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Ann Arbor To Be Honored

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Our cltizcns are to have, during the summer, an opportunlty for cornmending their bospitality and their intelligence in a manner ncver before offered. ïbe " American Association for the Advanceraent of Science" which mcets liere for its 34tli session, on the 28th of August noxt, has paid our little city an unprecedented compliment, lts meetings have generally been aopointed for places of 50,000 inhabitants orover, though strangely, no meeting bas ever been held in New York. The different large cities that have received the association eeeui almost to have vied with each other in tle cordiaHty of their gieetings. But while the associutkm is thank ful for opportutiities to mingle In the society of the place of meeting, it considers that quite secondary. If it were not so, we niiglit contémplate with some terpidation the prospect of belnghost to the same guest who has been so royally entertained by Chicago, and Boston, and Montreal. Tlis Uutli is, the association will be pleased with a quiet busincss-like session. They trkd at fiist to step off to some remóte watering place, witli only fresh air, plenty to eat and comfortable hotels. But it happens that the last of August ia precisely the time when watering place hotels are least prepared to receive a conve'.ition. Luckily, that is the very time when our capacity for entertainment is least taxed. The association will remain in session oue week. We may expect about 500 of them. Tbcy will necd quarters and subsistence while they remain, but they lntend to pay for their accommodations. Many families, however, willbe pleased to invite selected guests to be quartered with them. The association embraces in its membership nearly all the names distinguished in American science. In addition to these, most of them bard workers who are still laying foundations for distmetion. Itisthe ambition of most young aspirants for scieutiüo adviincement to cnroll themselves auiong the veterans and promoters of science liere organized together. Contact with the aclual workers also have created some part of the science which has got into the books, is wonderfully stimulating and iinproving. Henee tliere are many amateun and young persons looking on and listenlng with all eagerness to every word that is said. One may Yell be astonisued at the uumberof woinen who flnd interest in these conventions. On tlie whole, it cannot be doubted that Ann Arbor will supply a largo atteudnnce of persons - men and women - who can show that they are good and inteiested listeners; a large number too, who will seek to have their names enrolled in the list of members. The common council, who joined their invitation to that of the university, will undoubtedly taKe some steps soon toward organization for the timely completion of all requisito preparations. A large, popular committee should be appointed by a public meeting of citizens. It should embrace h buodred of uur public spirited townspeople and professors. It should hare power to add to its number ; to organize in sub-committees for speeific branches of the preparation ; and u part or thls committee should consistof a committee of the common council, appointed specially to represent the city governincnt. There is yet ampie time to make nnrrmnrj airaogemenu, but it is not too early to begin to acquire Information and arouse our interest. If THE state of Michigan did not deal s nlgg&rdlT with tbe men whom it electst discharge the dudes of carrylng on th state government, it would not bave th humiliation of sceing a Rood official resig because he couldn't live on the salar pak) him, and so agrccd to divide with hi deputy a portion of the salary he receivec As we have often said, the salaries paid state oílkers iu Michigan aro a ilisgrac to the couimonwealth, and a constan .t atioii to secure by llleglti mate mean wli.-it sh.mld be frix'ly given by the peopl wlio employ. The idea of giving th superintendent of public instructio $1,000 per year and bis deputy $1,800 Isn't it a shmneï VVhy, no poor man, n matter how able and competent he ma lir, can take a state office in Michigan The governor, tor lottance, receives $1,00 salary, and he pays hia private secreiary $1,600! And Micliigan bonstsof her clv lization, ber great enliglilment! Hiih She Is to stingy to be honeat.


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