In spite of ninch talk theie seeins to beno manifest gravitation of hizzescellency iu tne direction of Senator McMillan. " And now cotues Senator MoMillan and says Be never told Gen. Alger he (McMillau) wonld retire in Alger's favor. The president shonld cali a court of inquiry to rehabitate the veracity of bis secretary of war. Indioations are that "ïpsilanti is to have a trial thereabuuts of free rural mail delivery. Had the adviue of the Argus been heeded Ann Arbor probably might have had the same scherne in angnrated here. Ou account of the greater population, the vicinity of Ann Arbor wonld have been a better place fur a tnal than the vicinity of Ypsilanti. There is another hitch in the paying over of the $3,000,000 of United States money to the Cuban soldiers as had been arranged for. It is now asserted that the Cubans do not want to deposit their arms in arsenals under the control of Americans but in those under exclusive control of Cubans. Theu Gomez is said to be dissatisfied that Gen. Brooke did not approve his idea of a standing ariny of 15,000 men for Cuba. The drift of things in Cuba indicate that Uncle Sam may have to do more fighting there yet. The evacuation of the islaud by the American forces appears not to be an event ofjthe irninediate future. The petitiou of the Nebraska regiment in tüe Phihppines to Gen. McArthur, their división commander, to be withdrawn temporaríly froru the flghting line is a most touching thing. The regiment is a mot gallant oue and has done splendid flghting. For several months it has seen continual service at the front. It has but 30Ü men fit for duty having lost siuce the 2d of Feb. in killed and wounded 2ü5 of its members. One hundred and sixty of its membsrs are now on the sick list. The men say they are willing to fight but are in no condition to do so. Here is germine patriotism for yon and it is most inspiring. The splendid record of the regiment and the respectfnl tone of the petition, together with the régimen ts decimated members combine to make its appeal most tonching. An exposition is to be held in Philadelphia in September, October and November of this year, the object of which is to promote the export trade of the United States. It is the first project of the kind ever planned in this connnry. It would seetn to be a wise conception and most timely. At this time when the enormous increase of our export trade has attracted the attention of the world ta onr product ve capabilities, it eannot fail to be productive of great good. Articles of natural growth and our varied manufactured articles will be on exhibitiou, manufactured articles occupiyog fourfifths of all the exposition space. Foreign visitors will be especially looked after, shown everything about the exposition and taken to sections of onr country where they may study onr processes of cultivation and manufacture. Now it is said the president is veering round to an extra sessioii of congress. He wants to get the qnestions growing out of the annexation of territory settled before the carapaign of next year gets under way. He also desires it is said to have congress do something on the currency question before 1900. And in order to have anything accomplished this year on these important issues it wiil be necessary for congress to be convened before the regular date. As a rule congress does lit-tle before the holidays and as there will be a new speaker this trip, sorue time will necessarily be consumed in making up the committees. Li the president desires, therefore, to be able to at least report progress before the campaign is opened, he will cali an extra session. The matter will depend of course on the terminatiou of the campaign in the Philippines, but the indications now are that it is nearing its end. The news comes from Lansing that a substantial agreement has been reached by the legislature and executive relative to a law for the taxation of railways and other corporatons. I This, if trae, indicates tbat Gov. Pingree for the time being at least bas dropped his fight for the principies of tbe Atkinson bilí. It is said the new law will be in substance the Merriruau law with au increase of rates which will swell the revenue f rom this sonrce nearly a half million dollars. The important f act for the people to note in this connection is the creation and growth of sentiment iii the state during the past two years favorable to making the great corporations pay a more equitabie share of the borden of government. Had the corporations been willing two years ago to permit the rates ot taxation they are apparently now anxious to accept, there would never have been any Atkinson bill. Bnt their lobbyists who controlled tbe situation would not bear to it. The house made the rates much higher two years ago bnt the senate would have none of it and the conference committee cut them down, practically to the senate rates. The Pingree agitation has accomplished good, therefore, though the Atkinsou law does not stand. If as a result of it a half million dollars are turned into the primary school fund it will ease taxation in other directions. It will be no mean accomplishment of hizzexcellency though it is not all he fought for.