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Liquor Dealers' Convention

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The convention ot the hquor dealers ol this county, called to meet at the opera house, n this city, oonvened at about 11 o'clock last Friday, and was called to order by A. D. Be8imer, of this city, who in a few brief remarks stated the business of the meeting. Mr. Besiincr was chosen as teruporary chairman, and N. II. Drakc, also of this city, as temporary secretary. There were about 43 dealers present, not enough so that thcy feit at liberty to go on with the business, and an adjournment was had unti two o'clock in the afternoon. Upon reassenibling the doors wereclosec to all not liquor dealers, and an officer stationed at the door to challenge all corners. Your reporter, in blissf'ul ignorance of this part of the programine sought adniission, and upon flatly denying being a saloonkeeper, was told that he could stay out. But he obtained a report of the meeting just the same. Upon the opening, Mr. Feichheimer, a voune man from Detroit, representing the state organization, read quite a lengthy address, urging upon the members unity ol action and hard work. Only this could offset the influence of the opponents to the trafilo. T. I). Hawley, of Detroit, next spoke. He said that he was glad to nee those engaged in the trado waking up to their duty. That if this temperance movement was not put a stop to the business would be ncarly or completely ruined, as it had been in other places. That 5,000 men bonded together could do a great work wliere it is for their interest, as it certainly is in this case, for their bread and butter depended on their business. To gain success time and money must be expended. Their opponents sacrificed both to carry their points, and the liquor dealers must do the same. Their opponents had an organization in every little township and hamlet in the state, and they must be ready to meet theni land to hand in the conflict, with similar organizations. They must have money too. Let each man give #25, if he can ; if not, give $15, or $10, or even $5 if he cannot afford to give more. The members of Ihe legislatura must be especially looked aftcr. The men in this interest must watch tho primarios and allow none but their rienda nominated. They didn'twant any more such legislaturas as would taz their muinessso unjufitly. The business is legitmate and should bc treated the same as any uiun's business. Evcry man must go o work, and when next fall comes the result will be such that wo will all have a grand jubileo and universal rejoicing. Then followed the clection of offieers, and ,he name of Anson D. Besimer was proosed and unanimously carricd as president. Jpon acoepting the positiou he saiil that ie considercd tho biggest compliment of lis life to bc chosen to that position. The ├»onor was ono which he fully appreciated. And a little further on in the proceedings ie also said that the crowning glory of his ife would be the day when he should see he banner of these temperance men trailn the dunt. Ludwig Walz was cho3en as vice presilent, Frank H. Ortman secretary, and ?hos. F. Lconard treasurer. A board of lireotors, consisting of Messrs. Drake, Weinman, Hoffstetter, Gierbach, Leonard, Martin and Terns, were elected. Upon motion of a del├ęgate an executive onimittee was appointed, consistiugof one member from eaoh township in the county, nd two from cach city, as a working comlittee. Several delegates made speeches fterthis, but nothing of rmportance trans red. The speeches all were to the effect liat they proposed to carry their cause into olitics andelect only tluiirfriend to office, specially to tho legislatura.