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Day
7
Month
August
Year
1874
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Mr. Moulton haafinally consented in response to an earnest demand made by Mr. Boecher uud with the consent of Mr. Tilton, to appear before the Plyinouth Church Comuiittee, give his evidenceand present the papers in his keeping, conditioned on his being permitted a phono, graphio reporter of his own choosing, ior his own protoctiou. He named Saturday evening, so that theie is aome hope that daylight will bo let into the investigation : that is if Moulton does not niake the thing darker than ever. Tilton gives the coinmittee notice that he will have nothing more to do with thein, and says that he has instructed his lawyer to take the matter into the courts. - On Monday the Detroit Tribune was frank enough to say of (Senator Morton's Terra Haute speech, that " its argument that tho general character and average tendencias of Kepublicanism is far superior to those of the Demooracy is simply unreasonable." And on Tuesday, in imitation of the cow that always kicked over a good pail of milk, it puts in a claim that it wrote unanswernble instead of " unreasonable." Which does not speak much for its intelligence. ■ - The Coldwater Hepublican calis iu question the consistency of those Republican journals which condemned tho inflation votes of certain members of Congrcss (say Begole, Bradley, Burrows, Conger, Field, Hubbell, and Williams,) and yet favor their renominarion. When our coteniporary has been a Republican editor a little longer he will neither look for nor expect consistenoy on the part of his brother Republican journalist. It is not good capital. - The end of the Tilton-Beecher investigation is not yet ; the committee is still at work, the reporters are interviewingeverybody who ever heard of the parties concerned, and the whole disgusting details are given to the public daily. An open confession of adultery by the accused would not have deinoralized the general public half as much as the inethod resorted to prove hia innocence. - Mrs. Stanton has proven herself - in her haste and eagerness to unbosom herself to the reporters, touching the TiltonBeecher scandal - lacking both sense and sensibility, in fact, a first class scandalmonger. Her shadow, Miss Anthony, with more discreetness, refuses to open her mouth, which usually " shoots off " at the least provocation. Does her silence come of an indisposition to contradict Mrs. Stanton ? - It was the King of Spain, who, " with twice ten thousand men, marched up the hill and then marched back again." Maj. Fox and companies A and C, Michigan militia, have performed a similar feat, having marched (by steamer and rail) to the Lake Superior mines and back again. No blood shed, and no charges made - except upon the rations and treasury of Marquette County. - George Gordon or Lord Gordoii, who has heretofore kicked up no little excitement both in New York railroad and financial circles and at Manitoba, has " passed in his checks." He did it by blowing his brains out in his own room, at his ownresidence at Headingly; and just because he had been arrested by two Engli8h detectives. It is Train's turn next. - The Boston Globe, Bepublican, has the impertinence to suggest that the national capitol should be removed to Long Branch, to accommodate the officers who have to go there daily to consult the President and procure his signa, tnre to important papers. Better put it on trucks. - Theodore Tilton persists in saying that his wife is the " whitest souled woman living," yet refusea to withdraw his charge of adultery, and, Mrs. Tilton being authority, has also charged her with adultery with other men than Mr. Beecher. Tilton's ideas are as contradictory as his stories. - At Kalamazoo there is a speek of trouble in the Eepublican camp, and J. H. Stone has gone out of the Telegraph, because he is opposed to the tion and re-election of Julius Ceesar BurrowB (the " Colunibian Orator ") to Congress. But Burrows bas carried all of the priniaries. - We go to press without any news from " The Peoples' Eeform Convention," held at Lansing yesterday. There are no indications, however, that it was either a very large or a very enthusiastio bodv. - The Vioksburg election passed oLF peaoeably on Tueaday ; to the great diagust of Gov. Ames who wanted United States troops sent down there to control imaginary disorderly persons. - The steamer Pat Rogers was burned on the Ohio River, near Aurora, Indiana, Wednesday morning, and twenty passengerslosfc, mostly ladies. - The North Carolina State election - for Superintendent of Public Instruction, Circuit Judges, members of Congress, etc. - took place yesterday. - Frank Walworth, the parricide, has been adjudged insane and removed from Sing Sing to the New York State Asylum for insane convicts. That, with the animal meeting of the National Educational Association; the annual meeting of the Germán National Teachers' Association ; and the annual meeting of the American Dental Associatiou, this has been a lively week in Detroit. We cannot find space for even the briefest synopsis of the proceedings of the soveral bodies. It hascrowded the several dailies to keep up with the doings of each day, excluding even the usual amount of Beecher-Tilton scandal rumors and interviews. The Rei'üblican Congressional Convention for this district has been called to be held at Adrián, on Tuesday, August 2öth. As Waldron is already the same as renominated the convention is one merely of fortn. The Republican Couuty Convention, to send delegates to the State and Congressional convention, is to be held ia this city on Wednesday, the 19th inst. A Water Works Company has been organized in this city, with Chas. Tripp, President ; C. H. Riciimond, Seoretary ; and Emanxjel Mao, Treasurer. Application was made to the Council on Monday evening last, for an ordinance giving the company the use of stroots, etc, as provided by law. The company designs to supply the eastern portion of thü city with pure spring water. There being n prospect of general Water Works we wish success to this company. Po the Michigan Aeoís. The appointment of James McMahon, Esq., as the County Agent of the Board ot' State Conumssioners for the General Supervisión oí' Charitable, Penal, Pauper and Keforniatiiiy Institutions, was mentionod in the lust issue of this paper. ïho Uw under wliich the ppointment is made (general acts passed at the regular se.ssion of 1873, No. 171) is undoubtedly opon to the uritioism exprossed. It is in Bonie parta indefinito, and in the close of Sec. 2, bears evidenoe of careless uinendment trom the original draft. Yot the purpuno of the appointment ia clear. The agent is to act, " whcnevor a complaint is made or pending againsfc any boy or girl uuder the age ot l(i years, for the couiimssion of any ofïense not punishable by law with imprisonment for lifo." In such case, " it is the duty of the court or magistrate bofore prooeeding to hear or determine the case, to give notice in writing of the pendoncy thereof to said agent, who shall have opportuuity allowed him to investígate the charge or charges, and after receiving such notice, the agent shall immediately Xroceed to inquire into and make a full examination of the parentage and surroundings of the child, and of all the faets and circumstances of the case, and report the same to the court or magistrate.'' ïhereupon, conference must be had with said agent, with a view to suitable dispo8ition of the case. As the result, the boy or girl inay be " returned to parents or guardians or friends, may be sent to the Eeform School, or to a house of correction," or, " the agent may be authorized under the advice and approval of the Judge of Probate of the county, to bind out such child." Now, here is a definite purpose of great importance in a reformatory system for juvenile offenders. It has been too inuch the custom to readily sentence minors to the Eeform School. A House committee in their report to the last Legislature state, " We are of the opinión that suitable provisión is not made for the defense of boys charged with crime. Under the present law any boy may be arrested for the slightest offense, brought before a magistrate, and alinost upon an exparte hearing be convicted and sentenced to the Eeform School until he is tweuty-one years old. Instances have been brought to our notice where boys have been complained of by their parents and sentenced to this school simply to get rid of them, and thus be released from their support." The committee recoinmend such legislation as this law provides. The act evidently aims at another needed reform in the administraron of the Eeform School, vis. : that children shall not be sent there too young. No one can visit that school without being painfully struck with mere children being mingled with those mature in age, as they are capable of maturity in crime. The best observers of this whole system of treatment of juvenile offenders have oommented severely on this feature in such houses of correction. The law very wisely allows what we may cali a non penal disposition of a young offender, and appoints an offiuier to look into the case beyond what may be expected of a magistrate, that such disposition may in cases be made. The aot further constitutes the agent a guardián of all children who may have been indentured by any State board or officer of the State, requiring him to investígate as to the management, condition and treatment of such children, and giving him authority where abuses exist. On application for a child in any State institution the removal may not be made until the agent in the county of the applicant has been informed, and bas made a report. Further, on the release of a boy from the Eeform School the agent in the county to which he belongs must be notified with a view to " assisting him in procuring suitable employment and a good home freo from immoral and evil influences." Now, all these are worthy purposes, i and with competent agents the law ; not fail of benefioial result. Por the last six years Michigan has been steadily working at a system of imprisonment for her penal and pauper institutions. Necessarily mucii is tentative. Somethings may bo done iniperfeetly and some injudiciously. But let us uphold all good intention, and have patienoe. This very act will probably need sonie ainendment the coming winter. G. D. G. The Ypsilanti Commercial says that J. Webster Childs will not accept the invitation of the spider to walk into his parlor (not exactly Pat's language), that is, that he will not accept a nomination for Seeretary of State : which will greatly relieve Holden. ■ Democratie State Coiivention. We publish in this issue the cali of the Democratie State Central Committee for a State Gonvention to be held at Kalainazoo, on Thursday, September lOth, to nomínate a State ticket. Each county is entitled to four delegates for each Representativo, and each organized county to at least two delegates. County Committees are requested in calling County Conventions to " extend a cordial invitation to all opposed to the corruptions and misr rule of the party in power to particípate in the primary meetings held to elect delegates." We supposo the object of having four delegates to eacn .Representativo, and ol iuviting all opposed to " corruption and miarule" to particípate in the primaries is to secure hannony among all eloments of opposition, and to unite upon a singlo ticket. We certainly hope that this oourse will be adopted. Wo regard this as an invitation to Liberáis and Independents to partioipation in the priuiaries, and to equal representation in the Convention. This course ought to secure harmony, and certainly renders it possible. If ws rightly interpret this cali there ought to bo no possible doubt of a harmonious result, and a united campaign. . We regard this as all-important. Concessions of mere party prejudice must be made that will secure harmonious action and a united front against Grantism, Butleri8tn, Chandlerism, Sanbornism, and all the long train of siokening corruptions whioh are destroying the country. Whatever may be tne result in regard to State tickets, there certainly ought to be a unión upon Congrossional, Legislative, and county tickets. We think we can epeak with some confidence of what will be the course of Ingham County. From considerable familiarity with the views of Demócrata, Liberáis, and Independents in the county, we think it entirely safe to predict a united front on Legislativo and county tickets. Ingham County can be carried by the opposition this fall if harmony prevails in the councils, and if all the elements of the opposition are united upon one ticket. This is the universal desire, so far aa we know, amone those who desire purity and

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