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Our Man About Town

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I am asked alniost every day in regard to the whereabouts of the booming committee, and what is being done toward encouraging manufaoturing enterprises in the city. All suoh persona are respectfully referred to the proprietor of the capsule faotory for information on the subject. f I notioe that in man y parta of the oity property owner have put down new walks and repaired dilapidated ones, but the people are obliged to wade in mud ankle deep when orossing the streets, ■imply because the oity has not seen fit to put down pavements. What is "sauce for the gooee is sauce for the gander," and when sidewalks are ordered down the oounoil should see that atreet orossings are also put down. I understand that Jas. Hobson, late omtodian of the university museum promisefe something rioh when the regents meet, if they will only give him a hearing. If he knows of any orookedneis, he should be permitted to teil all abont it, bit where it may. I take it if any one should know the ins and outs of the museum, that one is Mr. Hobaon, who has been oonnected with the univerity for the past eight years. There is just one more thing the counoil hould do to make the improvements at the foot of Detroit street complete, and that is to purchase the triangular piece of land between Pontiao and Detroit streets as far south as the land owned by the late Michael Clancy, and oonvert the whole piece into a road. I think if the property could be purchased at its real valué, and as it would cost bat littls to make the improyements, there could possibly be no kicking on the part of any oitizen. It is indeed strange that the oouncil does not take some action to keep men and small boys from walking and lying on the beautiful court yard lawn. Some persons doing business on Ann street find it most convenient when going to the town pump for water, to oross the court yard and return the same way instcad of taking the sidewalk which was built for the use of pedestrians. If there was no walk how these same ohappies would growl, and now that there is a good one, I think they should be compelled to walk on it, and not destroy the grau. The council sometime ago passed a resolutioii instructing the aldermen of the respective warda to have the shade trees trimmed, but up to the present time they have done nothing about it. The branches on many of the trees are ■o low that persons carrying umbrellaa are obliged to either shut them up, or turn into the street during a rain storm. I noticed Monday on Ingalls street that the branches from a number of apple trees hang bo f ar over the walk as to interfere with pedestriauism. Wake up Aldermen and see that the trees are trimmed. I often wonder why aome wealthy citizen like Luther James, who has neither a ohiok nor a child calling on him for bread, does not do somethiug for the place, and thus perpetúate his name for all time to come. There are six wards in the city, and what a fine thing it would be to have as many drinking fountains for man and beaat, and say one or two handsome fountains in the court yard on the north and south sides of the magnificent building in the center of the square. What should a few thousand dollars be to a man whose worldly posessions are flgured up in the hundreds of thonsands. On Sunday afternoon as if by some pre-oonoerted arrangement, the city reoorder, and several aldermen met on the bridge that spans the Michigan Central railroad traok on Detroit street, and being naturally inquisitive, I stopped just long enough to ascertain the objeot of the meeting. It seems the council hava come to the conclusión that there should be some protection for the many foot passengere who are obliged to cross and re-cross the bridge in question. As it now is pedestnans are Hable to be trampled under foot in case of horses running away. I also learned that a movement was on foot to remove the tall board fence on the east side of the bridge some five feet to the west and to erect a neat fence in its stead, thus enabling persons to see the new passenger house and the improvements around it. The plan is a good one, and I believe if left to a vote of the oitizens they would to a man indorse it.


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