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Parent Issue
Day
21
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The city clerk's office was crowded last eveniug at a very large tneetiug of the committees for the reception of Co. A, and those pieseut were for seeing that the Ann Arbor Light Infantry shoold take posession of the armory nnder the ternis of its lease with Mr. E. P. Cook. The followiDg resolutiou was unauimously adopted: Resolved, that theconiruitteeconsiting of the civil board, Mayor Luick aud J. E. Beal take steps to hold the legal lights to the armory. This resolnticn was offered by George J. Halier, after a general talk had been indulged in over the report of the coinmittee who had been appointed to see Mr. Cook and see what steps could be taken to secure possession of the armory building, whicb Mr. Cook had turued iuto a livery stable, in time to receive the, company in it ou their return. The committee reported that Mr. Cook's only offer was that be would sell the armory building for f3,800 and would dónate POO of the purchase price. In order to understand the situation, it inight be well to state that the lease to the armory was made betvveen Mr. Cook as the party of the first part and Ross Granger as captain of the Ann Arbor Light Infantry, Co. A. , M. N G. , as party of the second part and runs until December of this year with the privilege of 10 years more. The rent is payable on July 15 and Jan. 15 of each year. The rent was paid up until last January and the nest payment was uot due until next July. After the compauy left Ann Arbor the state kept up the allowance of 8300 for reut and $100 for fuel and care of arms, sendiug the ainount to Mr. Cook as payrnent of the rental. In January the quarterm aster general notified him that the state wouJd pay no more rent aud Mr. Cook took possession of the building. The leases formerly were m ade out to the state, but the lease in queetiou was for $100 a year more than the state allowed for rental and was therefore signed by Ross Granger as captain of the Light Infantry. The contention is made that as Oapt. Granger never threw up the lease anc no rent was due, Cook had no right to take possesion and no letter frorn the quarter niaster general could confer any authority upou him to take pos session as the state did not rent the building. A corurnittee waited upon Mr. Cook Monday to see if he woulc vacate the armory íq time so that it could be fitted up before the return of the compauy. This he declinect to do but made an offer to sell whch was reported to last night's meeting. The committee after last night's meeting notified him that they had been in structed to commence proceeding against him to recover the armory and spent two hours with him this morn ing endeavoring to arrive at some amicable understanding It is pro bable that they vvill have a report to make at the meeting of the genera coinmittees next Friday evening. At the meeting of the general com mittee last night all the various sub committees asked for further time as al arrangemeuts and raising of f unds were largely dependent upon the outcome o: the armory euibroglio. There was considerable interesting discnsssion on the subject of medals their price, size and material and i seemed to be the consensus of opinión that the members of the Ann Arbor Light Infantry and the other Ann Arbor boys wbo had served in the war shonJd be given medals. The committee ou medals was given further time to report. It was etated that Ypsiljnti was makiug preparations to outshine the Ann Arbor celebratiou and the Ypsilanti oouncil had appropriated 200 to help along the celebration there but this did not seem to worry the corumittee auy. Consideraole enthusiasm was shown at the meeting and after its aajournmant to meet again Friday evening, they gathered in groups to discuss the situation.