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Rural Mail Delivery For Ann Arbor

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Wby should not the farmers living about Ann Arbor have rural mail delivery? The Argns has several times propounded that questiou. The postmaster of Aun Arbor has been quoted as making the statement that he can get rural mail delivery if the people wanted it, and suggested that the business men of Ann Arbor did not want it. There is dut one way to gst at the opinions of the business men and that is to interview them. This the Argus has donetoday so far aa it has been able to sea them, for many were found to be out when called upon. The opinión seems to be generally favorable for free rural mail delivery. This is not surprising when it is remembered that the predictions of the croakers when free delivery was established ín this city that it would hnrt trade was found to be unfulfilled. Rural mail will not injnre trade. People will come to town and buy when they need articles and when they don 't need them they won't buy even when they do come to town and the less time spent in getting the mail in the busy seasoti of the year, the more money the farmers should have to buy witb. It wi)l be noticed that the business men are geuerally favorable to trying rural mail delivery at Ann Arbor. Those few who are seemingly opposed, appear to be rather opposed to tne government going to the expense of rural mail delivery all over the country thau to any trial of it here. But that is uot the questiou here. The government has appropriated a certaiu suin of money for experirnentiug in rural mail cielivry If not spent here it will he speut somewhere else. ïfiis beiug so shall the farmers about Ann Arbor be allowed the advantages ot free rural mail delivery? The nierohants interviewed spoke as follows: Herman J. Goetz, with John Goetz, jr., grocer : "In some cases it might be a good thing and iu some not. The farmers might want to nelgect their woi'k in waitiug for the mail." George Hildebrand, merchaut tailor: "It would enaploy more carriers. If the governmeirt ieels like spending the money and wen't tax the people fox it, all right. " G. H. Wild, merchaut tailor: "In Germany the rural free mail delivery is to groups of people living in villages, like Lima Center, uot to isolatefl farm houses. I don 't thiuk it would be as good here as there would be too much expense to the government." Michael Fritz, assistant cashier of the Aun Arbor Savings Bank: "I think very favorably of the plan. It would undoubtedly be of gruat valne to the farmers and of great convenience to the town people." Koberrt Martin, oue of the substautial farmers of the tovvuship of Superiur: "I thiuk it is allright. The farmers have just as good a right to t'ree mail delivery as the people in town. Let us have it in the country." Fred Belser, cashier of the Farmers & Mechanica Bank: "I don't see why it would uot be a guod thing. I am uot apposed to it. " Antou Teufel, lmrness maker: "1 iave nothiug against the plan. I hink it will uot bring the farmers to own as rnuch as at present, but it will not make auy difference in business oue way or another. " Ex-Sheriff Michael Brenner: "II ;biuk it would be an awful expense i and not rnuch advantage to the farmers. The farmers that need it get their mail quickly enough. I believe if it was 1 generally introduceü it wonld take ' 'rom 25 to 50 millions of dollars out of j ;he Unisted States treasury. The i jhones at present prices, are so that j ;very farmer eau have one and that is nuch more couevnient thau free rural delivery." Bx-Mayor O. G. Darling: "It's a good thing. Push it along. " J. J. Goodyear, druggist : "If there s any good aronnd give it to the armers. ïhey have had euough bad luck." D. O. Goodyear, marchant: "It wou't let the farmers come to town quite so ofteu but it will not make any differene in trade, as wheu the farmers aave something to Duy they will come anyway. '' William Wagner, retired merchant: "I thiuk it will be beneficient to everybody. ' ' Israel Kuhule, a prosperous farmer of Scio: "When the matter was first agitated I thought it would be good for ns. The farmers are worked to death and need every couveniauce. It W2ll uourish the prospenty of the countrv and no one would feel the expense." EugeueKoch: "I dout think the qustion is of much interest to us but it is to soine business men who may suffer from people not coming to town. ' ' Aid. Siinou JDieterle: "I think it is all right and we are bound to have it. " Einanuel Wauger, capitalist and retired grocer: "It is good for the farmers and buisness men." Ench Dieterle, nndertaker: "I think it would be very haudy. I have oc'ten wished Icould get a letter qnickly iuto the country." Col. Dean: "I believe it would be a good thing. Never thonght that improving mail faoilities conld injure anybody. When I went around the Horn," said the colonel, "to California, I had to pay $5, on reaching San Francisco, to get my mail. In those aays a message which is now put on a postal card, if sent from Ann Arbor to Chicago, cost 18 cents. Country is nofc growing worse by having quicker mail delivery. " Wahr & Miller: "We favor the scheme. It would bring country and city into closer relationship to their mutual advantage. " George Haller: "Have never given the matter any thonght but on general principies believe it would be a good thiug. Don't think it wonld keep farmers from the city." President Seabolt: "If the farmers want it they should have it. " Wm. C. Reinhardt: "I think it wonld be a step in advance, as free delivery iu the city has been. Do not believe it wonld keep farmers away from town or injure trade any." W. W. Wadhams: "I think it would be in line of advance, a good thing for the rural districts and nu detriment to business iu the city." L.C. Goodrich: "Havn't thought of the subject but think the conntry should have what it wants in the matter.'" J. Henne, grocer: "I am not opposed to it. It will give Home persons employment. It surely will be a couvenience for the farmers. Sq far as it being detrimental to business I dou't thiuk it will be injurious. " John Duiïy, jnstice: "I think we are out to have it. It is now beiug tried by the governmeut in au espenmental way. Those that are opposed to it are largely üoiug so under a niisapprehension. I say this because I can recullect how the business men opposed the letter carrier system. They thonght it would injure their business and the refeults show the contrary. It was the same witii the street cars that tbey thought it would keep farmers from coming to town ' and liitching their horses on Main st. Now they all know it is a good thing. " John Bennett, attornev: "It is tainly a good thing tor tbe towii, cuuntry and everybody. There is uo reason why the farmers shonld uot have as inany conveuiences as the people in town. " Fred Suhumacher, grocer: "It is fcoruething I never thought runch about. I dou't kuow why it is uot a pretty good thiug. It would not help business but it woula be a great conveuience for the couütry people. It could uot do rnuch harm as the country people must buy so inany goods auy way. " William Goetz, of Goetz & Son, grocers: "lts probably all right. If It lived in the country I vvould not objec to it." A. C. Schumacher, of the firra of Schumacher & Miller, druggists: "I don't kuow, I want to tnink it over. I thtuk it wonld be a fine idea. Mail delivery for the farmers is some times very essential, but not as much so as for the busiuess men. On first thought I do not want to favor the government going to the extra expense. Ib wonld need extra mail carriers who wonld have to be paid by the goverumeut. . " John Burg, shoe dealer: "It might be good euough for the farmers. It wonld be a big expense and I do not see where it could be very porfltable. " Fred Staebler, grocer: "It would be ' á move in the directiou of Some people claim thac not so rnauy ■ people would come to towu with rural I free mail delivery but I don't think so. I would like to see theni try it. " Theodore A. Reyer, secretary of Cuttiug, Reyer & Oo. : "I suppose it is all right. It is a great snccess in some locnlities and 1 think it is a good tning. " Albert Manu, of Mann Bros., druggists: "Can't see but that it would be a good thing. This couuty is thickly enongu popuiaten to try it. John Lindenschruitt, of the firtn of Liudenechiuitt & Apfel, clothiers: "I have not given the matter ranch attention. Where I corue frora in Germany we have the rural free mail delivery. It is certainly a success there. " Edward Wolfel, manager of the A. L. Noble clothing house: "I don't see why it is not a good thing and the farmers slionld receive the same mail faoilities as any one living in the city. " Moses Seabolt: "I don't know if it is a good thing or not. I rather think it wouldn't do any good." Walter ü. Mack : "I arn for it. It is foolish to oppose it as it is an advanue iu mail facilities Itis nonseuse to say it will mjure trade. When farmers want to buy they are going to buy. The fact that their mail is delivered to them will not prevent theii having to buy things they mast go to town to get. " Delos Davis: "lam tor it iL it will be self snstainiug. " D. F. Schairer: "Am for it if it will be self sustaining. Am in tavoi of anytbiug aud everythiug iu the mai line which will be of advautage to the people. " E. F. Mills: "So far as the business men of the city are concerned it will probably neitber advantage or disadvantage them. But it would be a great advantage to the farmers. It would keep them in uloser touch with the markets and affairs generally." Wm. Goodyear: "Good thing for the farmers. Often advantageons to busiuess men in the city also throngh the prompt delivery to farmers of important mail which now frequently lies for severa! days in home office before it is called for." Titns F. Hntzel: "I believe it a good thing for farmers and they are the ones interested. no reason why business men should kick on it. Instead of its keeping farmers away from city it will bring them in. Will make it easy to communicate with them when butter, eggs and various other things in their line are needed in a hurry. " L. (ji-runer: "Great convenience. Farmers should have it. I arn in favor of it. " H. J. Brown : "Don't appear to me to be especiaily necessary ordesirable. " Col. Thompson: "When it is made clear to me that a dog needs two tails tben I shall be convinced that free rural delivery is a good thing. It seeins to me there is no advantage in it."