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Tlie democratie state central committee lias decldeO tocull tlie state convention of that party at Biy City. February Mth. The aforenaiued committee also resolved to have all tlie applicutions tbr federal appolntmenti passed upon by itself before bciiifi reeommended to President Cleveland, ;anl set itself up as Father Confussor of the cutiré organization in tbewbole stak'. In othw wonte, 'M resolved that no dcniocrat in Michigan, not in harmony with the state central committee clique, need apply for any appointment. And that in the name of democracy ! Not a word was said about appointing any member of that political organization that the demócrata have used as a 8teppinr stone to success. Having "got there," they have no further use for greenbackere. The committee also resolved that Michigan was entltlcd to a cabinet position, and appointed Jcrome Eddy, of Flint, ana Isaac M. Weston, of Grand Itapids, to button-hole G. Cleveland on that point. For the benefit of some who do not know the definition of "Democracy," we give Mr. Webster's definition of two words : Demoerat- One who Is au adherent or promoter of democracy, or goverumeut by the 9eUemócracy - Government by the people; a form of government in wlilch the upreme p.wer Í8 tn the hands of the people, and directly exercised by tbem ; henee, more imually a forra of government In whlcn tne power resides ultimately In the whole people, etc., etc., to the same purport. Any remarks in regard to the significance of these deflnitions to the democratie state central committee would be stiDreme sarcasm. Lilly Scolt, who was ent to the Adrián reform school for girls from tuis place about Blx monüis ago.and who was returned to Uie poor-house here after a few weeks, she bc Ing found enciente, gave blrth to an in (ant Monday . The fate of thls girl is a striklug commentary upon our christlau Ylllzatlon. For several years she wandered around Mt. Clerueus, half the time without a home, and flnally went to ruin. And all thls time our goud Íieople were maklnn long prayers and rallng unds for the Kenegumbluns. Lilly Is not yt ueventeen.- Mt. Clemens Monitor. If the above is true, the disgrace comes not upon the class of people who give inoney to Christianize the Senegambians, or offer up prayers, either one, but upon the proper authorities of Mt. Clemens. Why did tliey not do their duty, and send this youug, homeless girl to the school at Adrián orColdwater, before she was lead to ruin by some man- either young or old- of Mt. Clemens? There are proper places for such children, and proper authorities to see that they are taken care of. This contemptible practice some people have of elurring the cliurch and church people whenever such incidents as the above are brought to light, is reprehensible. Why didn't the man who wrote the above article see that the cliild was properly cared for ? He probably was as well acquainted with the circumstances as were those he inveighs against -and he could probably have been the means of securing a permanent and good imB for her had he set himself about it. But no, he must wait until it Is too late, and then fling some ill-will at Christians because they didu't do what he hlmselt liad neglected to do. A History of the ÜDiversity has just appeared froiu the pen of Miss Elizabeth M. Farrand. Ia a few respects il will be yaluable to a future historian, for it undoubtedly rescues from oblivion some facts likely to be lost sight of. In other regnrds, a future historian, who would think because it is called a history that therefore it must be a true statement of facts, would be not a little deccived. 'Things are not always what they seem. Skinimed milk often niaíquerades as cream." The author is unfortunate in two ways: First, in au evident inability - fatal to any would be historian - of justly weighiiig conflicting ideaf. In the second place, .she was in too close contact with certain actors in a great fight not to have a decided bias, whicb she Iets assert itself in her pages. This leads her to mouth nickii.'itni'.-, aftcr the manner of a street Arab ; lo impute unworthy motives to ai: honorable body of regents; to catch up from the lips of corrupt men ttieir self-dtfensive counter-cry of corruption; to asperse t.hf llirttivpa nf n lfriltí ti vt pnmmittoo upon wliose support the very life of the uiiiversity depend; and further, to impute to the largest religión body in the state a policy which with better cause could be laid at the doors of at least two othcr denominations. It is not our ntention to keep alive old animosities or to discuss long-past struggles from a partisan standpoint, Tet we can not be silent when the motives of honorable men are traduced, or when punUhed crime is condoned. When others seek to tarnish the inemory of men who have done much for the University, it shall not go without notice in these columns. This so-called history is decidedly unfair where it ought to be just. It remains to be seen whether itg partisan character gives it a sale. The Detroit Free Press tries to scofe a point for its party in favor of a non-partisa.ii judiciary in its support of Judge Cooley, at the hands of a democratie state convention. The F. P. better wait until any republioan journals have asked the democrats to endorse their candidate. The central committee lias decided to hold a republicnn state convention at Lansing, on Wednesday, March llth, to nomínate a justlce of the supreme court, and two regents of the university. The question of the unconstltutlonallty of the Edmunds'dynaniite bill introduced in the senate, is being discussed 1 y and througli the newspapcrs, somc lawyerg and editora conteuding one way, somc another, but the cool-headed ones generally concluding it to be contrary to the provisions of the coustitution. It ia a qiie.-üoM of state riglits, and rcsolves itself luto this proposition : Have the various states of the Union the right to enact their own lawi relative to the punishment of crime, or is tt a perogative of the general governnient? While not bcing a monomaniac upon the question of state rights, we belicve that every state can, should and does provideitsown punishmcut for crimes committed withiu its borders, and that there is no more excuse for the general goverment inteifering when rnurders are committed with dynamite as an agency, than when revolvers or bowle knives are used. The states ought to get toguther and make it unconstitutional for the senators and representativos wbom they send to congress to enact their laws, to go off half-cocked. Such a provisión, if it could be enforced, would save a gieat deal of humiliation. The use of dynamite is cruel and cowardly in the extreme. It Is a species of barbarism and should be stamped out with vigor, but each state can apply its own remedy. And It ia none of our business what England's subjectó do in their wn country. That's the point in this matter.


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