Ann Arbor, Dec. 30, 1885. To Editor of Courier :- The offlcers of the Fifth Ward M. E. Sunday school wish to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Uatnsey, and the many kind friends wlio so èenerously Uistd them ia their Cliristmas festivities. AUTHUR J. KlTSON, Supt. The horse block nends were out on the rampage last Monday night. With the couipliinents of Minor 8. Newell, commissioner, we have rcaeivcd the annual report of the State land office, for the year ending Sept. 30, 1885. S. A. Moran has been so successful in liis short hand enterprise tliat he has been obliged to orgunize a new class for beginners, which will commence Jan. 8. The Detroit Journal issued one of the hamlsomest New Year'a Greetings that has ever come under our visión. It Is a beauty and indientive of the strength and vigor of the present manngeinent of the Journal. Tliis s the time of the year that merchants set down quietly and wait for spring to come. Bach & Abel don't propose to do anything of the kind, but they have just introduced a slaugliter sale that will make the hearts of all puchasers glad, and that can't help but makc them boom. The attorney for Messrs. Goodhue and Birnie, Mr. A. W. Hamilton, insists that the sum of f 175,000 is a low figure for the cost of the water works which have been put in in this city. Well, perhaps he is right. If the company is content to make such a statement te the supervisors when the assvssmenr, s taken, no one ought to cnmplain, that's eertain. And then, too, it has its influence. Our Thursday contemporary acenses us of appropriating its list of improvements in Ann Arbor for the past year It's list and that of the Courier were as different as the iintipodes. But how about appropriating the Couribr's New Year's calling list, terbatim, ad IHeratim et punctuatim, complete, entire, word for word? That's all riglit, of course! There are other items in the same issue of our Thursday contemporary that look very familiar. Simeón Davis a local preacher of the colored Methodist church, living in the lat ward, died Sunday morning last, aged 42 yt'.-irs, of consumption. He was born in l'ennsylvanin, and his diwease wascontractcd while in the army. He leaves wife and three children. He was a useful man in his sphere, and very much respected by everyone who knew him, and li is people will miss him very much. A short time ago he rtceived a back pension of $1,500, which was well deserved. Funeral services held Tuesday.