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Foxy Billy Judson

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Parent Issue
Day
21
Month
July
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The Ann Arbor correspondent of the Detroit Evening News, sends his paper the following of interest locally: "Ann Arbor, Mich. , July 17. - Foxy Billy Judson -when asked by the News as to how he was going to take the late manifestó of Eugene Helber, the new aspirant for the honors of "politica] boss" of Washtenaw connty, actnally winked. The Jndson wink usually meacs "the boss" is as assured of tiie flnal outeoine as if the convention bad instructed him to name the nominees for senator and representatives. "Aren't yon going to say something for pnblication?" asked the News. "No, sir. " he replied. "If I don't say anything,I won't have to deny anythine." "He'llmake Helber look like 30 i cents before he gts through with him," said oce of Bill's lieuteuants. "Congressman Smith can't afford to drop a man like Judson and nobody knows it better than Sroith. When the time comes tor naming the census enurnerators Judson will have a lot of fellows hanging around Helber hollering 'McM'.llan. ' Then Judson will fix it up with Smith all right and Smith will suggest that these fellows are pretty good McMillan raen to Helber. Helber will agree and appoiut them. The consequence is Kelber will fiud when lie has selected his 3ü enumerators for this connty that abont 20 of them will be for Alger' for senator as I soon as their ïaouth's job is done." "But abone the smoothest plan of Jndson is hiscampaign for capturing Ann Af bor for the seoretary of war. Senator McMillan tbinks ,T. Beal, the editor of the Courier, is all right and Beal seems to consider McMillan his ideal statesman. Beal owns the building now occupied by the Ann Arbor post office, for which the government has to pay more rent than for any otber like building in a town of the size in the state. When Congressman Gorman carne withiu an ace of getting an apprnpriation for a government building for Ann Arbor, whose annual revenue to üncle Sam is abcmt $38,000, it is said that Jim McMilïan's hanamer was the one which knocked the project. Beal was too good a McMiilan man. The conseqnences are that as long as McMiilan is a senator and as long as J. Beal is willing to dip into his pocket to help out the senatorial oampaign fund, Ann Arbor will never get a government building. The bondsbetween McMiilan and Beal are easily accounted for. Mr. McMiilan wants to be retained as senator and Beal wants hirn retained. "Congressman Sruith is not the most enthusiastic Beal man that ever represented this district. The Courier editor didn't sweeten the congressional kittv to any alarming extent, althongh Beal has dictated the name of the successful post office incumbent twice Committeeman Helber himself has said that all that the Beal contingent, including the postmaster himseif, donated to the congressional campaign fund was $25, whereas they were assessed $100. ThereforejSmith is not likely to stand in the way of anything Judson wauts to do with Beal. "Beal has fought Judson, unsuecessfnlly, all down the line. Now comes an opportunity, if Alger is elected senator, for Judson to pay it back with interest and at a greater rate taan the legal allowance. Judson will receive a promise from Alger that the latter will use his influence ror a ment building for Aun Arbor in oase of nis election. Nothiug wonlrt make Smíth more popular with Ann Arborites tban if he would fall into line with tne same project. People here appreciate the situation as to how it will be blocked if McMillan is retunred as seDator. The Judson contingent will talk 'Alger and govtirumeut building' until the end of the conventious. It wonld not besurprising, with fchis as a. wat cry, that McMillan fails of a majority of Ann Arbor's delegates to the convention.