instruct the delegation from thiscounty to the judicial convention to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the renomination of Hon. Edward D Kinne as circuit judge for. the 82d judicial circuit. " The ballot for delégate at large resulted John F. Lawrence, 131, Henry P. Glover 83, Johnson, 1. In the first district Judson had thiugs all nis own way. A resolution was passed that Judson should name the delegates.. Tbis he did as follows: William Judson, O. E. Butterfiekl, Chas. E. Hiscock, P. J. Lehman, George S. Wheeler, Emanuel Jedele, H. S. Holmes, A. W Wilkinson and Henry Schieferstein. The second district delegates are A. F. Freeman', Grove Rouse, A. C. Hathaway, John Lawson, Frank Creech, E. P. Allen, W. M. Osborn, Frank Galpin, Matthew Keeler. A. J. Sawyer was named as delégate at largo to the judicial conventicn. The names of the delegates to the district couvention were selected by a committee, consisting of A. F. Freeman, D. C. Griffin, John F. Lawrence and Chas. E. Hiscock. The district delegates were as follows : First district - John Lawrence, Chas. E. Hiscock, Franfc Jones, Frank Stevens, Etnery Leiand, James Gilber, Robt. Walker, Arlington Guerin, Andrew Brann. Seeoud district - D. C. Griffin, A. F. Freeman, E. P. Allen, Herbert V. Childs, J. K. Campbell, Mortimer Raymond, James P. Bemis, Geo. Burkhardt, Chas. Gauntlett. The delegation to the state eonventiou was instructed to use all honorable means to secure the nomination of Claudias B. Grant for justice of the supreme court. Dr. Boone, of the Ypsilauti Normal, placed in nominutiou Wm. N. Lister, of Saline, the present school cornrnssioner and he was unanimously reuomiuated.