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Conway's Vindication

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The great temper&nce fraud, Wednesda; night, ajrain had tlie amincity to appeai before an A nu Arbor audlence. It was ulvertised to bt a viiulication; it proved tobe a money-making sclieme concocteü to coin uioney on liis own lü-repute. But f did not siicceed, as only aboui ;{()() people at mostallowed theircuriosity to overeóme their sense of propriety enough to attend. He had noone bat his paid choir to go on the platform with him, and it. was evident he could get do one else. For two honrs he talked, a part of the time bellowing, stamping his foot on the stage and ealling upon the " Almighty God," a stereotyped phrase rolling lightly off his tongue. The vindication, but for lts thinness, wonkl have been a farce. He prov ed nothing, and contented hiniselt 'witli simple denial of a few charjres, expeeting the audience to take his word lor it that hu did not mramit rape, perjury, impostnre, winediinking. etc. etc. About his doctor's degree which he assiimed h? tafd not a word. The most of his talk was about minor details of how he carne bere and of his work in the meetings. Kveryone knew iliut. Wbat the people wanted was au explanation. That they did not get. He proved the old saying which lie took for a motto: " Trutli crughed to earth will ïise again.'" His cauM did not rise, henee il is not the trutli. The smal! audienoe was quiet, respeotful and disposed to give him every chance. The adveitisrd Mis. Conway and Miss I.esüe viere on the stage hut were disereety silent. As 90011 as he flnished he simt off the meeting without iiving anyone a chance lo makeany charge or ask any question. This alone sbowed the hollowness ot'his preteoDiont, and anyone nuw staiuling bv him, must part with all claim to iiifluence or ordinary common sense.


Ann Arbor Courier
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