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The democratie city ticket goes into the field this spring with excellent prospects of success. It is a good ticket. Gottlob Luick has a reputation asa honest, hard headed business man, with sound common sense ideas, which commend him to the voters of the city. He has had wide experience in municipal affairs and will make an excellent mayor. H. D. Merrithew is in every way competent to fill the office of city clerk and will devote his whole time to it. Herman Hutzel is a man of mature judgment and good knowledge of values, a good man at figures, and would make a good assessor. William G. Doty is a lawyer of ability who has all the qualifications necessary to make a good justice as he made a good mayor. The people now have before them the candidates of the two parties for the various city offices. Both tickets are composed of good citizens, men who will serve the city well in the respective offices no matter which ticket is elected. Ann Arbor is essentially a well governed city and will compare more than favorably with otlier cities of its class. The diversity of elements in our population causes some apparently irreconcilabledifferencesof opinionsas to what our city government should be, but in its practical operation it is undoubtedly a good average of the public opinión of the city: A government by majority can not be expected to be what the most en'lightened public opinión demands or what the lowest sentiment might wish. It will necessarily be a sort of general average. Judged by the standard of popular government Aan Arbor city is well governed. Why are the express and telegraph companies allowed to continue to defy the law in the matter of the war stamp tax? Why is not the law enforced against thern in the same as it is against private individuals and business concerns ? What influence has the corporations with the courts which individuals and private business concerns have not ? Our courts are too near to the great corporations and trusts and much too far away from the people. There is need for such a policy as Henry Watterson outlines in the tourth article of his new democratie platform I which reads as follows: "Such a reorganization and reform of our judicial system as will remove the courts further from the influence of the rkh and make them more accessible to the poor - a result not to be reached by excited appeals and revolutionary menaces, but by calrn, conservative methods, originating in the benign and orderly operations of an enlightened public opinión." Next Monday the voters of the 22d jndical district, composed of Washtenaw and Monroe connties, will have the important duty of selectiug a circuit judge for the eusuing six years. The democrats have made an excellent nomination for this higly important position, a nomination thafc ought to be ratified at the polls. The de:nocratic raominee, Hon. Martin 3. Cavauaugb, iias attained a high positiou at the bar of Was-htenaw connty, entirely tbrongh his own efforts and as a result of his own independent study aud research. He was not torn with the traditional silvQr spoon in hi& mouth.' but had to meet eveo adversity thafc nan beset a yo.ang man of limited meaus aud high ambifcions. He made his own way through our great university and stood high iu every brancb of bis work. In the practice of his profession he lias shown the same zeal aud ability that characterized all his foriner endeavors. Tbe dernocrats of tbis district owe a plain dnty to Mr. Cavanaugh. He did iiot seek the uoniinatiou, aud even refused it whon first tendered to him. Bat yielding to the earnest reqnests of democrats froni all over the district be finally consented to accept the nominatioü. Mr. Cavanaugh did tbe party splendid service as chairman of the democratie county committee for the past few years. The democratie victory of last fall in old Wasbtenaw was very largely due to his efforts. Witb his íine record both as a lawyer and a citizeu, witb his loyalty aud devotioo to the party that hai nonrinated him, Mr. Gavauaugh eau justly expect aud should receive tbe support of every loyaj demoorat iu this judicial district. We feel certain that the demoerats of this circuit will stand by tbe muu who bas always stood by theni. Their support will be substautially reiuforced by the suffrages of rnacy voters of other parties who have beeu attracted to Mr. Oavanaugh because of his worth, his ability and his broad-mindedness. His friends are not confiued to his own party, as the vote on eleetion day will no doubt show. Mr. Cavauaugh bas had years of experience in his choseu profession. If elected will come to the bench fresh from active practice aud iu the very prime of aotive life. He will enter upon the discharge of his duties, ■with one single aim ; that of doiug eqnal and exact justice to allow who may come before him. All that is necessary to secure his eleetion is that the democrats of the 22d judicial district shall do their plain duty at tbe polls next Monday. If they do, it will he JndgeCavanaugb, and no voter who bas aided in bringing about tbe result will ever have reason to regret his action ; for the peopie of Washtenaw and Monroe counties will be assured of a oonscientious, able and impartial aischarge of the dnties of the highest positiou withiu their gift.