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House - if, indeed, there be any Democratie leaders in that body- made two or three glaring mistakes in the management of the amnesty bill and disoussion last week. The first was by Mr. Kandall, in introduoing the bill on his owb motion, expecting to control it during its considerrtion, the same as if it had been reported from the committee. This gave so shrewd a tactician as Mr. Blaine the vantage ground at once. The second was in refusing to permit Mr. Blaine to offer his amendment excepting Jeff Davis from its provisions, and requiring preliminary applications and oaths. We know that neither Mr. Blaine nor his Eepubiican associatos have any special claims to courtesy or magnanimity beyond wbat the rules of the House require. We romember the iron rod which they have held for years over the Democratie minority. We know that they have never hesitated to oall the previous question, shut out amendments, and cut off debate, and that the law of " au eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," may be applibd to them with the strictest justices. But we are no believer in gag law, no friend to the previous question, when used to put through bilis on their first introduction and without giving reasonable opportunities for consideraton and amendmont. We hope that the Democratie majority will not f all into the dld ways and customs of their opponents. - customs more honored in their breach than in their observance. The third mistake was made in not calling the previous question when Mr. Cox conoluded his reply to Mr. Blaine. Mr. Cox eaid nothing that needed toning down or taking back, and the position in which he placed Mr. Blaine, by showing up his record in the last Congress, effectually checkmated him, had the debate stopped there. This third mistake permitted Mr. Hill to make a speech, which, whatever truth there was in portions of it, he had botter left unmade. We know that Mr. Blainn, in imitation of the bully of the old log school house in the country, years ago, spit upon a chip, put it on his shoulder and dared some " confedérate" fellow to knook it off. The temptation to gratify him was no doubt great, but discretion is sometimes the better part of valor, and silent contempt the best response to ill-timed or unjust assaults. It was only necessary to point to the record of Mr. Blaine and his party, to their failure to proseoute and punish Jeff. Davis when a prisoner and under indictment , and to the fact af terward cited by Mr. Seelye (Ind. Eep.), of Massachusetts, that amnesty was for political offenses and not for the crimes charged upon Mr. Davis. Silence under such provocation, or a moderate reply, disavowing for the South the offtmses charged upon Mr. Davis, without calling out " you are another," would have been true wisdom in Mr. Hill. Again, silence is oftentimes the best way to " answer a fooi according to his folly." Mu. Holman having failed on Monday to induce the House to suspend the rules and adopt a resolution instructing the Committee on Banking and Currency to bring in a bilí repealing the socalled resumption act of January 14, 1875, we trust that he and h8 Democratie friends will let negativo legislation of that kind alone. Economy in all department8 of the Government, cutting down salaries and expenses, a revisiuu of the tariff in the interest of revenue, prohibiting the Secretary of the Treasury selling gold, and requiring it to be hoarded by both the Government and the banks under reasonable restrictions as to percentage, etc, will bring greenbacks up to par before the date named in the bill sought to be repealed, and without commercial or business convulsión. Positivo and not negativo legislation is what is wanted. We are pleased to see the names of Messrs. Durand, Potter, and Williams in the list of nays on Mr. Holman 's resolution. Nct 8ATISFIED with degrading the currency of the country by making irredeomable greenbacks a legal tender, the Kcpublican financial tinkers now propose to degrade both the gold and 6ilver coinage. Witness the resolution introduced by Senator Shermun oa Mooday, looking to a treaty with Great Britain establishing " a common unit of raoney." It proposes the dollar as the unit, and provides that the coiu of that denomination shall "be formed of standard gold, nine-tenths pure metal and one-tenth copper, or copper and silver alloy. Five of these now dollars to be the equivalent of L1 sterling." Other gold ooins of various denominatioas, conforming to the standard, to be issued and made a legal lender in both countries. The pound sterling is now worth in United States gold coin $4.85, and the new coin will be depreciated or degraded 15 cents on every f 5, or three per cent. That is one way to bring greenbacks up toward par. The Detroit Post, being so accustomed to folio w a leader that it imagines every - body else is in leading strings, hauls Gen. Williams and Mr. Durand over the coals for voting against the Blaiiio amendment to the Amnesty bill, and then for the blll, and charges that Mr Hill, of Georgia, is " the champion ' they followöd. Suppose Mr. Hill did make a foolish speech, and was thorned by Mr. Blaino into being as ultra as the ex-Speaker hiinself, is that an indication that Gen. Williams er Mr. Durand had no mind of his own ? The Post will 8carcoly make any capital against ao good a soldier as Gen. Williams by its venomous assaults. A meetixo of the Democratie National Committee has been called to be held in Washington on the 22d of February, to consider the time and place of holding the National Convention and make the cali. We Tote for Chicago or Cleveland. A LETTER writer from Washington to the New York Times assumes to give a list of the oíd and new attnches of the House postoffice, indicating the Union soldiers in the old foi'ce and the Confedérate ones in the new, thereby supposing that a point is scored against the Democracy. In the list of Mr. Sherwood's (the old postmaster) subordinates, we notice tho nnuio of " R. P. Bishop, Michigan, lost an arm in the Union army." Mr. Bishop was a Union soldier ; Mr. Bishop liil, lose an arm in the service ; Mr. Bishop wa on Mr. Sherwood's staff; but Mr. Bishop has rwt been removed by Mr. Sherwood's suocessor. Mr. Bishop carne to his home in this city immediately after the holiday rece8S a yoar ago, having in fact been here most of the preceding fall, - and has not been on duty in Washington since. In April, 1875, he was eleoted an alderman of this city, was admitted to the bar, and opened a law office. Early in the suminer he reBigned the office of alderman and removed to Ludington and entered upon the practice of law, with no intention of retuming to Washington, and has not since been on duty there. If his name continued on the pay-rolls of the House until Mr. Sherwood's term expired, the Republican officials and Republican journals would do well to cover the fact up rather than parade him before the country as a victim of the Democratio guillotine. ■■ i i mm ■ - i i . - - The Detroit Tribune says that the Evansville'(lnd.) Democrat has " a spasm oí aonse," and quotes this in evidence : "The House made its first miatake yesternay, or rather the Demócrata will be held reBponsible for itunless tliey prompt ly repudíate the bloviation oí oíd Ben. HUI, of Georgia, which disgraced the House of Kepreseutatives." Why didn't the Tribun finish the quotation, as follows : " The Republicans shouM hosten to do i similar work for Blaine. This is no time for such folly." " Sauoe for the goose is sauce for the gander " is a proverb we commend to our cotemporary. " Henry H. Smith, well known as a protege of Gov. Blair and compiler of the census statistic9 of this State for 1870, has been appointed clerk of the war claims committee of the House at Washington." - Lansing Republican. Not exactly. Mr. Smith was appointed a clerk of that ceinmittee during the Forty-second Cougross, and reappointed during the Forty-third Congress. He hns now been appointed printing clork of the IIouso. The Republican shouldn't be so many years behind the times. In THE Supreme Court, on Tuesday the regulating liquor law - the minor and drunkard act - was unanimously held constitutional, Sunday clause and all. ■ The contest in the Kentucky Legislature, for United States Senator, termiiiated on Tuesday, ex-Representative Beek winning the prize. A good selection. ALL SORTS OF PE3Í-SCRATCHES. - Congress is fooling away a great deal of valuable time in considering, either in committees or sessions of either branch, the numerous proposed constitutional amendments changing the term of office of the President, or limiting the number Of terras. No such amendment is necessary or desirable : that is to our notion. A four years' term is long enough for most Presidonts, - and six years might be unendurable. And besides the people ought to be free to say whether they will reeleot a President. A President who will not give the country the best and most honest administration in his power, with the people free to re-elect him, would have little or no incentive to a pure administration if limited to a single term simply by constitutioual prohibition. - At the close of the war, and after General Grant, acting under the advice of President Lincoln, had guaranteed pardon and amnesty to all rebels in arms, Jeff Davis was arrested and imprisoned. If he did not come within the amnesty, and if he was responsible for the outrages and enormities at Andersonville, - outrages and enormities not to be eicused or belittled, - why was he not tried by court martial or in a criminal court, convicted, and punished ? Then was the time to deal with his crimes ; and when Mr. Blaine has accounted for this delay he will give a better reason than he yet has for making him an exception to general amnesty. - Isn't caught in that trap : the President denies having written a letter to be read at the coming Republican National Convention, declining to be candidate for a third term. He knows that if Blaine can keep the fires of soctionalism and hate burning from now to the 14th of June, hie (Grant's) chances are better than those of any other Republican candidate. Blaine evershot the mark. - A council having rcfused to " sanction the dissolution of the pastoral relations between Rev. Geo. R. Merrill and Plymouth Church," Adrián, his resignation has been withdrawn, and the church, by just the necessary twothirds vote, has concurred in such action. It is given out that certain Universalists, Unitarians, and Spiritualists, mombers of the " society," are responsible for the financial difficulties. - The Scioto (Ohio) Qazette says " The Republioan party is not going to commit hari-kari this blessed centennial year of American Independence." Not if Blaine can make the average Northern voters believe that a now rebellion and the re establishment of slavery will result unlcss he is elected President. That is what his speech on the amnesty bill meant. - Mr. Noble, Secretary of the State Centennial Board of Managers, reports applications from Michigan furnituro manufacture alone sufficient to iill the entire spaee allotted to the State. If there is like activity in other branches, there will have to be either an inflation of general space or a contraction in the desires of the furniture men. - "An ebony headed silver cane " : that's the kind of cane the Lansing Republican says was recently presented to Bro. Nisbett, the retiring editor of the Pontiac Bill Potter. " - Thig is the shot a Eepublican scribbler fires at the New York Tribune, just because it doesn't announce itself a Democratie organ : " The New York ! Tribune is drifting into antngonigm , ward the Democratie party. Ratlike, it is prepared to leave the ainking : 3hip." Is that generou8 treatnient of a ' returning prodigal son ? - At the recent Farmers' Institute held at Rochostor, Oakland Co., President Abbott, of the Agricultural College, gave an address upon " Industrial Education," in which he said, " Miohigan University has always been the first and foremost to neize upon that which is useful and practical." A desorved tribute. - Our daily exchanges - New York and Detroit alike - all record Mr. Saunders, Republican, of Indiana, as voting for the Amnesty bill. Now, there is no Mr. Saunders in the House, he donH hail from Indiana, and he isn't a Repnblican, and is, therefore, not to be credited with any such magnanimity. - The President is reported as thinking that the discussion of the Amnesty bill " has seriously [crippled the Democrats." The public will be so glad to know that the President does " think " ocoa8Íonally, that the Democrats will cheerfully forgive bis conclusions. - The selection of Cincinnati as the place of holding the Republican National Convention is recarded aB a tory of Bristow and Morton over Blaine. Well, judging froin 1872, Cincinnati is nota first claas placo to organizo a victory in. - The Springfield Repvblican counts out Blaine, Conkling, and Morton, and names only Grant, Bristow, and Washburne as entered for the Presidential race. And this since Blaine's speech on amuesty and Grant's and Washburne's letters of declination. - The Cincinnati Enquvoer says that the battle of New Orleans " was a uscli-ss and wanton battle ; " and the State Register (111.) rises up and maliciously iusiuuates that the Knquirer can't faigive Gen. Jackson for being a hardmoney man. - Gov. Carroll, just inaugurated in Maryland, is a grand-son of Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, ono of the signers of the Declaration of Independencc. üf courso he is a Durnocrat. - The Paw Pnw Courier has stolen the march on the Detroit Post, by nominating Zack Chandler for Presidont. There is nothing like being on time.


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