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The Judson Anti-judson Fight

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An interesting historical resume of the factioual fight in the repnblican party is contained in an affldavit made by the Hon. A. J. Sawyer, attached to a niotion for a change of venue in the case of Lester Canfield vs. G. Frank All inendinger. A copy of this motion was served by J. W. Bennett and A. J. Sawyer, attorneys for the defendaut, Mr. Almendinger, upon Lehman Bros. & Stivers, the attorneys for the plaintiff, just Defore noon yesterday. A change of venue is asked to Livingston or Jacksou county. The grounds on which the motion is based are that Mr. Ciufield has been deputy sheriff for four years and has had intímate personal acquaintance with the jurors; that "he lias publicly and repeatedly threatened the defendants witnesses with personal violence in case they hould appear end testify against him to the facts connected with bis yretended levy upon the personal property of oue Francis Parker. " Ihat Canfield has frequently in the public press erged bis iunocence of wrong doing Ifc is stated tbat this snit is one of a series of suits and counter suits arisiug ont of an open or bitter contest and struggle oetween certain factions of one of the political parties of the couuty and that he and[his superior in office, Williani Judson, are personally interested in the prosecution of six or more suits allgruwing out of the factional fight; that "the plaintiff joas personally exerted himself to the utmost to excite, rouse and foment a bitter quarrel within the ranks of the party fco which te professed to belong." and has misrepreented the defendant and exerted himself to wenken his iiifluence among his neighbors and friends. Further ïtasous are set up why an impartial' trial cannot be had. Mr. Allmendiuger in his affidavit sets up a history of the case. As supervior he passed upon bilis against the conoty and among such bilis was one of Mr. Canfield "for time spent and expenditures incurred upou a trip to Chicago iu search of a youug girl who had lelt her school in Kalamazoo and disappeared. " No complaint had been made agaiust the girl of tbe commission of auy offense and none was ever suggested. The then sheriff, Judson, interestd himself in the allowance of the biil. The bill ■was frequently discussed belore the board and Judson is ctoarged with causing the newspapers to print niany articles charging that politics had more to do with tiie disallowance of the bill than anything else, and that hi?, Alliiren■dingeir's, action was due to his personal ill will and antagonism towards Jndson. The affidavit continúes: "The article, for the publicatiou of which this defendant has eu-dragged-into court,1 was pnblished as a fair, just an jnstifiable criticism upon the claim of said plaintiff, as arnestly snpported by said Judson, and that oaly by a perversión of language could it be construed into a charge oí criminality; that this deponent did not chare said piadntiff with any criminal offense, bnt merely offered a fair aixl jnst eriticisrn npon his ability as a detective." He charges that Judson was the sole party interested in ■tfep bill and was the justigator of the personal attacks upon him aud tbat it is impossible to secure a jury in this connty without one or more who are uot violent partisans oí Jndson or said plaintifï and that the political party to which both Judson and Allinendinger beloug "has taken sides upon the single issue of Judaon rulfe or misrnle. " A; J. Sawyer also makes affidavit that the suit is ouly onè of a number of suits growiug of out the political difficnlties of the repnblican party in Washtenaw county. The affidavit among other thiugs says: "At the time of the election of saia Jndsq'n, aud f or j sotne time prior thereto, Wasbtenaw county, politically, j h;ul been what is called a republiean couuty. That soou .itter assuramg the duties of said office, the said Jndsou ' . gan a course of political and financal management of the affaira of his office, and of the republican party of said county, ana of tiie local affairs of the city of Auu Arbor. j and of the affairs of the republicau party of the, city of ..Ann Arbor, wbich engendered strife, auimosity and bitteruess between the members of said party, both in said city f Ann Arbor aud in the couuty of Wasbteuaw. "That upou the election held iu November,! 8 iG, the relection of the said Judson was seriously opposed by many 'republicana of said conuty. That accörding to the retoras, wbile the other county otficers running npou th; repnblican ticket in said county, except county elerk and prosecuting attorney, were elected by majorities rangmg irom 250 to 570, the said Jndson was elected, if at all, by the small majonty of 67 votes as I am iufonned. "The stinging rebuke thus administered by the repnbli■ -an party to the political methods and management of the -said Judson dirï not decrease, but in my judgment m-reased the political difficulties and widened the breach b'tweeu the fuctions of the republican party in Washtenaw ;oanty That the feeling thus engendered contmued to inteusifv aud tho electiou held in November, 1898 re-ulted in the election of the entire democratie ticket, except register of deeds, as I am also informeel. "That this feeling has become so extensive througliout the countv that iu every county republican convention that bas been called sinoe and including the convention of ISÍ1S the members of the republican conveuüons have been clivided upon the line of Judson and anti-Judson and in tfaose couventions have been representaties and aelegations irom every tnownship and ward iu the county ot WashteiiavF. in nearly every iustance." Theplaintiff, Mr. Sawyer believes was simp y an agent of William Judson and was paid by the month and that therefore Judsou has a personal interest in this snit. He cíarge. on information and belief that MJM the election of Col. Henry S. Dean and G. Fiank Allmen dinger as supervisors. He details tb. vanous inflamma tory Judson articles in the Washtenaw Times and tuL that during the controveny a large J articles on the subject were p.bhshed in the Register Oonrier and Argus. which circulated extensively through , o ut-, the connty