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L;ist Saturday the convention called te consider the question ofj holding an eleetion to vote upon prohibition in this county under the new law, convened al the court house. There was a goodlj attendance. Qeo. 8. Wheeler, of Salem, being made chairman, and H. Holmes, of this city, secretary. A committee nppolnted to recommend what action it was best to pursue did not seeni to be very enthusiastic In favor of submitting the queetion at once, and so their report was not adopted, but in ita place the following substituto: Rttolvtd, That lt Is the expresslon of this meeting that the best interest of temperance demand that lraraodlato action be taken to canvass the eounty of Washtenaw under the local optlon law of the state and that a vote be takeu on the subject at the earllost oppor tunity. The question belng before tho house quito a nuraber spoke upon it. Iïev. Holmes, ofChelsea, thought it prudent not to make too great haste In this matter. He feit that a íailure now would be a bad thing tbr the future. He had understood that the liquor men were anxlous for its submlssion at once, belleving that lt would be impossible to carry it and that the saloons would then havo three years more of life. Smithe, of the Ypsilantian, feit very much as Mr. Holmes did, and gave the votes in the ten counties that had carried it showing the per cent. of gain, and basing this county on that per cent. we should certainly fail, by a large majority. He thought lt wiso to walt for a year, pcrhap8, In8tead of being defeated and obliged to wait three years. Mr. Ed. Shaw, of Ypsilanti couldn't walt. He was young, vigorous and enthusiastic and could brook no delay in this matter. Delays were dangerous. He pictured the prospect with a roseate glow. He thought it a disgrace that Wa8htenrw county, the seat of the great normal school, and containing a wonderf ui business college, and incldentally he might mention also a university within her borders, should hesltate for a moment on this question. When prohibition was 8ubmitted before he understood that some of the professors at Ann Arbor had opposed it, but they would n't do it now; in fiict he dared them to oppose it this time If it was submittt-d. And closed bil speech demanding an immediate election in behalf of the fathers and mothers of tuis land. J. Austin Scott thought that the question would carry now. He believed that there were more than 1,000 men in the county who had voted against it before who would vote for it now. E. M. Foote of Ypsilanti was fierce for immediate action, and aserted that nlnetenths of tho;e who voted against it then would vote for it now because the supreuie court had decided that the people could notbe held for the value of the property of the saloon keeper made valueless by cnacting the law. Kev. Mr. Breed thought now was the time to strike for God, home and our native land. John Schumacher didn't expect to say anything, but he had in his hand a cali for an election signed by 200 men who had voted agaln9t the amendment and would vote for it now. He believed that right here in Ann Arbor the majority against the amendment would be reversed, for now it was brought dircctly to a vote for or against the saloon. Mr. D. B. Taylor of Chelsea was ready for the fiht now. A year from now he thought the sour top candidatos who had been defeated in the fall election would pitch into anything they could see and would defeat the propositlon then if nothing else would. Qeo. 8. Wheeler, of Salem, rather be defe;ited now than not to try. Some of the defeats in the rebellion were really successes, and so it would be with this. if defeat carne. Success was never ittained by cowardly nction. Aftor the tiilo hd st-t in uud all who could speak had done so, the substitute given above was cariied with a rush. The following county committee was then appointed to circuíate petitions'and push for votes : Aon Arbor lat ward- E. B. Lewls. " 2d " - A. H. Hoyce. " " 8d " - Qeorge Scott. lki " - John Schumacher. oth " -Spencer I,ennou. " 6th " - A. F. Martin. Ann Arbor town- John C. Mead. Augusta- J D Schultz. Hridgewater- Geo. Rawson . Kreedom- John Reno. Dexter- Wm. Smlth. Lima- M. Everett. Lodl- Edward Oiover. I.vndDn- riüis. ('uu 11. 'i. i. Manchester- Dr. A. B. Taylor. Northfleld- H. Lartvway. Pittefleld-D. Wltsey. Salem- Geo. 8. Wheeler. sullne- Wm. Dell. Sclo- J. L. smitli. Sliaron- M. L. Ravmond. Superior- F. Galpln. Syivan- D. B. ïaylor. Webster- Geo. W". Merrill. York- Alex Smlth. Ypsllantl- Win. Huston. Yjisilautl city lst ward- Dr. Bonsteel. " " Sd " - I'rof. AustinGeorge. " " 8d " -Dr. D. A. Post. " " 4th " - Kusrone Holbrook. " ' 5th " - s. W. Parson-, Then an executive committee of flve was appointcd as follows: BenJ. J. Conrad, Ann Arbor. J. Austin Scott, " " Samuel G. Miller, " John Schnmacher, " " J. 0. Kuowlton, " " After gome discussion as to time of adjournment it was resolved to adjourn to nest Friday, at 1 o'clock p. m. at the court house.


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