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Judge Person is said'not to relish the s...

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Parent Issue
Day
8
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Judge Person is said'not to relish the statement made by the great friend of the people that AttorneyGeneral Oren woutd assume the diTection of the grand jury investigation at Lansing. Strange as it may seem, the judge apparentlydoes not desire the assistance of Pingree. The great publishing house of Harper Brothers, known through its ■various] excellent publications to nearly every family of the country, ■has gone to the wall. There appear to be $2, 500,000 of debts secured by mortgage and $2,000,000 of unsecured debts. Millions of friends throughout the country hope they will yet be able to retrieve their fortunes. Another Thanksgiving, that holiday peculiar to the American union, has come and The day, unlike any other of our holidays,"has no fixed date and has to be proclaimed each year. Since 1863, the last Thursday of November has been the day observed. But during a number of administrations Thanksgiving was not observed at all. It was restored by President Lincoln after it had not been observed for many years. The spirit ofthe day as observed now is also very different from what it was formerly. Originally it was 'a dayof fasting, rather than feasting. The first Thanksgiving in our national history was proclaimed by Geo. Washington . It is reportedthat former Senator Edmonds believes Congressman Roberts, of Utah, who has been receiving much gratuitous advertising of late,will have to be seated. Why should he not be? Nobody questions the regularity of his election. He has the proper credentials. Just how congress can handle the case before it is before that body, is not clear, and how is it to be gotten there until there is some recognition of his membership therein? Undoubtedly, after he is seated, congress may, with the requisite vote, expelí him, if it is thought there is sufficient grounds therefor. In fact, all that appears necessary is to be able to command the two-thirds vote to expelí. But how can congress take any action relative to an individual who is not a member of that body? The no-corporal punishment idea at the Adrián Industrial Home for girls did not last long. It required but a short time for the unruly girls to practically put all law and order at defiance. Now corporal punishment and the solitary cell are reestablished. Gov. Pingree isquoted as saying that this return to former methods of control was not with his sanction,and he thinks the management would better resign, ifLit cannot get along without resort to such punishments. But if hizzexcellency had any faith in the fooi notions he has championed, why did he not set up a board of control there tha would see his ideas of government carried out? If the law forbids such punishment, as he says it does, why does he not proceed to perform his duty and see that the law is en forced? But why ask the question Gov. Pingree is not a man of ac complishments. It is easier to make a big noise and to bluster than to do The fact is, the Industrial Home i one of the best managed of our state institutions, and the less it is inter fered with by Gov. Pingree, who don't know how to govern'anything not even his mouth, the better 1 will be for all concerned. Joseph Chamberlain, but for the fact that he occupies so important a position, would not be taken seri ously at all when he talks of an alli anee between the United States anc Great Britain. Nobody understands better than he that the whole thing s pure and unmitigated moonshine. iut he has a purpose in making hese statements and, undoubtedly, hat purpose is subserved. No unlerstanding that would be worth a ap as a " guarantee of ihe peace of he world " could be made by the )resident without the consent of the enate. And Secretary Hay says here is no understanding of any und. President McKinley is not he man to make any such wide deiarture from American traditions which have the universal support of he people. He keeps kis ear pretty close to the ground at all times. SIo sentiment in this country if tronger than that which torbidsour entering into the quarrels of Euro)ean countries. It is not a very 'racious thing for a nation claiming o be as close to us as England affects to be just at this time to be constantly iterating and reiteratinj; tatements calculated to disturb oui elations with nations with which we are on the most friendly terms. Reports indicate that Land CommissionerPrench is inclinedjto laugh at his indictment by the grand jury. t might be the part of wisdom, ïowever, for him to lemember that ie laughs best who laughs last. It s not known by the public what the evidence against him may 'kbe. it may not be sufificient to convict him, and then again it may be. The offences for which he is supposed to lave been indicted are ofj.such a nature as to render conviction on hem extremely difficult. But in uch cases failure to convict someimes amounts to the Scotch verdict of "not proven." A person may escape conviction, and belief in his guilt still remain strongly intrenched n the public mind, in which case he s quite likely to learn of the fact, if ie comes before Lthe people for jolitical preferment. At the bar of )ublic opinión the evidence is what weighs, rather than the technicalities of the law. The truth-loving public, in making up its judgment, s uninfluenced by the technicalities which so circumscribe the action of a jury, and due allowance is made 'or the influence of partisanship, pull and place in preventing the conviction of the indicted. Thus the public many times refuses to accept failure to convict as conclusive evidence of the innocence of the accused. From the standpoint of public favor, it is a serious thing to be indicted by a grand jury, therefore. It is not necessary to go outside of recent Michigan history to discover the truth of these statements.