From Friday's Daily Argus. The drip basins of the sewerp on Mainst., have been cleaned out today. At the corner of Williams over three feet of sand and dirt was found. Thomas Wesley, five weeks old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cochran, of Brooks st. , died yesterday. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock. The laborers, excavating the cellars, for the new stores being built by Ex-County Treasurer Rehfuss on S. Ashley st., find the frost has penetrated the ground to a depth of four and one-half feet. The thirty page pamphlet by Rev. Joseph H. Crooker, of this city, entitled, "A Plea for Sincereity in Religious Thought," though published only two months ago,has reached a circulation of nearly 20,000 copies. Andrew Reule, of E. Washington st., has received a letter from his sons, Adolph and Otto, dated January 10. It was written on the banks of the Copper river, in Alaska. They were well, although the thermometer stood 39 degrees below zero. They were seven miles away from their destination. The country through which they passed was some of the worst in Alaska, and they have had great difficulties to over come. Phoenix lodge, No. 13, F. and A. M., of Ypsilanti, held a lodge of sorrow last evening in memory of departed members of the organization. In addition to the regular ritualistic work, addresses were delivered as follows: Grand Master Frank T. Lodge, "The memory of the dead:" H. W. Newkirk, of Ann Arbor, "The lesson we learn;" A. J. Sawyer, of Ann Arbor, "The wisdom of ancient brethern;" Capt. E. P. Allen, "Recesional." A procession of eight teams today passed through the city conveying 17,000 feet of pine lumber" to be used in the construction of a barn, to be built by J. Michael Kaercher, of Scio. The lumber was furnished by C. A. Sauer & Co. It was sawed at Grayling, Crawford county. The farmers whose teams composed the procession were J. Michael Kaercher.Crawford county, Emanuel Frey, George Reichert, Jacob Reichert, Fred Jedele, Adolph Jedele, George Aprill and William Kaercher. The annual Ypsilanti high school oratorical contest held last evening in high school was won by Lewis L. Forsythe on the oration, "Our nation's destiny." The second prize was captured by Guy Clark, who spoke on "John Brown." Other contestants were: Miss Nina Howard, "A raan's a man for a' that;" Miss Jean McKay, "The white man's burden;" Foster Ostrander, "American education." Forsythe wilt represent Ypsilanti in the coming annual contest of the State High School Oratorical association. Judge Kinne granted two degrees in chancery today. In the case of Frederick H. Belser, trustee complainant vs. Wolverine Lodge, No. 197, Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the village of Milan, the sum of $684.19 is declared due and the sum of $2000 with 7 per cent. due February 1, 1899. E. B. Norris is the solicitor for the complainant. In the other case, of Edwin A. Farrington as administrator of the estate of Sasan E. Farington complainant vs. Albert F. Balland Lucy Ball defendants, the decree was for the amount due and order of sale. Peter Kelly and Rosa Kelly, of Northfield, by their solicitor, Arthur Brown, have filed a bill in chancery against Patrick Gallagher asking for an accounting of a note and mortgage and the right to pay the balance and redeem the note and mortgage. The complainants say they borrowed February 9, '84, $2.950. They allege they have paid Patrick Gallagher $4600, and if there is anything further due they are ready to pay it, that the said defendant refused to come to any manner of account with your orators or to discharge said indenture of mortgage of record or to deliver up said note for cancellation." Frota StrtttnUy's Daily Argus. Charles Kalmbach.of Northfield, died this morning at 10 o'clock. He was 6o years of age. He leaves a wife and seven children. Adam Goetz has withdrawn from the race for alderman on the republican ticket in the second ward and has been put on for supervisor. John Haeussler a well known farmer, of Sharon, was severely hurt on Monday by his team running away and wrecking a load of poles. Carpenters are at work putting in the office arrangements of the Sanitary Milk Co., on N. Main st. The company is considerably annoyed by a delay in the shipping of its machinery. Robert Scott who is charged with stealing a bicycle from Scholl's bicycle livery on February i6th has been captured. He was passing under the aliases of Geo. Rafferty and Wm. Thompson. The organ recital by Frederick Archer in the choral union series has been postponed to Thursday evening, April 27. This change of date is made necessary by a street car accident which temporarily disabled Mr. Archer. At a meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science at Ypsilanti next Wednesday, Professor Asaph Hall, jr., of the University of Michigan, will read a paper on Variations of Latitude Observations at the Detroit Observatory. There are 222 persons in the faculty of the University of Michigan of whom 61 are professors, 7 junior professors fifty-six of this number have taken the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, 16 of these degrees being from foreign universities. The various nations were well represented at last night's republican city convention, in the delegates from the 3rd ward. There were 21 delegates and among them there were Greeks, Jews, Irish, Germans, Americans and Africans. George Spathelf, the butcher lost another valuable horse this morning. The animal was found in the stall with a leg broken, necessitating its being killed. About two months ago he lost another horse in the same way. He does not know in either case how the accident happened. The loss of the two horses is no inconsiderable one to Mr. Spathelf. A dispatch from Pleasanton, Kas., last evening states that there is great excitement prevailing there over a rich strike in a zinc mine there. This is of interest to Ann Arbor people, as one of the chief busines men of the city is Fred Wagner, son of the late John Wagner of W. Washington st. Mr. Wagner formerly held the office of mayor and is president of the bank. Mrs. Fannie G. Bailey, wife of Isaac Bailey, of Northfield, died of pneumonia yesterday, aged 70 years and 19 days. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at her late residence. Her husband and six sons, Myron of Salem, Dr. Charles Bailey and Frank Bailey of Ionia, Nelson of Iosco county, Albert of Northfield and Gilbert of Benzonia county survive her. Tickets for Sousa's band concert will be on sale on and after eight o'clock, Saturday morning, April 1, at E. E. Calkins on State st., and H. J. Brown on S. Main st., at which time and places seats may be reserved. Persons are warned against purchasing tickets of any other persons, as these are the only authorized places. Prices will be 50c, 75c and $1.00 which includes reserved seats. Jacob Beutier, of Pittsfield, was the first man to make a contract with the Ann Arbor Chicory Co. He has agreed to plant two acres. The company up to last evening secured 40 acres. Everyone interested should call at the company's office at Heinzmann & Laubengayer on W. Washington st. , at once at the present outlook indicates that the avereage will be contracted for within a very short time. The annual meeting of the Ladies Home Missionary society of the First Presbyterian church was held yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Jennie Cheever, president of the society in the chair. The annual report of the treasurer, Mrs. Lucy Parker, showed that in the past year $183 had been contributed to the general fund, $50 to the freedman, $57 in goods to Mrs. Harding's school for colored people at Little Rock, Ark., and $4.75 to the contingent fund. The old officers were re-elected. They are Mrs. Jennie Cheever, president; Mrs. Lucy Parker, treasurer; and Miss Ella Hill, secretary. Mrs. Mac Carroll was elected delégate to the meeting of the Presbytery to be held at Howell, April 5 and 6. From Monday's Daily Argus. At a special meeting of the council held Saturday evening William Hem, George L. Moore and . H. G. Prettyman were appoinjed as members of the board of election commissioners. Dr. Guy Laraway, of Ann Arbor, is our new physician, with his office at Fuqua's drug store. Doctor, we extend to you a welcome hand and wish you a world of success. - Paris correspondence Big Rapids Herald. The Adrian Telegram is authority for the statement that the old frand Railroad Jack will attend the Schoolmasters Club in Ypsilanti.' If his stories about beating his way are true, which they are not, he should be locked up. The attachment in the case of Webster Cobb & Co. vs. Helen F. Evans, of Ypsilanti, was this morning dissolved by Circuit Court Commissioner Murray. J. Willard Babbit represented Webster Cobb & Co., and A. J. Sawyer, Helen F. Evans. The chancery case of Caroline Esh vs. Henry Esh has been discontinued upon the defendant paying gioo alimony and $56.40 costs. A. f. Waters represented the complainant and A. F. and F. M. Freeman the defendant. Miss Frances Caspary will sing at the concert to be given in Germania hall on April 3. Miss Caspary has a fine soprano voice and is one of the best singers in the city. Her many triends will be pleased to know that she is to take part in the concert. The teachers in the sevving school will be glad to see their friends in their rooms over the Courier block next Saturday afternoon at three o'clock. Any one having children's papers and magazines will make us happy if they send them to our school. The remains of W. W. McOmber, of St. Augustine, Fla., arrived over Michigan Central today and were taken to his relatives No. 431 E. University ave. They will be placed in the vault in Forest Hill cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Mr. McOmber was 41 years of age. A. H. Herron, formerly of this city, the editor of the Northville Star has resold the paper to its former owner. Mr. Herron was formerly an alderman and later appointed marshal of the city of Ann Arbor. Since leaving the city he has been making his home in Owosso and Flint. The funeral services of Charles Kalmbach, of Northfield, will be held tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock at his late residence and at 2 o'clock in Zions church in Ann Arbor. Mr. Kalmbach was born in Ober Lichen Ober Amt Stuttgart, Wuertenberg, Germany. He came to Washtenaw county in 1842. He was 60 years, 1 month and 25 days old. In the probate court today Judge Newkirk granted letters of administration to William Walsh, of Ann Arbor, in the estáte of Johanna Maloney, John L. Smith in the estáte of Samuel Johnson; Charles Kingsley, of Salem, in the estates of George W. Nelson and Mary Nelson. The will of Betsey Gates, of Ypsilanti, was admitted to probate and Henry P. Glover appointed executor. The funeral services of Mrs. Maria J. Kelly, widow of Daniel R. Kelly, No. 809 Lawrence st., will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in St. Andrews church. Mrs. Kelly died Saturday afternoon aged 77 years. She fell and broke her thigh three months ago and was taken to the University hospital. Her limb was successfully set; but owing to her advanced age her general health was impaired and she could not rally from the shock. The Ann Arbor Chicory Co. has received a lot of hand cultivators to be used in raising the erop, which can be seen at the office of the corapany on W. Washington st. Two solicitors for acreage Edward Laubengayer and Lester Sweetland started out this morning to interview farmers. It will be important for the farmers to decide quickly,as the company only propose contracting for 300 acres and it has already secured one-sixth of the amount.