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Shall We Have The Railroad?

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öonie ot our public spirited eitizens uided by a gentleman from Toledo, bare been engaged in 3ecuring pledges of aid for the continuation of the Toledo and Ann Arbor Railroad to Pontiao. With undauited persoverence they laborad until naarly enough monoy was promised to complete the alotnieut apportiosied to the peop)e of this city, supposing, at least beheying the farmers along the projected line would willingly dónate, or ask bnt a small price for tigbt of way. With this expectation Ihere wa every reason to believe no oblaole beset tbe early cousummation of ♦Lis desirable enterprise, an eaterprise bo ossential to tho future welfare of the city, and one that would prove advantageous to tbe farming population along the antieipated route. Every thinglooked lutringly for an outlet to the extensive ■wooded portion of Michigan, a connection with the Grand Trunk, thus placing ourselves on the line of a through route, and allyiug with a Corporation so etrong financially as to preclude any idea of being Bwallowed up by either of the great torporutions permeating the northern central stato8. But it is ascertained the right of way is going to coat much more than sntioipatcd, owners of the land expressing a determination to take no lens than large araounts, amounts greater by far than tho lands are worth. This is obatacle number ono, and, in order to secure the road such of our citizens as have subecribed will be called upon to increase tbeir subscriptious, and those who have hold back must add something to the oontribution. Obstacle number two is the rivalry of the friends of the ; siou of thu Ypsilanti road. They are making great efiforts, holding meetings along the liue and iufusing a spirit of iiction into the people likely to be benefitod. The duty of preparing the road for the iron rests upon Gov. Ashley. Xt is well knowu his means are largely inTested in the road from Toledo to this city. He needs and must have the hearty 0-operation of all our citizens to secure this road or the project will go the way of inuny others, and Ypsilanti will secure tbe trunk line. The Toledo road is too weak to withstand the sharp con:petition ita more poweiful neighbor is pushing upon it. Lefc us mention an iastance : Two years ago the freight on coal from Toledo to this city was $2.25 per ton. Last winter Mr. Hall paid the Michigan Central 55 cents for the samo oarriage. Do our citizena wish a return to the old rates 'i Not only are our citizens bcneflted by ft reduction in the price of coal, but the farmer is benefited by an increased price for his products. For the year ending June 1, 1878, 128,000 bushels of wheat were purchased in this city. For the year ending June 1, 1879, 480,000 bushels were purchased. What caused the increase? Notbing more or less than the increased price paid the farmers, this being a better market than localities about ub. It is estimated that producers recoived six cents per bushei more, amounting to nearly $29,000, than they ■would if the Toledo road was not in existence. Indeed an objection raised by a miller in this city to aid the new road, was, that he had to pay a higher price for whoat thereby reducing his profit, since the opening of a market via Toledo. To the farmors through whose lands the projected rcad will run, we say, be leasonable in your demanda on Gov. Ashley. Look at the benefits you have receivcd and take such action as will xnake them permanent. If you do not they will fly from you, and that soon. Cox, the murder of Mrs. Huil, says that he is a member of an orthodox Protestant churoh. He was brought up religiously by a pious mother. He has always beea a ohurch goer. He was listening to a sermón when the law laid its hand on him. Oddly enough, the subject of the sermón to which he was listening was the dreadful and eternal torments reserved in the next world for murderers and other sinners. He was asked by a reporter of the Sun whether this sermón made an impression on him ; whether it induced him to confoss his guilt. "No," answered the negro, "I don't 'sider that the sermón pressed on me at all. You don't seem. to remember that I go to church always ; I always have. My pastor will be 'stonished when he hears of this. No; that sermón didu't seeui to worry me. I'm used to "em." The next Methodist General Conference is expected to elèot several new Bishops, and the colored Methodists of Baltimore insist that one of these new Bishops should be a colored man. The oolored brethren argue that the 3,000,000 colored momber3 of the church are fairly entitled to a representativo on the Episcopal Board. It is expected that Bishop Gil Haven will second tjbe demand of the darkies with all his influence, but it ii not expected that the majority of the white clergymen will rejoice at the prospect of seeing a black Bishop in th ebair at Conference and of receiving their appointments at his hands. Beecher told the Society for the encouragement of moderation iu drinking, that it was only in his latest years that he had departed at all from thestrict requireiuentsof total abstinence. " It was left me," he said, "-to attain my sixtieth year beforo learning the taste of lager beer, and than it was taken not to work on, but to eleep on." It would take a whole keg, we fancy, to make Mr. Beecher sleep through anightpreceding the Fourth of July! The Ksw York Sun, referriug to John Sherman'a assessments in the Treasury for the Ohio caiapaign says : " The general belief is that more money will be expended i the cauipaign fall in Ohio thau was ever used before by the Kepublioans." After the Department lerks have all been seen, baukers, coniiaotors, and all who profit by the genrl dietress, ore to swell the corruption uti, en cali. i


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