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Hon. William H. Waldby

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The convention for the Second Cougressional district of Michigan, which met at Manchester August 24th, was one of the most harmonious and unanimous gatherings of the kind that perhaps ever assembied iu Michigan. There werc no "rings" or "cliques" to be satisfied or crushcd. The convention came together and with it thepulse of the people of the entire district which bas become so restless under the old party rule. The members of the conTentiou came together with but one purpose, and tbat was to put in nominat.on a man for the important position who uot only embodied all the requisites for the honorable and responsible office of representativo in congress, but also one who should stand before the people with a genuino, solid, unquestioned and unblciuished character as a man and a citizen. It seemed to be a neecssity that a man should be found who could stand before his constituents in the light of a truc reprtsentative, coming from the masses, without taint, and without having been put in training by a set of men to further some pet scheme or hobby, but one of whom it can be truly said "the offleo haf sought the man" and .vho, if elected, wili have in view only the best interests of the district. Such a man was found in William II. Waldby, of Adrián, who acceded to the unanimous wish of the convention and acceptcd the nomination witb reluctance, and without doubt at a great sacrifice of personal interest. Though not seekiug or desiring the place, Mr. by at once goes activety into the canvass, and is alreacly one of the most formidable contestaut9 that a lepublican candidate has ever encountered in this district. And wliy is this tüe case? öimply because he is a man of marked business capacity, and integrity, of strong character and unblemishcd reputation, and is notan aggrcssive partisan, though alwiys a democrat from principie. He bas for many years been a business man in Adrián, aud bis career is marked with signal success, and whatever he may now possess he has gainud fairly .uid bonorubly, and has no antagonistns to overeóme. He is without a doubt one of the "cleanest" candidatos that bas ever opposed a republican nomince in the second district, and having ability and popularity, be will harïnonize cyeiy element of opposition to the republican party. Mr. Waldby beheves the democratie party is the party of the people, and through it the people are always heard, and if he should be electcd, of which be is daily and hourly receiving tbc most flattering assurances, bc will ever be mindful of their rights and wants. As we above remarked, he is a democrat from principie and bas always been conservative, yet dccidcd in his convictions. Ho was a staunch supporter of every measure to crush the rebellion, sustained the government in the great struggle for constitutional rule, and was everywhere known as a war democrat, and witb his property interests here, with his past business record, and every day life, he can be safely enirusted with the legislation of the country at all Unies, and the absurd clamor about payIng rebel war claims, and pensioning rebel soldiers, falls harmless to the ground 'and becomes st'll more absurd wben urged ugaiust bis caudidacy. Ia brief, Mr., as in tbc past.stauds by and upbolds the constitution. Mr. Walduy stands before the votéis of the second district to-dav as a man who is willing to jield bis business iiUerests, aud his doinestic comforts, for the good of the people. Ho fucls that, perhaps, tbrough him the chais may be broken, and the puople liberated from the toils of the present incubus that clings to them, and promises that if he be their cboice their burdens sball bu lighteued as inuch as ïtispossible for bios to di, their petitions sball be presented, their correspondence shall be promptly answered, and, their wishes regsrded rather tban ignored. . No man in Adrián vvhere Mr. Waldby is best known coutends that bc is not a pre-emiueutly titman to represent us in the national councils, and people come by scores with Iheir congratulations and hopes for his succcss. ' Hundreds of the opposition have already quietly tendered him issuruuces oí support at the polls. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr. Waldby is, in inany respects, the strongest and flttest man in the cutiré district to represent us at this time iu Congress. It may be urged by sonie that lic. is no speaker, but we contend that an intelligent, vigor. ous and upright business man, who can couduct his own ailairs with eminent success, is of far more value iu congress than a mau who can make a speech, and yet lacks the capacity to conduct his own private afïairs suceessfiilly. Let U3 have less speuking and more business; luss bombast and more practical good commou seuse. Our caudidate is a mau who representa the spirit and wants of all classes and realizes the needs and demands of the people. Mr. Waldby carne to Adriau in 1840 a poov boy. He has contended with poverty and knows ns burdens and its privations. He was bom in Cooperstown, New York, in 1820, attended th Utica academy until twelve years of age, and then learned the printers' trilde with his father, Halph Waldby, who at that time became the fouuder of the Rome N. Y. Sentinel. He worked iu the Sentinel office five years as printer and book-keeper. His lirst employment in Adrián was in the old Bidwell store and hc coutinued ia mercantile pursuits until 1850, when Ira Bidwell decided to open a banking office in Adriau, and ollered Mr. Waldby an interestin, and the management of the same, which was accepted. The followingyear Mr. Bidwell retired, selling his interest to Mr. Waldby, who conducted the same for 23 years. While he was in business he enjoyed thereputatiou of being one of the very best baukers iu Michigan. He retired from business iu 1872, siuce which time he has lived a private life, and en joys the highest respect and confidence of the entire couuty of Leuaweo. During hc past winter Governor Cfoswell, feeognizing his eminent fitness, appointed liini memher of the Board of Control of the lichigan reform school for girls. ?hrough his untiring energy and ability o cope with all the erïorts ■ put forth by many other localities. lic succecdcd in seuring the location of the school in Adian, ror which the citizens will alwnya car him in grateful remembrance. He las, also in many other directions lent his nergies and his means iu bencfiting and mproving the city of his residence anti choice. As an evidence of his popularity 'at home" it may be proper to say hero bat a few years ago, when he was ay:anlidate for mayor he was elected by over ü hundred majority, carrying every ward n the cit}', although Adrián was at that ime a republican strong-hold. Finally the citizens of Adrián and Lenawec county beüeve in him first, last, and all the time, and we predict for him in November not less than 500 majority in old Lcnawee; and we commend him to all voters of the enlire district as a man in every way worthy their support, who will not betray their confldence, or break his iromise. - Adrián Press. And stil! they come. The Abend Post, jublisued at Cincinnati, hoists the nnmea of Hancock and Englisk. Gabriel Demck, a well-known Germán republican of Cincinuati, now president of the board of aldermeu, is out for Hancock. Hcnry C. Sayres, Waynesburg, Grcene Dounty Pa., has not only come out for Hancock, but bas turncd over tothe demócrata about sixty torchos which did ser. vice for llayes four ycars ago. It is estimated that the defection from the republican ranks in Jamaica, Long Island, reaches fifty. Among thoso who have ioined the central democratie club are Alvin Dunham, a large property owner, Lynus Cooper a soldier who served under Hancock, and David Andrew, a well known citizen. Col JXoah L. Cochen, a Brooklyn vcteran and formcr republican, say the republican leaders no longer lepresent republican principies; that General Hancock proved bis devotion to the Union during the rebellion ; and Wm. Snedcker, onco a member of the union league of Kings county, resigns from the thirtcentu ward republican committee saying that hc is for Hancock, who promises that tffe constitutionandainendmcnt shall bepreserved in viólate. - Free Press. James A. Garfield went down into Louisiana to see a fair count in 1875. He was allowcd to manipúlate the returns and to díctate the course to he pursued by the returning board. Then he carne back and sat on the electoral commission, where he voted not to go bchind the returns. He knew wliat Kind of work he had been putting in. He assistcd at a fraud and voted not to investígate it. It would be an insult to the majority of voters oT that year to elect him to the presidency. - Adrián Press. Mr. Blaine's virtuous indignación at the use of money by the democrats in the Maine canvass will probably subside wuen he hears from Augusta, where four citizens have made affldavits before a United States commissioner to the effect that they voted the republican ticket for pay, $10 benig tbe indueement in each case. The men gire the names of the persons who negotiated the bribery, ahd state that they were given to understand that the money came from the Augusta postmaster. - Chicago Times. When you go out to hear Mr. Willits you will be expected to wear your Sunday clothes. Be sure also.that your boots are blacked with the most lustrous polish, because, don't you remember how Willits said he could teil a democrat by his ragfed clothes, and the air of general dilapiation about him? - Adrián Press. Unfor tunately for Mr. Willits, there are a great many woithy and industrious republicana who can't dress in purple and fine lincn any more than their democratie neighbors, and they will just as surely resent his contemptuous, aristocratie fling at their plebeian


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