The old Monroe Monitor is no moro. The Monroe Democrat is to take its place, and the Democratie Printing and Publishing Co. is the firm name of the publiahers. Hon. E. B. Washburne declares that "under no ciroumstances or conditions cao he become a candidato for President, and Gen. Grant is his first, last, and only choice." All American ship yards report business booming. Greater activity exista than for years before. Perhaps America will own her own iuerchant marine in the near future. She ought to. European eniniigration threatens to be unusually brisk this season. The business Ímpetus of the past few months has caused the aotivity in this line, and set the faces of Europeans westward again. Hon. John Sherman has written a letter stating that he has never thought of withdrawing his name from the Presidential candidacy. It is a straightforward, frank letter, with no nonsense about it. The U. S. supreine court has decided it unconstitutional for any state to exclude negroes from service on juries where one of their kin is tried for his lite. As usual, the southern ohivalry don't like it. The chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committce having been vaoated by Qeo. C. Oorham, of California, Hon. Edward MoPherson, of Pa., has been appointed to the vacancy. It is reported that Maekay, the famous bonanza king of California, has purchased the interest of his partner, Flood, in the Comstock mines, paying in the neighbor hood of $5,000,000 for the privilege. Among other propositions to be submitted to the people at the coming spring election, is an amendment to the constitution of the state increasing the salary of the Governor from $1,000 to $3,000. The Evening News thinks that the Democratie party are fully as anxious to cover up their war record as the Republicans are to uncover the same. And the News doesn't come far from "hitting the nail on the head," either. Every Republican paper we piek up, nearly, eontains an account of some expression of the Presidential choice. In nearly every instance Blaine stands far ahead of all others. Tbe Maine statesman is evidently the first choice of Michigan Republicans. Bills are pending in Congress extending the time for the completion of the Northern Pacifio and Texas Pacific Railroad?. As the panic of 1873 killed all railroad enterprises for 'jears thereafter, perhaps it would be no more than fair to give tljese roads a chance to save themselves. " Benedict Arnold Porter" is what they cali that doughty Democratie general whom a court martial justly cashiered from the army for treachery during the war of the rebellion. His own party are now trying to set aside the findings of that court martial and restore him to his old position and pay- especially the pay - once more. The Commissionersappointed to select a site and erect buildings for a new State school for the blind, held a meeting in Detroit recently, but failed to agree upon a location. The last vote stood, Adrián 1, Owosso 2, Detroit 1. The class to be benefitted by the school are unaniuiously in favor of Detroit, and give gooJ rpons for Kpir o.hninp Onf nf San Francisco's pólice judges bas made for himself a reputation tor uj)rightness by sentencing that curse of the sand lots, Dennis Kearney, to six months' imprisonment in the house of correction and to pay afine of $1,000. Kearney his appealed to the suprcuie court, giving bail in the 8um of $3,000. There is a general expression of satisfaction at the sentence. Col. Robert S. Douglas, son of the late Stephen A. Douglas, has written a letter telling why he is a Republican. He does not compliment the south very highly in his remarks, but tells the same story that everybody at all acquainted with southern life, atiti itKo darocl tn f." linnpflf. TiAfl tiJi) He thinks Gen. Grant will carry a large number of the southern states if nominated. Mr. Justice Field, of California, one of the TInited States supreme court juatices, has assured our southern brctbren that "as long as he has a seat upon that august tribunal, the true, just and constitutional rights of the state shall never want a champion or defender," says the Augusta, Ga. Chronicle. Good enough. Field don't want the southern vote for anything, does he? The English press are growling about President Haye's message regarding the Isthunus oana!, occasioned by the project of M. De Lesseps. They snarl savagely over the re-affirniing and extensión of the Monroe doctrine embodied in the message. Well, Eogland neverdid like the way Uncle Sam does business. The declaration of independence was another incident in American history which England took exceptions to. But then, how is the United States to enforce this doctrine? The present starvation policy of Congress has ruined our navy, depleted our army to a skeleton, and rendered the strong arm of the government powerless. Torn Hendricks, the lesser Democratie figurehead of 1876, complains bitterly that sleepy-eyed Sam, of cypherfame, "has preempted all the good rooms in the leading hotels at Cincinnati, and that no man can conduct a Presidential canvas suecessfülly from a back room on the third floor of a third-rate boarding house." That's so. " Don't you go, Tommy, don't go, M;,v at home Tommy, don't go, None but sharpe would do so. you know, We beg of you. Tommy, don't go." It won't do you any good. The uncle of his nephew is to have the first place, while Fitz John Porter has strong claims for the second. The slate is made up, and can't be smashed. And now comes sickening reports of a terrible famine existing on our own sido of the world. In the province of Ceara, in the northern portion of Brazil, the distreso is said to be so great that 500,000 human beings have already perished from actual starvation or diseases arising from hunger. And although Dotn Pedro, the Kmperor, has made heroic efforts to alleviate the suffering, the distress is so frightful that every day adds hundreds upon hundreds of corpses to the already enormous number. This nation is upon our own hemisphere. lts Emperor has been very friendly to the United States, and has ever assisted Americans in all ways possible on errands of science or business to his couutry. He has been to Brazil what Lincoln was to the United States, a large hearted, noble ruler, whose sympathies are with the poor and oppressed. Messrs. Scribner & Co., of New York, have taken oharge of the funda for relief, and it remains to be seen if generous America will respond as nobly as she did to Ireland's oall. To be sure there are few, if aoy, BruUÍMM among us, but they are none the less humaa beings, and deserving of our cliarity. The last issue of the Allegan Journal not only tells us that "time flies," but proves the fact by annonncing its twentyfifth birthday. Silver weddings are not celebrated every day by Michigan journals, espeoially under as favorable circumstances. The Journal, under the fostering care of that Knight of the Quill, Don C. Henderson. and bia partner, Edwy C. Reíd, has attained a position in the advanceguard of Michigan newspaperdom. It stands way toward the head, both in point of editorial ability, typographical appearance, and general "git-up-and-git." To excel it would be a difficult feat ; to equal it a laudable ani bition. May the coming years still find it where it now stands, a power in the state. The followiDjt article we clip from the Lansing llepublican, Bupposed to bc from the pen of Regent Duffield : For fear some of the friends of the Unl versl ty may be alarmed without cause, on acoount of recent unfavorable reporta, lt may be well for them to know : _ 1. That the new homoeopathlc professor, Dr. Wllson, is a very valuable accensión, and that the lnaugurallon of the hospital wlll take place on the 12th lnst. 2 That the new " chair of educatlon" under Prof Payne is already an asnured success, and Is recognlzed by those mtcndlng to teach, " as tust what they need." 3. That sorae of the door beams were rather too tight In the museum building, but Regent Sliearer, who was there on Frlday last, sugirested some very simple methods of strengtheulng the beams, and the defect wlll soon be remedled. . , 4 That the recent testlmony of a very Intelligent and impartlal student, vlz.: "that the Universlty Is a splendld college, and that both hlraself and hl chum llke it better and better every day," seems to be at present the general opinión,- no better Instructora belngfound anywhere than there are now In the UnlverSi5y ' That the next meeting of the Regen ts wlll take place Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a. m., and thut i t wlll be time enough to blame them aRer the meeting Is over. They only ank for simple Justlce. The Immense amount of work thal they have done this last year i nota matter or record, and lt has been equally dlfflcult and 'lfrfonds of the Unlversity antiolpate very valuable assistance from the counsels of MeBsrs. Shearer and Qrosvenor, the new members of the board Just fresh from the people, and we believe they will not be dlsappolnted.