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A farmer brought a load of pork to the city last Saturday and was trying to sell it upon the street. From his manner I iuferrecl he was very indignant because lie could uot get the price askei, and from the language he iadulged in, I concluded he was a much larger specimen of pork than any he had to sell. I was told that one of our leading German citizens who attended the Dante leetures last weck, at the close of the one on Saturday night, turned to a lady friend and remarked: "Ido not see any but women in paradise." The lady sagely replied " this ought to make the men better so they can inherit that delightful home." Why is it that so many men and women when walking with children never slacken their pace. I saw a man one day thie week holding a little child by the hand, and fairly puiling her along to make her keep up with him. The little one was making every efïort to do so and her poor little face told how tired she was. I cali this cruelty to children. I am told that a horse starved to death last week in a barn at the corner of aud streets. A man hard the horse kicking and attempted to enter the barn, but found that the door was locked. He broke it in, and found the horse lying down without one bit of bedding, and not a morsel of anything to eat in the barn. The owner of the horse was complained of, and the horse put out of hismisery. A Bleigh well filled with country folks was being rapidly driven through our streets one day last week when one of the seats tilted backwards, and those who were ocoupying it went over with it. Fortunately there was plenty of room in the back of the sleigh or the ladies would have landed in the Btreet, as it was thev quickly clambered into the seat and then looked around to see if they had been observed. Of course no one saw them tip over. Theotber day I saw a hack driver whipping bis team most unmercifully on his way to the depot. The horses were galloping at their utmost rate of speed, and were kept at that pace the whole length of Detroit street. This brutal treatment of horses can be seen any day upon our streets. I have spoken of this repeatedly in the columns of the Democrat. There is a law against fast driving in the city, but we might as well not have one, as it is never enforced, let alone its being observed. Next week there is to be a meeting of the Buperintendents of the poor, and it remains to be seen whether they will employ a man to look after the interests of the county at a ealary of $700, when another man stands ready to perform the duties of tho office at $500. I hold that a superintendent of the poor is in duty bound to be as careful of the interests of the county as he would be in attending to his own private affairs. Do your duty, gentlemen, and do not give the taxpavers an ópportunity to complain. I cannot underttand why it is that at so many of our entertainments there is such a scarcity of women. I beard of a number who wanf ed to hear the minstrels Wedneeday evening.but were af raid they would be tbe only women present and so remaiced at home, and misied spending a very pleasant evening. There was certainly nothing done or said at that entertainment lo offend the most fastidious or refintd pcrsoti. In Detroit and other cities a minstrel troupe will have as miiny women as men to hear them. It was so in Evangeline. There was but a sprinkling of the fair sei present. When I heard the troupe play at Whitney's in Detroit, there were hundreds of ladies present . I was told one young woman said " I heard Evangeline in New York city but I would not go here." Why not? Why should one be afraid to go to snch entertainments at her own home, if she is not when away from it. Modesty is always to be admired in women, but when t reaehes the state of prudery it is altogether another thmg. Again the ladies of Ann Arbor onght to know that manager Sawyer always tries to secure the best of entertain ments. The series of lectures wbich were delivered in Hobart hall last week by the Hev. John Eccleston,of Staten Island, on "The Divina Comedia" were well attend"d and perhaps were the most enjoynble ever listened to in our city on account of the fine steruopticon views which delighted the eye throughout the evening. Should the reverend doctor ver conclude to licture in Ann Arbor again, he would, undoubtedly, be greeted by even niuch larger houses. Below will be found an extract of an address by Mr. Daniel Dougherty, before the state bar association of New York: "Organized crime has never failed to find ita most ready instruments at the bar and on the benoh. The worst chapters in our recent liistory show how our ablest lawyers have for enormous fees aided in perpetrating and perfecting the vilest sohemes for public plunder. There is no crime so dark that leading members of the bar will not accept a fee to defend those who conspire against the welfare of the people. These are not mere phrases of denunciation. In the early days of Jay Gould lawyers and judges were anxious to be debauched, and stood ready to find a law or make it for any contemplated crime. In the days of Tweed the lawyere were his satellites, aud it was only when the prees had awakened the public conscience that it was possible for Mr. Tilden to bring him to justico. Jacob Sharp has used the lawyers first to defend nis public crime. In Chicago, in Philadelphia, in Boston, in every great city, at every state capital, we find lawyers retained by all the plundering rings and syndicates. The only protection to the people is the press. The overthrow of every ring, the exposure of every crime, bas been the work of the press." The Detroit Journal says of one of Michigan'a oongressman: "Capt. Allen pays more attention to his toilet now than when in Ypsilanti, and he looks well. He has not yet risen to the dignity of a silk hat and probably never will. He olings to the soft, Michigan slouch, but never allows it to get rusty or frayed. The captain looks better with his hat off than on, for he has a fine head. Big and round and covered with bandsome brown hair, parted just a little too near the middle, but pushed away trom his broad, buiging torenend. Allen wears a Frince Albert coat also, and a low out vest, rolling collar, small black cravat, and dark trousers. His ruddy face is smoothly shaven except for a small brown mustache, and when he reads or writes he balances a pair of gold-bowed spectacles on his anything but large nose. In the street he carries a heavy cane, and when not troubled with the rbeumatism he is a iively pedestrian. Allen weighs in the neighborhood of 225 pounds and his hight would be placed at a guess at 5 f eet 11 inches." The idea that the democratio party as at present constituted can manage the af - fairsoftheaountryis prepostéreme. They found the maehinery in good running order, but it is rapidly getting out of line. Tuis will become apparent to all before the close of the present year.- Ludington Record. The democratio party did indeed find the macbinery in good running ordur, yes, for the republicans. The last three years have been years of worry and annoyance for the democrats in wiping ofï the superiluous oils, as the republicans had to oil their maehinery with so many different kinds of oil, so that it would run without hmdrance to this or that official, and now that the machinery is running easily, is guided by a master hand, and above all is perfectly safe in the hands of the demócrata with no danger of a blow up, they propose to run it for another four years.


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