New is the time for the people of th city to show their patriotism by re sponding promptly to the project o pnrehasing the armory for the soldie boys. The project is a most wortb one and it is hoped the public spirite people will heartiiy respond. The boy will be back to Ann Arbor very soon and nnless soniething is done and at once the company will have no home to go to. Every body is proud of the company and there is no better way to show this appreciation than by making the organizatiou a gift of a fine armory. It will cost bnt $3,000, and in a city with the wealth and patriotic spirit of Ann Arbor it onght not to be at all difficult to raise this snm. Several hnndred dollars have been pledgd already and a comrnittee is out actively pnshing the good cause. This is a labor of love and it should not be allowed to extend over too much time, but should beclosed up promptly ïhe exigleucies of the case require, if anything is to be done, that it shall be done with dispatch. Let your patriotism therefore take a material tnrn iu this instance and thns show the boys on their home coming that their response to conntry's cali is snbstantially apprecated by those -who remained at home. And now coiné the antis and propoae to investígate the state military department. The idea is to make a report which wiil break the back of Gen. "White and the whole Pingree push. It could be shown no donbt that the expenses of the military department for pnrchases were larger than necessary. Bnt that is already well understood and, if it were established by au inevestigation, nothing wonld ever come of it It is not proposed in good faith. The whole thing is a pot and kettle flght and without any farther , significan ce. That was a nice scène in the house at Lansing yesterday, when at the corumand of "Sky" Olds, issued over a telephone, the house reconsidered its action of the day previous in taking the Michigan Central charter r6peal Wil away from the committee on railroads. When "Sky" said it wouldn't do that it most go back, the members feil over each other in their eagerness to line themselves on "Sky's'' side. Who says "Sky" has lost his grip? Another bloody skirmish has occnrred in the Philippines in which the American forces loose six killed and 43 wonnded. Among the killed are a colonel and a lieutenat and four privates. The conflct resulted as they all do, in the rout of the Filipinos who lef t 13 dead in the trenches. The significant fact in all the fighting is that the Filipinos are cansing the Americans to pay dcarly for all the gronnd they gain. According to recent report Speaker Thomas B. Reed has rnade np his raind to drop politics and enter a law firin in New York city with his incorne guaranteed at at least $50,000. Reed has been a large figure in American politial affairs for inany years. Tha he is a rnar of great ability no one veil deny. Iu raany ways he has made strong speaker, bnt there was too muci of the Czar in his methods to ruake hirn the best presiding officer for a delibera tive body. He had gathered practical ly all the power of the house into hi own hands. And iu many instances h used it most arbitiarily. In doing thi he sometimes rendered the country good service but he deprived the hous of its deliberativo functions. Mor than once he bronght his own party followers to the verge of rebellion by his acts and nothing but the severes party discipline kept them in line Notwitbstanding all this and th farther fact that there was no lov between hirn and the administration he could have easily won the speaker ship again. Those who disliked him feared him. He was not in accor with the administration's policy of expansión and his withdrawal at this time will not be regretted in these circles. His retirement from politics, if he does retire, will apparently indícate that his long time ambition to be president of the United States has disappeared or that he considers it impossible of realization. The fact is he is too able a man, with a public record too long and too many enemies, and with an individuality too strongly marked to permit of his reaching that position. It is understpod that during his public career he ha not been a money saver. His retire ment from politics will no doubt b greatly to his financial advantage His ability will certainly commaii large fees in the law. Now that the snpreme court of th United States has settled for all tim the qnestiou of the right of a state t compel a railroad company to se! mileage at a rate below the maximum which the company is permitted t charge, the only way for the state t secure a lower passenger tariff is by re ducing the maximum rate. The cour holds that the state has the right t fix maximum rates unless it is hamp ered by contracts. Probably thi would expemt the Michigan Centra from any reduction of maximum The other roads of the state no doub conld be brought to a two cent rate But in all probability the only way t reach the Michigan Central is through a repeal of it-s charter. On Thnrsday the senate passed a bil redncing the legal rate of interest from six to five per oentand the permissable contract rate from eight to aeven per cent. This is a move in the righ direction. The rate has been tending downward for some time, the inevitable result of the decrease of profit from Dusiness. Most lines of business are realizing less profits today than a few years ago and there is no prospect of a return to the profits of those days. It is jroper, therefore, that the legal rate of interest should come down. The ndency of lower interest is to stimuate new business enterprises. Indications now are that the good oads ameudment and that relative to an additional circoit judge for St. Clair lave carried and tbose relative to a tate printing office and a conrt of appeals have been defeated. The state is ortnnate to have escaped the rat hole f expense, a state printing office. ?he intermediate conrt will come in ime no donbt, but it scarcely seems hat it is necessary now. The snpeme conrt ought to attend to the business if it'gives the amount of time o the work the state has the right to emand of its jndges. Senator McMillan thinks it will not be impössible to seat Boss Quay in the enate on the appointment of Gov. Stone. He admits that while all preedents are against it, certain exigncies may nevertheless demand it.