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Our Man About Town

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Our streets are crvwded every Saturday night, and Our Man is piad to see it. This is always a sign of business prospenty in any town. Uut there are some people who crowd tbe streets, who never work enough to earn an honest dollar, and if they earn a dollar, houestly or dishonestly, they always gamble it away or spend it for tobáceo, strons drink, or worse. Our Man has often noticed crowd of these loafers who colleot on nearly every corner of our business streets on Saturday nilits, and who pollute the air with tobáceo sraoke, profanity and scène remarles, and obstruct the va,y for pedestrians who are iutent on business. There are doubtless just such people to be found in every town, but Ann Arbor is so clean in many ways that it seems all the more disffraceful to endure tliis nuisance. Oiir Man'a attention was attracted the other day by the display of advertised letters in our post office. Thore were several without postage, several without any town or state direction, and others without either postage or address. One postal card was displayed, whieh had no address on its face, but on the back was pasted a joke clipped from a íunny paper and reflecting on dentists. The sender had evidently wished to dampen the pride of sotue dental student. One very singular addrebs was found on a letter some time ago. It was addressed to a man whotn I will cali John Jones, at "CLEN. " No other direction than this appeared. "Cien" was thought to be a singular name for any town, and as there was no state given, the postoffice people were at a loss to flnd the place, until one of them suggested "Saline," - C - LKN. The letter was seut and clairned at that postoffice. Speaking of the postofftce, remimls Our Man oí several raistikes whieh the best oL people make occasionally vvhen sending out mail. Many a person wiites the uaine and street address on an envelope, and then forgets to put down the city and state at all, or else writes the wrong ones without thinking. Many persons put on no stamps, or too little postage. If a two cent stamp is put on a letter it will nlways go where it is direeted, even if collections have to be made at the other end of the line. llut if no poatage is paid the letter goes to the dead letter office unless there are roturn requests on the envelopes. Where there are return requests, cards are sent to notify the sender that postage is due, and if tie doesn't pay, the letter is forwarded to the dead letter office. It is always a good planto moisten the envelope and then stick on the stamp, and not moisten the stamp first There is no more mueilage put on our stamps than is required to stick theni to the envelopes and many a letter has been delayed lts sender has licked all the mucilajje from the stamps. Our Man has been foroibly retnincled of the truth of the son, "The Cat Came Back." A faraily of his acquuintance possessed a large maltese cat which was a great pet for all of the children,but was thoroughly disliked by their mother. This lady finally decided to take the feliue to Ypsilanti and let it seek its fortune in that suburb of our city. She was advised in advance, that a more certaiti way to dispose of tlie pet wotild be, to present her to our yreat dniversity lor ücieutitic purposes. 15ut as imich as she disliked the animal, she eouldn't bear to take such a step, and so drove over to Ypsilanti and left the cat on a side street. After she returued and told the children of the fate of their pet, they vvere inconsolable for iheir loss, until the foUowing tnorniní, when a much bedrafjled cat walked in the back door. The cat had come back. Ypsilanti eviduntly hnd uo attractions for her. l'he children were so overjoyed to recover their lost pet, and their mother was so astonished at the aniinal's intellig-ence that pussy was reinstated to her former place in the Family's affections. The ovdinance irhicfa was passed by the couueil on the 7th of October, and aoproved by Mayor Walker on the 12th relativo to disorderly persous and conduct, is designed to coyar such disturbances as oceurred here IIalowojn night. Seetion IV. of the ordinancu re&ds as folio wk: - Skctiox IV. Any person or persons who shiill malee or assist in making any uolso, disturbauee or improper diversion, or any rout or riot, or ring or sound any gong, by which the peaee and good order of the neighborhood are disturbed, or shall be guüty of disorderly conduet, or shall duriug1 the night time remove any box or boxes, barrel or barrels, wood, lumber, stones, or any other thing, not his own, froin any of the sidewalks, yards, or buildings into any street, laue, alley or other public place of said city, or upon the premises of any other person, shall be deemed and are hereby declared to be disorderly persons, and upon conviction thereof shall bu punished ashereinafter proyided. Our Man thinks that Marshal I'eterson deserves great credit for the pluck and readiness which he showed last Thursday night at the students' riot When he and his oflicers proved unable to manage the crowd, ho, ordered out the fire department men and successfully dispersed the mob. The studeuts did not need a second warning to clear the street before the jail. They evidently held our marshal in vrholeBome respect Our Man is not averse to the students enjoying theraselves in a harmless sort of a way, but when they so forget themselves as to put obstructions on the street car trucks and stop travel for a whole night, and undertake to resist sworn officers of the law in performing their duty, Our Man thuiks that it is time to cali a halt. There was a time in Aun Arbor's early history, wlien this city was a sinall village and when the students came, largely, fresh frora the farms, and knew no other wav of exercising themselves than by "rushing" on the campus. Uut now tbat we have a class of students who know better how to conduct Uien.. selves, and who have a completely furnishecl eryinnasiuin and athletic field in which to exercise, and whea we have a large and well governed city, there seeins to bo little excuse for such hoodlum riots as the one of Halloween night. Our Man would think that the "co-eds" would have inore excuse for "rushiug" thau do the mulé students, until that long desired ladies' annex is added to the Waterman gymnasium. It is never a very pleasaut duty for Ann Arbor's marshall to risk tlie enmity of the students and their friends by arresting any of thera, but the lawa must be enforced, and every fair miuded person will commend an oflicer for doing his duty.


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