The coming fair of Washtenaw Uounty proraises to be one of unusual interest. So far as the offioers and ooinmittees in charge are able, they will inake it a success, judging from what has already been done. In the first place a very large and heavy premium list has been prepared, inclnding everything that the farmer, mechanio or merohant produces or deals in. As an example we turn to the list of premiums for cattle and find that forty-nine prizes are offered, amounting to For horses we find a still better showing, as $579 will be given away as an iuducement for men to show to their neighbors their strong teams, carriage horses and fast trotters. Not only will cattle and horses erceive attention, but also, implements of all kinds, cabinet ware, wagons, etc, fruit, vegetables, domestic manufacturesi aud even the aesthetic tastes of visitors will be looked after with flowers and paintings; the little girls are called upon to compare their work in stockings inittens, mats, outfits for dolls, etc., and we find that class 33 oalls for sweotineats, and will give away $30.50 in premiums. In the second place, as an encourageïnent to patrons of the fair, it may be said that the most ampie arrangements have been made for the a.ccommodation of stock free of charge, and for all artiticles that may be brought upon the grounds for exhibition. Strangers and visitors will receive cnreful attentiou, and be provided with all the int'ormation desired, ooncerning anything upon the grounds. It may not be necessary to say anything regarding the necessity of attending these annual fairs, for the very fact that they collect and exhibit the best productions of the county, ought to induce every citizen to be present. It is more than a satisfaction to an earnest man to know that the county has some ■ thiug to brag of, it is an encourageinent, and he will go home resolved to outdo his former efforts. Henee attendance at an exhibition of this kind is not only a personal gratification, but also a public benefit. Farmers especially, are often too loth to bring out what is of real interest and worth. There are hundreds of head of cattle and sheep an abuudance of grains and fruits, as well as ingenious devices to lessen the labor of the farmer, of real worth and interest, that are left at home, simply because there is a doubt of there winning a premium. Now, this ought to be a consideration of the second order. Acknowledged worth in an artiole is inducement enough to place it on exhibition. Again thiB occasion furnishes an excellent qpportunity of meeting and talking over methods of work and qualities of machinery and tools, with friends and neighbors. Some plan that one has used, may be known to another and of real worth to him. No testimony in favor of an article is of so much worth as the verbal recomineudation of one who has used it. So our annual fair may be made a thing of great profit, and we hope to see it well patronized. The Stonecutters' Union of Chicago has just furnished an evample of the evil which such organizations inflict both on general business interests and on the workmen themselves. Owing to the cheapness of materials in that city, a large amount pf building bas been going on there notwithstanding the dnll times ; and this, of course has been of advantage to the business of the oity at large. The average wages of stonecutters bas been f2 75 a day, the best workmen getting more and the less skill. ful ones less. The Stouecutters' Uniou was not, bowever, satisfied with this condition of aftairs. First it induced the County Commissioners to pass a resoluprohibiting the use, in the new Chicago Court House, of stone which had been prepared by convict labor, on the ground that honest workmen should not be oompelled to come in oompetitiou in reepeot to their wages with prison prices. This request having been granted the Union at once ordered a strike, with a demand for three dollars a day for every stonecutter without regard to the efflcienoy of his labor. The Tribune of that city says the result will probably be the speedy addition of two hundred or more men to the number of the ununemployed, and, of coarse, a eorresponding deoreaBe in building operations. The famous Elgee ootton claim against the government was settled last week by the payment in full of $266,000 at the Treasury office. The case is thus stated : In the last days of the war the Federal soldíers attacked a party of rebels who were defending a lot of cotton on the plantation of a man named Elgee, in Mississipi, drove back the rebels, seized the cotton, and turned it oer to a United States Treasury agent, who sold it and turned the proceeds into the Treasury. After the war, Elgee, who claimed to have owned the cotton, brought suit against the government in the Court of Claims for $500,000, and obtained judgment for $266,000. The Treasurer appealed the case to the Supreme Court, when the decisión of the Court of Claims was affirmed. BoME California capitalists are organizing a "national telegraph coinpany," which proposes to transmit dispatches of ten words within 250 miles for from 10 to 25 cents, and its highest charge will be $1 for miles or over. If this enterprise does not get devoured by the cormorant monopoly the Western Union line, it may be able to oompel a great reduction in telegraph rates. _ _ A. C. Buell, against whom proceedings are now pending in the Unitec States Court at St. Louis for the alleged libeling of Senator Chandler is about to take the sturap in Ohio against the Eepublioans and make an exposé of the influences which brought into exist'ence the so-called Poland Gag-law and the purpose whioh it was designed to subsurve. He will treat the subject from a newspaper oorrespondent's itundpoiut.