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James Gillespie Blaine

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On Monday moni Ing last, probable the larjfest orowd ever een at the M. C. depot asaembled tbere for the purpow of seetng and hearing ono of the most polIshed and brllllant stateunen of America, the republican candidato for preddeut, Hou. .lames Q. Blalne. At about half put 8 o'clock the Chequaniegon band wended their way to the unlverelty campus to accompany the students to the depot, who on the erenlng previous liad resolved by i majorlty vote of upwards of 500, to mnrch to the depot to greet Mr. Blalne and iarty. In their ranks were close ou to a thousand young men, and upon the bannora tliey carricd were these words: "How did the Germans vote in Ohio?" " No English Dictation." " Hurrah for Ohio.'' " Law Students Solid for Blalne." " Where is Frank Hurd ? Gone to Ragt" As soon as the depot was reached some of the students who were not republicana started a rush for the banner which stated that the law students were solid for Blaine, and after a niege of a fevv minutes it was completely torn iu pieces, togetber with a half-dozen or more tiles that happened to get ander foot. F rom this time on until the traiu arrived, the conflict raged between the two eldes, the boys holding up pieces of the banner and the others trying to teiir them down. This would not have been so censurable liad the rebel element ended their demonstrations when the train arrived. A thlng their manllness did not prompt them to do. A few minutes prerious to the train'a arrival a new banner was produced, making the case a little stronger, reading " All Law Students are Solid tor Blalne." This was mounted on top of a frelght car standing near and strongly guarded. Upon the arrival of the train it was greeted with a series of terrific yelllng, and as Mr. Blaine appeared the veiling was redoubled. The Bout nemers present seeming bent upon making it Imponible for any one to liear. Maj. Stevens stepped forwartl to introduce Mr. Blaine but was unable to make hiinself heard. Flnally that gentleman commenced speaking without an introduction, and immedi" ately quiet was restorcd, save an occaalonal yelp from a low-lived cur who desired to show his extreme smartness thereby. Mr. Blaiuesaid: During Ihe war we u-ed to hear mucli about the rebel yell. [Laughter.] It was said to iniply great vigor and determlDatiou, but it seems to me that the young men wlio liave done me the honor to appeur here to-day could have terrifled the whole army of Lee. ILaujjhler and eheers.J But I am glad to witness it, and to hear it, for it implies the enIhusiasm and the strength of youtli, and from the youili of the country tlie republican party is conslautly recruiled. [Wild cheering.] What we lose from desert ion and disappointment and dissatUfactlon on the part 01 the elders is far more than made up, yea, ten-fold inude up by the young men of tiie country who are just coming iuto actiou. [Ureat cheering.] JSot only tbat proportion which holds good for youug men of all classes, but we have a very remarltable proportion of the eüucated youug men of the country. I wlsh to leave with these young colleglans il problem in relation to one of the great Industrial issues of the time ; a problem which wlll comfort them in their tuture careers, that is to find out why so many college youths who are free-traders at 20, become proteclionistsat4(). Laughter aod cheers.J I Ihlnk the answer will be fouud iu tüe fact that at 40 they have taken their degrees in the univeislty of experience, which, alter all, is much wider, much more valuable than Ihe university of theory. [Cheers.l Our college boys are taught, I was myself taught when I was a college boy, the doctrine of free trade, but the United States t-tand as a perpetual and irrefutable argument and example of the valué lu a new couniry of the doctrine of protection. [Enthusiastlc aod prolonged cheering] I am glad to meet you, not merely as those iuterestfd in a political campaign, but ïiïJHUSSWI" Í6llfe8rfii1ghwíl'h' the gr'eat prob-' lems of the future in thls marvelous experiment of a people yoverning thcmselves by free and universal suffrage, nothiiigcan avall exceptour educateu andcoastantly corrected public opinión. [Cheers.] I wish to impress upon evcry man who has the advantage of a university education. that he is every day more and more placed In debt to hls,;country and that just in proportiou as he progresses in knowlede and wisdom, just in that proportion will he be expected to pay back In patriotic labor the country which has nurtured hun. ["Good," "dood,'' and cheers.] I congratúlate you on beina bom to such (jreat opporlunities, toa harvest that Is ripe for the reapor, lnto a lield that is continuully expanding. By the time you have your degrees you wlll go forth to the battle of llfe in a great nation of slxty milllons of freemen. You go forth, each of you, wlth just as good a chance in liíe as any other man has, and you go wlth theadded opportuullies which education gives. I commend to you your responslbllities, for the respousibilïties of an edncated American are nigher and deeper and broader aud greater than those of an educaled man in auy other land, as just in pro portion as your opportuniiies are grealer will you be held to account in this liteaud in the life which is to come. [Ureat and prolouged cheering.] At the conclusión of Mr. IJlaiue's remarks he introduced Gen. Alger, who said a few worils which were soon drowned iu tlie general cheering. As the train was about to move ofï', the law students' banner was given to Wm. Livingstone, Ji, of Detroit, the gentleman in charge of the train, who turncd t full face to tlie crowd, and the halfdozen or so loud-mouthed law, who were not villing to listen to an opponent, or allow otliers to listen, watched the retreating train with glaring eyes and frenzied looks, completely out-generaled by their opponents. Tlie crowd present was variously estiinated at from 5,000 to 8,000 people. Frequent calis were made for Gen. Fremont, but he was not on board the train. The Ann Arbor reception cotnraittee, who went down to Detroit, and carne up with the train, consisted of jNIiij. Wm. C. Stevens, Dr. W. B. Smith, Dr. W. F. Hreakey, J. E. Be:il, and Wm. N. Stevens. A very pietty incident of the occasion was tlie presen tiition of a beautiful bouquet to Mr. Blaine by little Beasle Stevens, who had pushed through tlie great crowd with her floral offering. She was rewarded by being taken up into Mr. Blaine's arms and given a kiss by hini. The general Impresslon made upon the people by Mr. Blaine was excellent. His remarks were yery appropriate, and his appearance aml mannereuch sato Inspire coiifidence. A large number of the business houses were closed up toallowall bands to altend the grecting. If you ícant to reduce your zoool in price vote for Eldredge. He fnvors horizontal reduclion on everyiMng. The especial attention of those meuibers of the prohibitery party who think it will make no dillerence to the cause whether the republican or the democratie party triumphs in the next election is especially called to the followiug from the circular of the Ohio Liquor Dealen! Protective Anoclatlon, issued Sept. lOth : " We herebv repcat what was asserted at mauy prevlous occasions, that the only safety uguinxt pruhilnthn lies in the defatt of the republican party etitd in the clertion of a democratie national admiitistralion; and notuntil then will the fanática weaken in their light for proliibition. ChiB. F. Bates for county clerk, will make a capable official. Help hint bi your ballot. The democrats of ühio appeakd to the stomachs of the Gorman votéis, while the republicana appealed to the brains, and brains won.


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