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The Temperance Campaign

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A large and enthusiaatic meeting was held in the M. E. Church on Wednesday evening, under the auspiees of the Ladies' Temperance Union - the audience and galleries being deusely packed. The meeting was presided over by the President of the Ladies' Union, Mrs. S. Eeed, and after music by the choir and prayer by Bev. E. Steele, was addressod by several ladies and gentlemen. The first speaker was Miss Emma M. Hall (of the Senior olass in the University), who discusaed for 15 minutes the position of woman, the obstacles direct and indirect she places in the way of temperance reform, and the duties which devolves upon her. It was a fine effort, both in matter and manner, and ouglit to have carried conviction home to the minds of many women present- old and young - who could not disavow all the sins of omission or commission cliarged at their door. Miss Sarah D. Hamlin, also of the same class, followed, and occupied the same length öï time in discussing some of the methods or measures necessary to promote the desired reform. Her suggestions as to home amusement and hospitalities, and as to the provisión ot places of innocent amusement and entertainment, were practica and worth consideration. Mrs. C. E. Pond followed and discussed feelingly and effectively the duties of fathers aud mothers - their obligation to watch more carefully over their aons. Her observations upon tlie number ot mere boys turned loose in our streets were too true, and as painful as true. After more music Dr. Angelí addressed the audience, saying that the ladies had given him his subject and limited his time. The subject assigned him was the right of the State to enact prohibitory laws, the ladies having been informed by saloon keepers that such laws were an infringement of their individual liberty. Dr_ A. compared such legislation with the laws taxing the propêty holder for schools, the lawa regulating sewers, pólice, etc., and said that the one rested upon the same basis as the other, and that the State could regúlate or suppress any business which tended to promote disorder or crime. - The expediency of such legislation was another thiug, not within the subject assigned him, and must be determined by tima and place. Prof. Olney was the Ia3t speaker. He ously called upon the ladies to " go on !" and upon all good citizens to identify themselves with the work. A motion'was made and earried asking the adies to take charge of the public meetings in the future, and theu after more good music the Eev. Mr. Taylor pronounced the benediction. A series of such meetings will do much to create a healthy tone and action, rto make temperance, aye, total abstinence, popular and f ashionable. That done the battle will be half won. At the last the temperance reform is working in the University. A meeting of the students was held in thejchapel on, Monday evening, and a committee of nine - six gentlemen and three ladies - appointed to confer with the faculty and invite co-operatiou. The same evening a petitiou was presented to the faculty, signed by 291 students of the Literary Department, asking that that body do all in its power to suppress the evil of intemperance in the University, in response to which the followiug resoluhon was adopted : " Resolved, That the faculty of the department of science, literature and the arts are gratified to learn from the petition presented by a large number of the under-graduates, that they are interested in the suppression of intemperance in this jnstitution and community, aud that this faculty will eamestly co-operate with the faculties oi the other departmeuts and with the students in eradicating the vice from the institution." We may express a hope that there will be unity of action iu the faculty, that every niember will join in recommending total abstinence as the only safe refuge for the young men under their instruction, and that not one will hesitate to join the students in pledging themselves to such a rule of life. " A little wine" may have been good for the stom ach of Timothy ; but teichers and professors and clergymen and men high in social position fcauuot wield a saviug influence and reserve to themselves the right to drink occasionally or moderately, even at home. The young men, in their charge or under their guidance, them for example as well as prccept, are away from home and home influences ; and, besides, have not reached the years of selfcontrol : if man ever reaches that point in a fair and square contest with the demon of the bowl, under - whatever name disguised. Better selfdeuial (or abstinence even from meat) than becoming a stumbling or causmg one's brother or pupil to offend aud fall. At Bay City salaries are somewhat larger than here. As just fixed by the Common Council of that city they are : City Treasurer, $1,100 ; Controller, $1,100 (no such officer here) ; Hecorder, $1,800 ; Attorney, $100 ; Marshal, $1,200. Her the salaries are fixed by the charter, and are : Treasurer, $100 ; Recorder, $300 ; Attorney, $100; Marshal $100. As policeman the Marshal gets $2 a day, and fees go to the city. At Bay City policemen are paid $50 a month ; here, $2 a day.


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