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The New York World uses a column and a half in discussing the question, " What do we want with Cuba?" At the risk of shocking the progressive or " manifest destiny" school of politicifins we will answer in a very few words. We don't want Cuba at all. lts people are net fit to govern themselves and cannot do so, lacking unity of race, and it is not compatible with our system of governraent or our interests as a people to enter upon a colonial system. Cuban Senatora and Represen tati ves would be as much out of their element in Congress aiding in making laws for Michigan and the Northwest as are the carpet-baggers and negroos which now misvepresent the Southern States. No, we don't want Cuba, but we do want peace established in that island so that we inay profit by trading with it. - As several bilis are pending in Con gress to restore the frankiug privilege and to give newspaper publishers free exchange and free circulatiou in the county we have a word to say. Tho last is a " sop " to the press, and purchastble Congressmen, judging editors by themselves' think that it will dull the edge of ciiticism For one we cloii't bite. No more franking privilege, and no provisión for p tyiug postage on documenta which ought never to be printed. We will cheerfully pay postage on our ex cnanges - and save money by doing so, it' Congressmen can be kept from the postal crib by our example. As to free county circulation all we ask and all publishers generally ask is discriminating rates. It is legal extortion and rank injustice to exaot the saiue postage for delivering ihe ARGUS to a subscriber in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, or Dexter, etc, that is charged for delivering a mammoth New York, Boston, New ürleans or Sun Francisco Journal at the same office. ■ On that rook the Western and espeuially the "country " press should ground ïtself, do termiued to make it hot for any Couuressman who does not vote right. - The N Y, Evening Pont suggests three lesson that Cougressmen ought to learn duriug their holiday vacation : " These are that the salary act of the last session must be totally repealed so tVir as it can be constitutioually ; that retrenchmen', and not inereased taxation or debt, is the way out of the present Buancial difficulty of the governinent, iimi that the Senate ought to reject the ïimiiinaiion of Attorney-General for Clnet-Justice. But th-n the Post is what Butler, the leader of the saiaiy grabbers, would brand a"dnily sheet,' and besides it makes nnfottunate reference to the press as refleeting public opinión Congress is abovo public opinión and holds the press in contempt, as the Post ought to know. - In his little af er-dinner speech at the recent New England Supper in this city, Judge Walker descri'oed the jealous ies of the early Territorial judges wno were also law-makers ; told how one of the judges who was absent when a b itch of laws was enacted, and a sytupathizing associate, put their heads togeth er and declared them unconstitutional, and estimated that this was where the judges of our present Suprerne Court found a precedent for declaring laws they do not like unconstitutional. Has Judge W. lost a case ï - " Sound the hugag." Geu. Sickles is no longer to disgrace the country at the court of Spain. He has carried out his threat and rosigned, the President hasreluctantly accepted his resignation, and Caleb Cushing has been appointed to tlie vacant mission. Cuahing is an experienced diplomatist and in the present crisis is perhaps as good a man as could be sent to Spain. It is not yet announced what new place of honor and spoils will be assigned to Sickles. A teat will have to be provided for him. - Judge Durrell, the Grant-WilliamsKellogg tooi in fastening federal and radicül misrule upon Louisiana wants to resign and accept a first-cluss mission : to escape proposcd impeachment. The Judge should hold on with a steady grip never fearing his enemies or tradueers He has been a faithful administraron henchman, and his services may yet be needed in Louisiana. - Our genial friend Don Henderson says that his ship ch nal is to start frorn Siingatuck or thereabouts and make straight for the " head waters of Lik' Erie; but then Dun consider our sugses tion about the " hot water " a sneer. We regret that Don should be so obtuse : for without a hot water attachmeut hú canal would be wurthless j ust when wanted - The Third Assistant PostmastcrGeneral has carefully reviewed the esti mutes of that department, and don't think that they can be materially reduced. Perhaps establishing postal savings banks ank tiiking control of tho teleg'aphic. eystem of the country might increase the revenue. - Report credits Senator Cnrpetiter with saying thsit the nomiuation of Wil liams to be chief justice will not be con tirmed : which is to be taken with considerable allowance. A Senate which ccyild eleut Cnrpenter to be its President pro tem. ought not to higgle over Williams. - The St. Louis Democrat (Republican organ) intimares that Senator Booth may be the proper candidate for President in 1876; that is if the old Senators tread on his corns to rndely. And ' dares the Democrat flaunt a red rag in : the face of Grant? ! - In a stanza of Young concerning i Fame or " the love of fame," that poet says " the modest shun it but to make it sure," , and it may be with the same end in view ( :hat Forney protests thaf ho does not want to be Mayor of Philadelphia. ( - Moses W. Field the Detroit " boun' ty-grabber " has tendered a gift of $5,, 000 to the Park Commissioners with which to commence operations. Moses ' s prooably ignorant of the maxim, "Be ï ust bef oro being generous." - The secoud trial of ex-Mayor Hall, t 9f New York üity, was concluded last week by his acquittal. - The Supreme Court will meet in 'egular term, a Lausing, ou Tuesday i. 3Tt, Jacuary 6tt q


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