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having hard work to swallovv the dose of medicine administered at the polls last election day. It is hard to understand why so strictly an independent paper as the Times should go into such spasms of agony over the result. The paper is full of venomous jabs at the gold democrats, who helped to defeat the cause of free silver. It cannot get the idea into its wise little head that these men voted from principie and not from policy, and that iheyhave not the slightest idea of being rewarded by official preferment. Listen to its covert non-partisan(V)threat: "The sil ver democrats of the county wil] hold in sweet remembrance the names of the goldite leaders, Judges Pond and Harriman and ,T. Sheehan, whose political honors and ottices had come only from democrats." The gentlemen thus ostracized have little cause to worry. Their position is much more consistent than the one assumed by the Times, two of whose owners and proprietors worked unceasingly and valiantly for the cause of sound money. The editor proceeds not only to spitefully kick the gold democrats upon the pistol pocket, but deliberately slaps its business partners, one of whom at least, has been a lifelong adherent of the democratie party, squarely in the face, when it says that the gold standard demoera's 'are objects of ridicule and contempt" by both the republicans and free silver advocates. Why not accept the inevitable, Brother Times? Yonr leader, Wm J. Uryan, has acknowledged temporary defeat in a manly way. He has bowed to the will of the majority, and courageously renews the fight, hoping that public sentiment will look upon his cause more favorably four years henee. Once more we have an illustration of the truth of the old maxim "Peace hath her victories no less renowned than war." The settlement of the dispute over the Venezuelan boundary seems a probability of the imrnediate future, and the prospects are that the settlement will be one rettecting great credit upon the administration at Washington. It is said that a treaty has been concluded at the British embassy at Washington, between Sir Julián Pau neef orte and Secretary ülney, providing for a complete adjustmeut of the long pending Venezuelan controversy. The Lord Chief Justice of England, is to appoint two arbiters, the Cheif Justice of the United States two, and King Oscar II of Xorway and Sweden has been selected as the fifth member of the board. Venezuela is not directly represented on the commission, but as her contention has been for arbitration, the acceptance of that method of settlement is a victory for her. The data collected. and the maps furnished by the United States commission will be important evidence before this board of arbitration. and, taken all in all, whatever may be the details of the result, thewhole outcome will be a distinct triumph for President Cleveland and his advisers in this matter. More than this, it is a distinct gain for the policy of arbitration in the settlement of international difflculties. On Wednesday evening last the business men of Detroit gave a banquet to the general managers and managing editors of the Free Press, Abend Post, and Journal. This banquet was given in honor of their stand upon the money question and was in event of more than ordinary importance. It was a testimonial from business men generally, without regard to politics, to the three great papers of the city which had stood solidly for sound money and national honor throughout the eampaign. While it may be true that "virtue is its own reward," yet it is none the less pleasant to have our labors appreciated. In the ca e of the Free Press this stand had to be taken at the c ist of severing party ties and affiliations. and the breaking of political friendships. But the gain in inJuence to these papsrs more than offlets all disadvantages. The public will have the more confidence in them, and this testimonial is but a formal expression of that fact. In order that Kentucky's election returns may be received simultaneously with those of other parts of the country, it might be a good scheme to let that state hold her elections a month or so in advance in the future. The columns of the daily press are crowded with notices of idle planta starting up, others increasing their force, and changing from part to f uil time. New plants are being established, and large wholesale houses are rnshed with orders, many of which liad been placed conditional on McKinley's election. All these teil a tale we are glad to hear -good times are coming again. Il ow much of this is the direct outcome of McKinley's election, and how much is the result of the change from suspense to certainty, it is impossible to teil. For the last few months business has been about as near a stand still as has been possible, but when the election was over a certain amount of increase was inevitable. Money is easy again, the banks are loaning freely, and we may now gather the reins in hand for a drive to prosperity. If the signs do not fail the next fewyears will beyears of good prices and good times, and the people are to be congratulated. We believe that a little care exercised in legislation. aud just as little legislation as possible, will secure to the country a period of improvement and development second to none in its history. The campaign just passed has truly been one of education, and we believe the administration will be judged with more intelligent criticism on the part of the people than ever before. It behooves them to legislate wisely and conscientiously, for the people w.ll certainly hold them to their promises. One one of best known vessel men of Detroit predicts, that providing the times are such as to promote a natural and healthy growth in the city, Detroit will again become a prominent shipping port. Fifteeu years ago Detroit was the great supply point for the upper lakes, but Chicago took most of this away. Detroit has probably the best harbor on the lakes. It is broad, deep and straight, and requires less money expenditure than any other. The city is accessible to all railroad lines, and to the great coal fields and gas belts where manufacturing is to grow greatly in the next decade. With the annexation of Wyandotte and the Rouge district she will have a water front, accessible to the largest lake boats. over fifteen miles long, and studded with manufacturing industries. This will be a matter of great importance, not only to Detroit, but also to the whole state of Michigan. The greater the influence of her principal city, proportionally greater is the influence of any state, and it is to the interest of every Michigan man to do all in nis power to aid in the development of the beautif ui city of the straits. And now the Minneapolis papers claim that the Minnesota team played the superior game, and in a fair test could beat Michigan 8 to 6. Well, let's try it over again. Michigan can repeat the feat. New York has planned to build a twenty-six story building. Chicago will probably accept the challenge and go her one or two better.


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