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The City Election

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A clear sky Monday morniug was above a deeidedly cloudy state of affaire ia this city. Despite the fact that the Republicans had shown a desire notonly to put up good mei), but also to put them up early, so that no excuse could be had for a third ticket, the extremista of the temperance people led on by the wily Democrats, who knew how to "play them," determined again to butt tbeir heads against a stone wall. So they had rushed around and scrambled together a ticket, which, aftera deal of uncertainty, their committee decided should be put up for the usual slaughter. Of course tliey did not expect to elect it, but then, sometlmes it is pleasant for one to inake a inartyr of himself, if he thinkshe is in the right, or can tliereby slay sorne one else wliom he suspects after all is nearer right than he. Now we have not a word to say against any one of their candidates, for all were most honorable, upright and irreproachable In character. So too, were the candidates of both the Republican and Democratie pwrtles. Therefore, where was the excuse for the third ticket, which no one supposed could be elected? There was a large vote and much slipping. For instance, in the First ward witli 417 votes cast, there were only 68 straight Republican votes and 30 straight Democratie. That was less than one in four voting without slips. It was that way all over the city. The results are that the Democrats elect their Mayor, John J. Robison, one of the mo6t popular men of their party The Republicans re elect George H. Pond, Recorder, by one of the largest majorities a Republican candidate has received here in many a year. We galn an aldernianjin the First and Second wards and lose in the Third and Fourth. In the Slxth, Prof. Steere on the Republican ticket, succeeds Mr. Biggs, making the new council stand as before 8 Republicans, 6 Democrats. Therefore, as the Republicans maintain their majority, and this too, in the face of a heavy defection to the ttiird ticket, it is a great triumph for us. And as to the third party scheme which was so skillfully engineered by the old time enemies of the Republican party, that caunot be worked much longer, for after a wliile the good men who have been led off will conclude that it is much better to t;tke what one can get rather than to waste time, energy and money in tlie unaviiiling strife after the unattainable. The Board of Tlegents of the University is now ibout the only board of state offlcers which indulges in secret sessions for the transaotion of business. It is true they do toot have all of their meetings with closed doors, but they do f requently shut out the public. Of late there is gaining prominence a desire on the part of the people to have their business carrtod 00 behind glass doors and witli no liostingon the glass. Even the Senate of the tT. B. isfeeling tliis pressure and in nll probabily will have to yielil in the end. Since tliisisso, why would it not be a good plan for the Board of Rogents to abolish its "executive session.'' "Our mission is to break up the republican party," said a prominent prohibitionist and "Citizen" party man, at the first ward polls Monday, "and the sooner we aOCOmplUb that object the happier we shall be." Now Bro. Bepublicans, who have fought the battlesof that grand old party for so many years, what do you thiuk about it? Are you ready to gee the republican party destroyed j usst to jilease a few agitators "who hope to win byit?" The commou council that passes out of exIttailM next Mondny night, has had more obloquy lieapcd upon it than any other council in onr metnory, but it is doubtful if any other council ever did more for the improvement and the miiterial' benefit of the city iban luis this very body of men. In the only two instances wherfl mcmhcrs acct'l'ted of reiioiniuations they wcre rc-tlt-cted by haudsome m.ij├╝iilies. If the republicaus will organize they will be ab!e to make some showing at the polls next fall. If they do not they will let the thing go by default, as usual.


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