Miss Lvdia SnRiicer, value of shed Delorp th store occupied bv Aiuitii & Junuson $110 0ü Miss Eunice Lambie, value of tti,.. ) iii.-,.n :tcvo numbered 112 100 00 Value of shp.l bcfore store mimberec' 120 150 00 üamages 100 00 $350 00 Duvis & Griffin estáte, shed bet'ore store numbered 108 150 00 Shed before store numbered ]0ö 125 00 Damages 100 00 $375 00 Total of several bilis 835 00 The abuve siaiement gives the figures as to the value of a few of the wooden awnings taken down in Ypsilanti last week, together with the damages involved. Taking these figures as a basis, and supposing thera to be correct, the city can easily estímate what the whole list of sheds will cost. These figures might appear somewhat high to an outsider, but, no doubt, they represent the actual cash value. This must be true, because the city is asked to pay that amount for them. It might be interesting to know whether they are so estimated in making up the assessment rolls of the city or not; theyshould certainly be assessed at these figures, if that is their actual cash value. Again, if those figures are correct, are the properties in front of 'which they stood assessed on the same basis? There may be a point here for the supervisors to look into. They may find their assessment of these properties too low. The matter is certainly worth the attention of the assessors, for if the city is expected to pay for the sheds at the rate indicated, it is but right that these sèveral properties be assessed proportionately to raise the neces5ary money. Such an assessment jwould be but equitable and just. John Smith is the governor elect of Maryland. Everybody knows John. The democrats have won a great victory in Pennsylvania. The republican majority does not exceed 200,000. The British ministry appears to have gained nothing by the policy of holding and doctoring war information. In a government by public opinión the people have the right to know the truth, and there ■s nothing gained by trying to deiceive them. Maryland has gone back to her own, Republican supremacy has been short and most unsatisfactory. Senator Wellington, who rode into the United States senate on the recent republican upheaval, proved mmself a prophet in predicting the .downfall of the republican regime. L The wreek of the Michigan Centrail passenger train near the little towin of Vienna in Monroe county yestterday shows that it is not necessaryuo look to the next world for fiencss, for we have them right with us here. The angle plates, which held the rails together, had been removed, causing the train to leave the track, wrecking it and dangersusly inj uring about forty passenKers. Senator Hoar, in an article in the Independent, referring to the epithe '■' traitur " and other harsh ternas applied tii all who do viot agree with the president's Philippine policy lands a iiarit one on President Mc Kinley. Hesays: "When ttie presi dent said that forci'ule annexation ,-according to our American code moráis, would be criminal aL;grfs sion, was he a copperhead ?. Was he Hisloyal to the ilag ? Was not he a republican "J Was there even an utterance so calculated to give courage to AguiniKio and his people as that?" The voters of the i()th assembly [istrict of New York defeated Mr. Mazet, of Ma.et eorutnittee iame. ?ut t is said liis republican coleigues n the assembly wi 11 seat lim neveriheless. The most noticeable change shown )y the recent elections is the return of Maryland to the democratie fold after four years of republican rule. l'lie democratie nomtnee for governor was a gold-standard man and h e was siljnt on silver. Huw about Mark? If the repubicans of Ohio endorsed MqKinley, what did they do to Hanna in Cleveand ? The dollar-sign raanwas an ssue in Cleveland all riht, and the republicans were strictly not in it here. Will McKinley depose the )OSS ? The división of the Samoan ïslands )etween Germanv and the United States seems to be practically competed so far as it can be without the anction of the Senate. The United States will receive five of the group, he most important ïsland being futuila, which contains the harbor of Pago Pago, said to be the finest ïarbor in the Pacific ocean. The result in Nebraska shows Col. 3ryan a pcwer in the politics of that state still. He captured a good round majority of the votes, which was more than McKinley did in Ohio. It means his renomination )y the democrats next year, unless something wholly unforeseen at jresent occurs. The fight will be against President McKinley, who will be renominated by the repubicans. The Boer incursión into Cape üolony indicates that the estimates as to the number of men they cóuld ut into the field was greatly underestimated, or else, that the British calculations as to the loyalty of the Dutch in Natal and Cape Colony were away off. They are closely nvesting Mafeking, Kimberly and L,adysmith and appear to have Dlenty of men to overrun the surrounding country, including considerable British territory at will. [f Gen. Bulier eats his Christmas dinner in Pretoria as he boasted he would, it is safe to say he will accomplish the hardest task ever set :or him. That a clearer perception of this is dawning on the British mind is made apparent by the constantly increasing enlistments. There appears to be well grounded alarm also over the possibility of a race war in South África. Should the blacks take the field there will 3e a situation to appal the stoutest. Latest reports from the Philipoines indícate that the United States forces may in a short time aag the illusive Aquinaldo, that is provided the reports of Gen. Otis are not too highly colored. The tiead of the insurgent government with several thousand followers is at Bayambaug, some twenty miles north of Tarlac. Three American columns are concentrating on this point, Gen. VVheaton is marching south from Dagapau, while Gen. Lawton is marching north from Cabautuau and Gen. McArthur from Tarlac. There appears no escape for Aquinaldo except into the hostile territory in the valley o the Agno river. It is to be hoped the plans of Gen. Otis will succeed and that the end of the rebellion is in sight. There can be no solution of the Philippine problem so long as the insurrection continúes. The cessation of strife is the first re quisite of any settlement of the questions involved. Each recurring election estab iishes more firmly the advantages o the voting machine and minimize the disadvantages. The machine does away in large measure with th power of crooked inspectors to tam per with the ballot and necessitate the counting of the ballot as cast It enables the inspectors to repor the vote in a very few minutes afte the polls close, and in that way greatly aidá an honest count. There is always grave danger ín delayet returns. Mistakes are possible on the part of the voter, of course, bu what system of voting is free from these? VVhy, then, should be any more than under the present system is not apparent. The cost of hold ng an election will be greatly reduced also when machines come into general use. But the greatest good to come from the general use of the machine is in the increased assurancé it gives of an honest ballot n that it removes in no inconsiderable degree the power to commit raud. The United States has been invited to seize a Chinese port and establish a sphere of influence. It seems that the Washington government was sounded as to its position relative to the prospective seizure by Russia of the treaty port of New ühwang. The reply was that the United States desired the treaty Dorts to remain open, no matter what control they passed under. An agreement to this effect was asked of France, Russia and Germany. While this request was not directly declined, the United States was invited to to take what she wanted, so as to be on the same footing with the other powers. It is said that the United States and Great Britain will resist this attempi at territory-grabbing, and to this end the tsung-li-yamen has been notified that the cession of New Chwang must not be made. China is said to be inclined to favor the cause of Russia. There will probably be a right smart diplomatic game on at Pekin for some time now. The state pardon1 board has done what it wás feared it would do - recommended that the brutal murderer Wright have his life sentence commuted to fifteen years iinprisonment. It appears as coming from United States District Attorney Covell, who was the public prosecutor who secured the conviction of Wright, that Turner of the pardon board, who has always opposed any reduction of Wright's sentence, has been won over. It also transpires that his brothers are now Wright's attorneys. It is also stated that the new member of the board, David E Burns, of Grand Rapids, who is against the reduction of Wright's sentence, was not notified at all of the meeting at which the favorable action was taken. There has never been the shadow of an extenuation for the unprovoked, premeditated murders committed by Wright, and the only reason for showing him any mercy is because of the influence and importunity of his wealthy friends and his own wealth. But when such inftuences can secure immunity from adequate punishment for such a cold-blooded murderer as Wright, it is placing a very low value on human life and making a farce of justice. A man guilty of the crimes proven against Wright should never again be permitted to be a free man among his fellows. Lord Salisbury, in his address at the Lord Mayor's banquet, declared that the South African unpleasantness is an attair which other nations have nothing to do with - it is none of their business, in other words, and no interference will be tolerated. He said, England did not seek war and had no wish for it, but had no fear as to the outcome. Equal rights for all, he declared to be what is desired, and security for the queen's subjects and the empire. He said England had not had a farthing frora the South African gold fields, and that the only ad vantage she would receive from their control would be in the influence of their successful handling as a breeder of commerce, the products of which were always advantageous to England. He expressed satisfaction over the friendliness of the United States. The Pontiac Post speaks as follows as to the recognition of slavery by this governmerit in its recent treaty with the Sultan of Sulu, which has brought down upon the administration so much adverse criticism: The first assistant secretary cf state has been induced to speak for the administration on the question of the continuance of slavery in the Sulus, which is naturally and prop erly causing much anxiety and indignation. He says that it is "a fine constitutional point" whether or not the thirteenth amendment permits slavery to exist in the Sulos. On this he says "there is awidedifference of opinión." I't has been left for President McKinley's administration to cast a doubt upon the validity of the amendment to the constitution of the United "tates, which was secured by a war costing half a million of lives, billions of treasure, and the legacy of a miilion pensioners upon the bounty of future generotions of taxpayers. If the abolition of slavery effected by the civil war amo'unts to nothing more than "fine constitutional point" about which a republican administration may raise doubts or even practically ignore, what does the great sacrifice of the civil war amount to ?