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The Washtenaw republican county convention, to elect Jelegates to the coming state and congreasional conventions, was held at Ann Arbor on Saturday. The active fight made for the congressional delegation resulted in securing a full convention as well as a large representation in the lobby. Street corner caucuses were the order from an early hour in the morning, and the friends of the leading candidates pulled any amount of wire and set trapa in which to catch unsuspecting or uncommitted delegates. The convention was called to order at 11 o'clock by Hon. A. J. Sawyer, chairman of the county committee, who brief - ly stated the object for which the convention had been convened and presented the Hon. Peter Cook of York, as temporary chairman, who, without the formality of a vote proeeeded to act in that capacity. A. V. Hamilton of Ann Arbor, was chosen temporary secretary, and the following committees were appointed: On Credentials - John F. Lawrence, Ann Arbor; Wm. H. Wesson, Webster; Dr. O wen, Ypsilanti; Gilbert Bliss, Ann Arbor; David Wilsey, Pittsfield. On Permanent Organization and Order of Business- J. C. Knowlton, Ann Arbor; Frank Hinckley, Ypsilanti; Frank Ward, Saline; Dr. Post, Ypsilanti; E. E. Leiand, Northfield. After which the convention took a recess until half past 1 p. m. AFTEBNOON SE3SION. The convention came to order at the appointed hour. The first business in oader was the report of the committee on credentials, which was unanimously adopted, thus disposing of the rloating rumors of contested delegation. The committee on permanent organization and business made two reports. Bothr eports made permanent offieers out of the temporary ones, but disagreed materially. In making out the order of business the majority report provided for a vote by the convention to determine its choice of a candidate for congress, to be followed by an election of delégate. The minority report proposed motead of a direct vote or showing of hands, and an election by the convention, a división of the convention into the representative district conventions, and a district instead of county election of delegates. A motion being entertained (as a substitute) to adopt the minority report, Dr. Post and F. Hinckley, both of Ypsilanti, and both Allen men, gave their reasons for making such report, and urged its adoption. Something was said by Dr. Post about the practica of " piïtting up jobs" m certain towns, getting delegates that inisrepresent sueh towns, aiid in that way controlling conventions againHt the will and -wishes of the electora constituting the party. Mr. Hinckley, in snstaining the minority report, declared that the presentation by districts was the right settled by the Chicago convention, had been the practice in this county for years, and there was no reason for changing now. J. C. Knowlton, of the committee, a Sawyer man and Mr. Sawyer's law partner, spoke for the majority report. In reference to the remark about " putting up jobs" he said he thought that was a game two could play at. He alleged that it was desirable that the convention first determine whether it had any candidate to present to a congressional convention. That was the main point of difference in the two reports. Having determined that the convention could decide to eleet its delegates by the whole convention or by districts. The majority report left that question open. J. F. Lawrence of Ann Arbor, followed, in favor of the majority report. The talk about the machine" and "demagogue" was out of place, and the claim made as to the precedent established by the Chicago convention was incorrect. The motion on substitnting the minority report was declared lost on a rising vote, when the decisión of the chair was disputed and the yeas and nays ordered. On cali of the roll the vote stood: Yeas, 55, nays 69; and the first heat was lost by the Allen men. The majority report was then adopted. THE VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE. An informal ballot was thèn ordered for a congressional candidate, which resulted: A. J. Sawyer 67 E. P. Allen 57 Whereupon Messrs. Sawyer and Allen shook hands and smiled, while a portion of the convention applauded. Dr. Post moved that the convention separate into district conventions, each to present the names of ten delegates. Mr. Lawrence, forgetting the speech of Mr. Knowlton, in which he declared that the majority report did not determine how the delegates should be elected, said that he supposed the method of procedure was settled when the majority report was adopted. Mr. Knowlton moved as an amendment that a committee be appointed by the chair to report the names of twenty delegates to each of the congressional conventions. Mr. Hunt of Ypsilanti, charged Mr. Knowlton with bad faith; and Dr. Post, with much energy and great heat, ref erred to certain alleged " packing" in Superior, where boys and persons not registered ran the caucus, and in Lodi, whose delegates, prematurely elected, refused to obey the instructions of the caucus. Mr. Wilsey of Pittsfield, said if the motion to appoint a committee prevailed he should withdraw f rom the convention. He should continue to be a republican, but thev would have left him. Mr. Campbell vigorously protested against giving the chairman power to name the delegates. The majority might succeed in accomplishing that, but they would not be so well off in the end as if they failed. George S. Wheeler voted for the minority report. When that was lost he considered the manner of electing delegates determined. When a vote was taken for a candidate he Had voted for Allen, but the convention having declared in favor of Sawyer he should feel bound, even if a delégate to Adrián, to vote for Sawyer. Mr. Weis, an honest Augusta Germán delégate, proclaimed that more was yet to be done for Allen. When the Washtenaw delegates were unable to procure the nomination of Sawyer it was right that Allen should have friends there to present his name. The action proposed here meant the nomination of Willits - that was what it meant. At this stage of the proceedings Capt. E. P. Allen, not a delégate, asked the privilege of speaking. He never had been much of a candidate for congress, and having been repudiated by his county by this convention pronouncing in favor of Mr. Sawyer, he could permit no friend of his to present his name to the congressional convention. He was a republican, bom such, and always euch, and had stood by his republican friends sometimes to his own hurt. He therefore thought it the duty of his friends to support Sawyer, who having been under his training at Lansing, had proved himself worthy. After much skirmishing the yeas and nays were called and Mr. Knowlton's substitute was adopted, 69 to 54. Mr. Platt of Pittsfield, moved that the chair be instructed to appoint as the committee, Messrs. A. J. Sawyer, J. C. Knowlton, J. F. Lawrence, A. W. Hamilton, and L. F. Wade, and that such committee report delegates to both state and and congressional conventions, pay their expenses, and run the machine to suit themselves. In support of this motion he warned the convention that the good book said something about "cursed be he who remove the landmarks," and that if the course marked out was persisted in they would " hear something drop. The chair appointed as the KnowltonSawy er congressional committee : Messrs. Wade, Ann Arbor; Hinckley, Ypsilanti: Wheeler, Salem; Glidart, Saline; Mitchell, Lima. A committee of five was also ordered and appointed to report the names of delegates to the state convention as folio ws: Messrs. Lawrence, Ann Arbor; Pryor, Ann Arbor town; Eansom Saulsbury, York; Leiand, Northfield; Thompson, Salem. The committee to recommend delegates to the congressional convention reported as follows: J. C. Knowlton, A. W. Hamilton, K. A. Beal, W. J. Herdman, E. E. Leiand, Emory Townsend, A. J. Sawyer of Webster, Thos. Birkett, George S. Wheeler, M. J. Noyes, Peter Cook, J. D. Forsyth, Howard Nichols, W. B. Gildart, H. W. Bassett. Wm. W. Hess, Fred Pfitzmeyer, Conrad Neuman, George McElcheran, John Havens. Which report, a large number of delegates from the second representative district having withdrawn, was unanimously adopted. The committee on delegates to state convention reported as follows: H. C. Waldron, E. B. Abel, T. P. Wilson, K. A. Beal, E. D. Kinne, Geo. S. Wheeler, Wm. N. Stevens, Frank Goodale, Wm. Judson, J. T. Honey, Dr. Hall, E. P. Allen, W. K. Owen, Andrew Campbell, Truman B. Goodspeed, John W. Blakesley, Müton Clark, George S. Kawson, Charles Pottle, Fred Wood. The report was adopted. The following were appointed membera of the exeoutive committee: Joe. T. Jacobs, chairman; Dr. H. H. Hall, Ypsilanti; T. S. Boutell, Ypsilanti; L. F. Wade, Ann Arbor town; M. J. Noyes, Sylvan. A county committee of one from each township and supervisor's district was announced. - [Cor. Detroit Free Press. It is notorious that Ypsilanti is eternally kicking up a fuss, and those who were present in the couvention were not disappointed. But now perfect harmony is said to prevail. It is as we anticipated. The outrageous abuse heaped upon Ferry and Hubbell in the senatorial fight afifords republicans an opportunity to see the kind of calumny that has been for years hurled at nearly every prominent democratie statesman of the land. If Ferry should kill off Hubbell, and Hubbell should kill off Ferry, each would perform the greatest service of his political life. Then perhaps a man of brains, integrity and character like Gov. Blair might get into the sen ate where he should have gone a dozen years ago. - [Lansing Journal. The Washtenaw Post is all printed at home. Jas. M. Wilcoxson is taking the school census. B. J. Corbin left yesterday on a trip to Mackinaw. Every loaf of bread made by Wm. Caspery weighs 16 ounces. St. Paul, Minn. is to be the future home of Little Mack, so he says. Next Tuesday the members of Zion Lutheran church will picnic at releif park. K. E. Frazer is going to move his family to Jackson, and of course his house is to rent. A special train will be run over the Toledorailroad Sundey, to accommodate those who may wish to visit the encampment. Lou Hoffnian has been bounced from the city band, and is organizing a colored band. Baisler, the shoemaker, who assulted S. Sefreid paid $5 costs yesterday and was discharged. The train over the Toledo road Sunday will leave this city for the encampment at 9.50 a. m., returning at 7.10 p. m. What has became of the greenbackers in this city? They hold no caucus to elect delegates to the county convention. The orchard of Judge Lawrence suffered from the storm Tuesday. Large apple trees were torn out by the roots, and a corn field adjacent was leveled to the ground. Kev. S. E. Davis, of Macomb county, aged 95 yesrs, was on a visit last week to his boys, L. Davis of Ann Arbor, aged 70 years, and Dr. P. Davis of Ypsilanti, aged 66 years. The old gentleman was hale snd hearty, and made the journey unattended by any one. The M. C. B. E. over which the reform club and patrons of husbandry will give an excursión next Wednesday to Lansing) is one of the best managed roads in the country, and persons going by this route rest assured that they will have ampie accommodation. Sufficient cars will be provided for all who may wish to go. No one will be crowded. Just bear this in mind.


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