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On Tuesday The President Nominated

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Attorney-General "Williams to be Clnef Justice, thus settling a vcxed questioi but not Tery satisfactory to the countrj In fact tho nomination was coldly receiv ed by the Sonatf and laid over for th day, in face of tho long-time practice o promptly oonflrming a Senator or ex Senator without sending him to a com mittee. It is reported that Grant pre fered to appoint Justice Millei and intended to do so (to be taken wit some grains of allowance), but yielded t " sooial pressure ;" which explains a sen tenoe in a recent Washington let ter to the New York Oraphic, concerning "wivesof public men:" "Some wome drive thoir husbands up to the breach o: ashamedness, like a certain cabinet o'ffi cer's wife, of whom it is currently sau 1 She is a very prominent candidate fo the Justiceship.' " Mr. Williams is a native of New York and about 50 years old. At the early age of 24 years he was elected toa District Judgeship in Iowa, and in 1853 was sent to üregon by President Pierce as ChiefJustice of that Territory. At the crganization of the Republican party heswitehed offfrom the Democracy, and was rowarded with an election to the Senate in ' 1864. At the expiration of his term ho was retired to private lif'e at tho demand of his Stato, but was quartered upon the nation at large as Attorney-Gonci'al, in accordance with a Republican rule, - to pro vide for all partisans repudiated by their constituents. His career of Attorney-General has iiot markttd him as a great lawyer, but has furnished evidence that he is ready to interpret and construe both constitution and luw in the interest of party. - The appointment of Mr. Williams to be Chief-Justice is not a vcry ovorwhelming argument in favor of amending the Constitution of one State in the manner proposed by the Constitutional Commission. The President iudorses the recommendatiou of the Postroaster -General forsundry amendments of the postal laws, ainong them one providing f'or or requiring " prepayment of postage on newspapers and other printed raattor of the second olass." The postal legislation wül open the questions of f ree circulation in the country and free exchange of papers and periodicals. Now we do not propose to clamor in favor of any dead-heads, but we wish to warn Michigan inembers at least that they aro watched, and that Michigan publishers protest earnestly against being glanghtered to gratify the spite of congressmen for the loss of the franking privilege, or in the interest of publishers in the largo cities of the East or West. It is an outrago no botter than robbery to tax a small country paper in Michigan the same postage for froni 4 to 10 miles that is levied upon a mammoth New York journal carried across the continent. In the nevv postal law let both distance and weiglit be considered in fixing rates, or there will be a day of reckoning when next congressmen are voted for. PllESlDEXT Gkaxt proposes and recommends two aniendments to the Constitutiou : the first to authorize the veto of separate sections or provisions of biils, and to nrohibit. Iho-íoIo..;... inrmrtoit twenty-four hours of a session. A better and more radical amendiuent (radical in the direction of reform), and one absolutely necessary, would require every bill to have but a single object, and that to be expressed in its title :- the yeas and naya to be called on the final passage of every bilí, and a majority vote of all the rnembers elect required. This would kill the corrupt omnibus system of legislation, and stop absenteeisin and minority legislation. The sugrgested twenty-four hours' limitation strikes us as desirable. The second proposed amendment, lirniting legislation at an extra session of Congress to subjects named in the convening proclamation or presontod by special message frorn time to time is a good one, and corresponds with most of the State Constitutions,- certainly with all the newer ones. Discussing the Presideut's message, the Detroit Tribune is constrained to reruark : " We notice with regret that tho President endorses Mr. Cheswell's postal telegraph and postal Bavings banka schemes, the proposod National Uuiversity" job," and tha usoless, quinquennial census project of Secretary Delajto, and he - to his shame bo it - daubs a coat of white-wash over the rotten uerformances of the District of Coluinbia ring." The Tribune, while its hand was in, should have dissented from tho various recommendations which look toquartering any nuraber of plundering enterprises, canals, etc. upon the treasury for the benefit of " producers and consuinurs " - especially the consumers of the tributo money the government so liberally levies on the hard-pressed tax-payers of the country. On Wednesdny we gayo our city readers the Presideut's Message in a supplement, and to-day our county subscribers will get it in the samo f'orm. Wu havo no time for a general review, but tcuch upon several of its reooinmendationa in paragraphs. It is not a strong paper.


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