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Dansville has a drive well and wind mili water works. Dillon, the great Iriah agitator, is to visit Marshall soou. Paw Paw now desires better fire extinguishing faoilities. The N. W. A. R. A. It. will not probably be a reality this year. Geo. Winchester, aged 13, drowned May 13, at Grand Kspids. For the first time in the history of Sturgis, all saloons are closed. A larce bridge at Bellevue feil into the Battle Creek river last week. The Marine City people want the government to improve Belle river. One hundred and thirty-five liquor dealer boods liled at Kast Saginaw. Woodburn is the name of a new postoffice established in Oceana county. There are 13 divorce cases on the Lenawee county calendar tüe present term. The western Michigan diocesan convention will be held at Hastings on June 2d. Jonesville makes the saloon keepers pay a local tax of $500 besides the state tax. There is to be a state sabbath school convention at Lansing on the 8th, 9th and lOth of June. The Kast Saginaw congregationalists are uiaking vigorous efforts to pay their debt of $15,000. C. V. R. Pond, of the Quincy to deliver an address on deaoration duy at Muskegon. Livingston county has 6,829 children of schoo! age, and received $3,209.63 primary schoei fund. The Baptists of Memphis, St. ClairCo., have sold their church, and talk of erecting a nicer one. The Koman's state christian temperance union wi'.l commence ita session at Howell, next Monday. They pretend to have had hail stones so large they knock a fellow down in Oakland county. Perhaps. The Muskegon Daily Chronicle has been recently enlarged, and bids fair to become a permanent üxturc. Etla May Hellinar, an eight years old girl, feil into an open cistern at Flint reeently and was drowned. Hon. Jas. M. Pratt, of Charlotte, died recently from erysipelas. He was quite a prominent man in that city. Prof. Louis Boos, the Jackson cornetist, ïas left the Berger family troupe and gone o Haverly's theater, N. Y. Geo. Oliver was killed at Grand Rápida y his foot being caught in a switch t'rog on Oio G. R. & Newaygo R. R. The mail route between Marquette and }heboygan has been discontinued and oniebody is mad up that way. Leslie gives $1,200 as a bonus to a eomany who are to erect a fine grist mili there witli not less than three run of stone. The Livingston Republican says it is 'glad to publish marriage and death notices ree," but charges for obituary poetry. Rev. Wm. P. Russell, for 30 years pasor of the Congregational church at Memphis, recently had an attack of apoplexy. Traverse City expects to be more than usually filled up with summer excursionista, ïealth and pleasure seckers the coming season. Jas. Geary, Jr., of Howell, has been sentenced to the reform school at Lansing until of' age - 3 years- tor stealing from his mother. The Sho-waecae-mette crew have resolved to try another season at boating,and lave gone into practice for the same at Vlonroe. The telegraph cable from Cheboygan to Mackinac was ruined last winter, and as the thing never paid expenses it will probably never be relaid. Chas. B. Hookor w lucover 10 000 fi-oui the farmers and mechamos mnk of Grand Rapids, and sues it and the sheriff for that amount. Julia A. Moore elated over her success in free advertising on poetry, bas struck irt,o prose, and is writing a novel for the Ofldar Springs CHuoer. Wm. Gates, who recently died at Albion, was once a British prisoner on Van Dieman's land, but by personal bravery and great endurance cscapcd. Hastings people have the western emigration fever, and about forty of them are ifoing beyond the Missouri. They will find few states equal to Michigan. The family of Michael Gillespie, living at l'lint, eat some pie-plant leaves for greens. They will be careful about it again, as it made them all very sick. Only six saloons in Cass county. In Jackson, Flint, and several other cities, many of the saloon keepers have been obliged to close up their business. A Michigan widow who jumped down of! a load of hay and knocked down a tramp who made fun of hersun-bonnet, had three offers of marriage within a week. (?) The Perrin mili dam, at Marshall, soino 20 feet in height, gave way one day laai week and the sceae was described as being a grand one. No material damage done. Kalamazoo had a tornado recently, injuring sheds, out-buildings, houses, orchards, etc. , and lifting St. Barnabas chape from its foundations and carrying it severa! feet. Sheep shearing festivals in different sections ut' the state are creating considerable interest among sheep breeders and farmers, and causing some remarkable weights o: fleece to be recorded. The next meeting of the Hillsdale county teachers' association, will meet in Jonesville, on Saturday May 29tb, while the county Sunday school convention meets at Allen on June 9, 10 and 11. The Grass Lake News says that 520 car loads or 10,841,780 pounds of wheat have been shipped from that station between the lst of August and the Ist of May, averaging 57 car loads per montli. The body of Peter Dunn, Jr., about 18 years of age, who had been missing from his home, No. 578 Congress st. , Detroit, was found floating in the slip at the loot o Du Boisst., last Thursday. A Fowlcrvillo Sunday school scholar was requested to learn Mathew 15, 13 and 14 when he astonished the teacher by jumping up with the exclamation : " Can't bc done 'taint found in the blocks !" Kev. A. J. Eldred thinks that the Gram Traver-e región will be as uiuch sought for by the M. E. clergymen in a few years, a it is shunned by them now, for it is bounc to bc the garden of the state. Reporta from all portions of the state re port the prospecta for fruit as being unprecï edented. If Jack Frost will mind his owi business and stay at home nights, we shal have plenty of sauce thia year. The annual report of the chief of pólice of Grand Rapids gives the eipenditures fo the fiscal year as $14,702.92, and the re ceipts, including the value of property found and returned to owners - poor re ceipts for tax-payers- $6,700.95. Tota arresta during year, 1,228. An increase o foroe is desired. The "riverand harbor bill" bcfore conl gress requires the secretary of war to havfl surveys made of Grand river, obtain planj for its improyement, and ascertain how much trade will be benefited thereby. Kev. Noah M. Wells, aged 98, died rel cently at Erie, Monroe Co. He foundecB the first I'resbyterian church in MichiganB at Detroit, in 1825, and wastheoldeetminB ister of that faith in the United States. The Clinton News suggests that tho peol ple of that place have a rousing celebrado upon the fourth of next July, the pruceedB of which shall be donated to the cometer fund, which is in debt soiae $300 or $400. I An old couple named Spear, living neaH Morenci, Lenawee county, were chloroH fornied, robbed of about $300, and tliB house set on fire. The noise of the tiiflj awakened them, and they just saved thenfl selves. The dates and purses for the MichigaM rotting circuit is as follows: Adrián, May 'JM to28, $10,000; Detroit June 1 to 4, $12,50fl Pontiac, June 8 to 11, $8,000 ; Flint, JuiflJ 5 to 18, $8,000; Ionia, June 22 to 2J $6,000. Adrián has pledged the $30,000 assigneH o her for the Butler railroad project, anH everal thousand dollars besides, which shHJ proposea to purchase the right of waBJ hrough the city with. What does DetroBJ hink of that kind of enterprise ? Mrs. Maria Jones, aged 65, died at JaclM son on tbe 13th inst., and it ia stated thfij for a period of 35 days prior to her deaM he had partaken of no food, either solid ¦ iquid, the only thing passing her lips !¦ ng an occasional teaspoonful of water. Any person finding the bodies of tlfl Odell family, 9r any portion of the wreckeBJ oat, or knowiog of the existence of anyH hing whioh tnight lead to their recoverjBJ will confer a great favor on the relatives (HJ he lost by making it known to Mrs. L. -wj Harsh, Little Traverse, Michigan. The Imlay City Herald wishes state V-M ers to publish the notice of one John (iilflj son, a young man 23 years of age, dark haBJ and oyes, face shaved exceptthe upper liJJ who left that village on the 15th of MarcBJ for New Market, Ont., where he intendcBJ to be married. He has not been seen sincH The recent session of the state medicH society at Grand Rapids elected the folio vH ing officers: President, J. il. ThomaBJ Bay City ; vioepresidents, E. P. ChristiaBJ Wyandotte- J. W. Hagadorn, Lansing-B C. J. Lundy, Detroit- J. H. Bonnet Coldwater; secretary, Geo. A. KanneJJ Lansing ; treasurer, Geo. W. Topping, )BJ witt. Next meeting'.to be held at Bay CiM The college commencements in the stafl this season are : Kalamazoo college, JurlP 16; Monroe female seminary, iJune 16; Hillsdale college and Olivet college, each June 17 ; Michigan female seimnary, Kalamazoo, June 23 ; Adrián college, June 24; Michigan university , July 1 st. The Michigan institution for the deaf and dumb and the blind, at Flint, will hold its annual commencement on June 16th. The counties in the state, givingamajority for the constitutioual amendment, increasing the gqvernor's salary, are Alpena, Baraga, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Delta, Einmet, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Inghain, Iosco, Keewenaw, Mackinaw, Manitou, Marquette, Menorainee, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Outonagon, Osceola, and Wexford, all northern Michigan counties but Ingham. ' 'The supreme court of this state has just decided that a teacheris entitled to full pay during a suspension of school, ordered by the school district officers. The school board of the city of Alpena closed the school over three months, to prevent the spread of the small-pox, and refused to pay the principal for the time which thus elapsed, but the supreme court decided that he was entitled to full pay under his contract, in which the school board failed to provide for such an emergency." The following are recent patents to Michrake ; M. Crossman, Grand Haven - windmill : Wm. J. Ely, Detroit - hatchway door ; J. B. Ilauiblin, Jackson- manufacturing of steel rakes ; G. W. Hinkle, Mendon - check-book for harness; J. II. Lockwood, Alpena - reissue, circular saw ; A. C. Richardson, South Frankfort- hame fastener ; A. P. Sprague, Kalamazoo- spring harrow tooth. Murder will out. The identity of the men who killed Anthony Miller, and almost killed his hircd man, John Hilger, near Norris, about two years ago, have been discovered by the pólice of Detroit. The butchers are Dan Graham, Ike Clark, Enos A. Girard, Chas. Plattner and Michael O'Brien. Clark and Graham are now in prison at Moundsville, W. Va., for burglary, while the others are in Jackson under 15 years sentence each. for burglary. Dr. Wm. G. Cox and John W. Weaver, have been arrested at Detroit, on a charge of being implicated in the murder of Anna M. Clemens, of Bay City, whose body was found in the river Rogue, April 8th last. But a day or two afterward two young men named John and Henry Tyson were ed on suspicion of' being iuipliuated in the murder of Martha Ann Whitla, whose body was found on or about the 12th of March, 1879, in the river, scwed upinburlaps, near the drydook, Springwells. The Tysons live on a farm near Dearborn, and at their home this young woman was laat seen alive. They stoutly deny their guilt, however. The fourth annual state band tournament will be held at Flint Wednesday and Thuraday, June 9 and 10. The first day will be devoted to a grand parade, closing with marching and drilling at the Fair grounds, the evening being devoted to the trombone and baritone solo contest at the opera house. First prize, $100 ; second prize, a trombone wortb. $75. The second day the bands will compete tor prizes as follows : First class - First prize, $150; seeond, $75. Second class - First prize, $100 ; second, $50. Third class - First prize, $80 ; second, $40. In the evening there will be a cornet solo contest at the opera house : tirwt prize, $100; second, a B flat cornet yalued at $80. There will be othor special prizes, and bands taking part in the tournament will be boarded free of charge. The twentieth annual eonvention of the Michigan state sabbath usooiatiqn will be held at Lansing in the Firt Presbyterian ehurch, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 8th, 9th, and lOth, coinmencing on Tuesday evening 7:30 p. m., with an address on "The Centennial of Sabbath Schools," and c-nntitiuing thruugh Wednesday, and closing Thursday nxm. A programme has been prepared which proraïses to be one of the most interesting and profitable to Sunday-school workers; and all Sunday-schools are invited to send delegates. In order tbat delegates may be provided with entertainment and reduced rates on railroads, let their pames and addreBses be sent uaming railroads, which they travel, by the first of Tune, to Rev. Wm. Dawe, state secretary, West Bay City, who will send oertiücates to all who are duly elected. Any Sunday-school workers in the state, who desire to attend the " Robert Raikes Centennial " in London, Englaud, June 28th, to July 2d, may receive the advanlages of' delegates by application to the state secretary for delegate'scard. I tion of opposition, was a compliment, aiïft an indication of the high regard in which he is held by the republicans of the cntire state, which may well afford to him, and to his constituents and supporters in the seventh congressional district, the highest gratification. The mention of his name callcd forth the most enthusiasdc applause frotn the entire convention, showing clearly that his reputation and bis abüiuco o - a legislator are recognized throughout the state." Referring to the nomince of the Chicago convention the Benton Harbor Palladiuin says: "The Chicago convention eettles the presidential question so far as choice between two republicans is concerned. The choice then made should not represent a bare majority, but a unanimous choice. If we can judge public sentiment the opponents of Grant are determined and unswerving while the opponents of Blaine, Sherman, Washburne and Kdmonds are not so. There can be no good reason given why Grant men should not just as heartily support any one of' twenty stalwart republicans. There are good reasons why thosc who favor other candidates should not support Grant. In view of the fact that niany republicans pledge themselves to support the nouiinee of the Chicago convention be he other than Grant should cause the Grant .., ui: ,.:.ii " Referring to the duty upon the ingredients of print paper, and the possibility of congress taking action thereon, the Grand Rapids Evening Post remarks : ' ' The House Ways and Means committee, generally regarded as the grave of all tanff reform, has at last agreed to report favorably Tucker's bill which maken some reductionx. The duty on wood pulp is reduced from 20 to 10 per cent. advalorem ; jute falls from $6 to $3 per ton ; unmanufactured flax and all other fibrous material for the manufacture of paper, from $25 to $20 to the uniform rate of $10 per ton ; sized or glued paper for printing from 20 to 10 per cent. Manufactures of paper, or of that which paper is a component part, not otherwiso noted, is reduced from 35 to 25 per cent. Plows, harrows, spaden, shovels, hoes and other like articles of which iron or steel is a component of the material, used for agriculture, mining or mechanical purnoses, from 35 to 25 per cent. advalorem." The Detroit Commercial Advertiser very sensibly says : " Even the five years' iniprisonment with a fine of $5,000, the extreme limit of the law, that a Chicago jury imposed upon Clarence E. Davis, the Detroit drummer and polygamist, last Saturday, is none too hard a sentence for a person whocould beguilty of bringing so much sorrow upon unsuspecting and confiding females. Such high-handcd and bold !¦- liance of the law which governs society was scarcely ever met with before in a civilized country.1 VVhen first arrested he asked a suspension of public opinión till he could be heard, bui as his numerous wivcs began to put in their appearance bis boldness seemed to collapse, until it was said of him that really he began to fear the Joliet ricnitentiary. Heretofore Chicago has Deen called pretty hard names, but it would seera as though sho has reforraed very much of late, and that there can be found men there of the right stamp to punish such crimes as was proven against Davis. Surely he has sown to the wind to reap of the whirlwind." Speaking of the reoent state convention at Detroit the Pontiac Gazette says: "The republican state convention, held in Dotroit, on Wedpesday, was one of the largest ever held in the state. Every county was representcd. A more intelligent, earnest, and patriotic body seldom a bles. The action of the convention was earnest, harmonious and enthusiastic. Tbc delegates elected to represent the state in the national convention are without an exception, men of sterling integrity and patriotism, and thoroughly republican. The resolutions adopted are clear and simple. They are an earnest expression of honcst conviction, and will meet the approval of evory good citizen. James G. Blaine w;is the first choice of the conventiou, as a candidate for president, but there was no disposition manifest to prefer a man to principies. The republican party is firmly anchorod to equality, law and order, and is :is determined now as ever, to protect eyery citizen in all his rights, civil and political, and to maintain the unity and integrity of the ropublic. " Boys of to-day, as soon as they get old enough to "waddie" have a passion for possessing fire-arms. Speaking of the dangerous habit the Cadillac Weekly News says : "The untimely death of young Walter Ford in this city, on last Monday evening, from the discharge of a pistol in his own hands, should serve as a terriblo ing against permitting children to have fireanns in thcir possession. it is only a few moDths sincc tbac we called attention to the fact that some of the smaller school boys carried pistols to school and practiced at a mark during nterniission, to tbe perij of other children playing in the immediate vicinity. The identical pistol which shot the fatal ball through Walter. Ford's heart had previously permanently maimed at least one other lad in this city, while passing arouiid among the numerous youthful owners, who have parted with other lesa dangerous trinkets to becoine its possessor. Parents and guanlians sliould take especial pains to prevent the handling of fire-anns of every kind by the children. Young America can much better forego the supposed manly pleasure of carrying a pistol, than to exposé hiinselfor his comrades to hourly danger of being hurried ioto eternity by itscareless use." The Negaunee Iron Herald thus speaks of the immense tide of emigration which is setting in for this nation from Europe: " From present indications it is confidently expected by the commissioners of emigration that the influxof foreigners landing in this country this year will be very much gteater than bas ever been known before. Since the lstof January 81,114immigrants have arrived, and the estímate for the year, based upon knowledge of the movement in other countriea, puts the number for 1880 at 400,000. The record of the only yeara approximating to this is: 1849, 220,603; 1850, 212,796; 1851, 289,601 ; 1852, 300,Oití; 1853,284,945; 1854,319,223; 1866, 233,418; 1857,242,731; 1868,213,695; 1869,258,989; 1870,212,170; 1871,229,639; 1872, 294,581; 1873, 266,318. In all other years, since 1846, the numbers arriving have been much below the lowest of those quoted, and in sonie - as, for instanee. In 1877, when there were only 54,536 immigrante- they have been so far beneath asalmost to be beyond comparison. What has started this enormous rush it is extremely difficult to understand. So far as can be ascertained, there have been no extraordinary efforts made by emigration agents on the other side of the Atlantic, and no new inducements offered by any state, certainly none by the general government. That one-fourth of those who have come this year should have been from starviiig Ireland seems natural ; buteven a greater number have come from Germany, where there is no cry of famine, and many thousands more who are manifestly well-todo farmers from Kngland, Holland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It is noticeable that on the faces of all are looks of auiiiKition and hqpeful expectancy, the expression of a universal spirit of self-confidenee and rcliance in the bright future promised themin the new world. "