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The Nevins Bill

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For the last 22 years, every session of legislatura has witnessed.a fight over a uniform test book bilí. Tbis lepislature has jusfc repealed one that tïie people repudiatBd at the polls. A new bilí has sirnultaneously made lts appearance with the supposed attractive annex that all school books used nnder its provisions shall be published in Michigau. This is the samé scherne that was suceessfully worked in Indiana several years ago and whieh resulted in forcing iuto the schools -of that state a very inferior lot of books. When the Indiana Book Co. was forrned it had not a single book. It purchased the plates of various old obsolete books which had no sale in the open market and palrued them off ou the good people through the medium of a low price. Some of these back urnnber books, notably the old Niles geography, is still the text book the schools of that state. If any living person can give a single good reason wby all school books used in our state should be inanufactured here, he shonld be given the opportunity. It would be quite as reasouable to require that all the iiewspapers and magazines and othèr iniscellaneous books purchased by our people shonld be published in Michigan. There is nothing in snch a policy but narrowuess and mediocracy. Books a little cheaper as to price would no doubt be obtained but they would be vastly inferior in quality' if we can jodge from the experience of other etates that have tried the scheme. Our schools need the best books that can be obtained. This shonld be the chief claim for any series of books used. Having made sure that the nualty is the best, then price shonld be considered. But this shonld be wholly Becondary. Then again tliere should be do sncb tbing iu school wort as machine-like uniformity. There is stich a thing as individnality amorig persous and the sarue amoiig commnnities. The cbildren of tbis great state woald be narrowed and dwarfed by passiug thein tborngh the sanie jok! regardless of eoudifcion. They ned variety in text books as well as Yariety iu instrnctiou to iusure the best development. Thtn there is a pnblishing house vrich a lot of old text books back of this bill. These books cannot be sold iu opeu competition. The onJy hope for a market foi tliem is to work them through a nuifoimity ]av. The Kevins bilí has not a, single merit aiid the legislature vvill do well to see tliat it dies a bornin. Iu the electiou of Judge Grant, üov. Piugree ftnds pointers to enabie him to figure ont a persoual victory for hirueelf. Sometimes the politician is easily vindicated. The talk of retnrning to the Umted States treasury the 13.000,0000 promised to Gen. Gomez to pay ofE the Cnban soldiers seems to have had an early effect on the Cnban assem bly. Yesterday il voted to dissoh'e aud placed the muster rolls, refnsal to deliver whicb cansed tbe trouble, jn the hands of an executive committee 'to turn over to General Brooke. This is another good poiut in the score of Uncle Sam. The new Ana Arbor Chicory Co. is anxious to close contracts with farmers ■who will ondertake to grow chicory at once. According to the best ïnforroation obtainable there is good ruoney in ite cultivatiou. Mnch of the land abont the city is admirably adapted to it growti. Every condition seems favorable, therefore, for opening np a large, new and profitable industry here, ifthe farmers wiJl only take hold of it To the Argns tbere seems to be very little risk in making the test. Farmers are not reqnired to put out a large acreage. The Chicory Co. is ready to contract for any amount frorn a half acre np. The company agrees to pay f 6 a ton for the erop contracted for. Under snch circumstances there appears to be absolutely no risk for the growers of chickory. Apparently no more favorable opportnnity could be offered for testing a new erop and tletermining its adaptabihy and profltableiiess without loss. Therefore i t ■would seem to be to the interest of all concerued to close np contracts at once. The electiou in Chicago yesteïday in all probability projects a uew figure into uational politics. Carter H. Harrison carried the great city by ;i bandsonie rnajority notwitbstanding the effort of ex-Gov. Altgeld running on an independent ticket, to down hiin. His republican opponent is said to be a clean, able man and was espected to make a strong run, yet Harrisou beats hiru by a large majoiity. Undoubtedly Harrison bas ambitions. The Argus desires to warn the repnblican brethren of the fnssy efl'orts of a certain entity or non-entity, known as the Washtenaw Times, to break into the repnblicau fold by prolonging the bad taste in the mouth resulting from defeat of certain candidate. Trnst it not. It is fiokle changeable and inconstant. lts love for republicanism is bilt a warmed over affectiou and on the basis of "for revenue only. " It is very accommodating in certain respects, always being on at least two sides of every qnestion. It never does any good to any ca use. To be forewarned is to be forearrned. Gov, Pingree has now signed the law to recoporate the city of Ann Arbor and revising the charter so as to make it possible where a majority of the property owners along certain prescribed districts, to be designated by ordinance, desire the sprinkling to be done by the city that tbey can beaccommodated. This will force an obstinate neighborwho is not "troubled" by the dust to have the road in front of his watered the same as the property owner next to him who is thus bothered.- Evenïng Times. Isrt't our esteemed contemporary getting a little swift ? Isn'the risking something in allowing his pro phetic visión so wide a sweep ? Or is the above but a dream vagary that has accidently found its way into his news colums ? He may have a nose for news and be swift in getting it. He may be something of a prophet also, but he is certainly risking his reputation for inspiration in giving something as completed legislation thathas not as yet even been introduced into the legislature. The present Jegislature is about as uncertain as a balky horse. It has spoiled the reputation of more than one prophet. It is as changable as the chameleon. We would advise our contemporary to with draw the above statement for revisión therefore.