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The Game Of Politics

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The Aun Arbor city council has developed more politics over the city attorneyship than Richard Croker could ever dream of after spending a week's campaign on a diet of mustard pickles, minee pie and Welsh rarebit. First there was a mix-up like a SophomoreFreshman hair-eutting contest whether or not O. E. Butterfleld should be confirmed. The main charges against him in the open field was that he was the attorney for the Michigan Central ráilroad, but the real reason why eeri.iin aldermén wanted to put him in the discards was that he was a Republican and they had understood that Mayor Hiscock, in return for giving him free transportaron to the high-muek-ai nuick's chair, would just kindly deal out one slice of the plum pudding to the Demoerats. Mr. Butterfield said he knew he himself was all right. That a mere fact that he was a Michigan Central attorney hadn't ought to stand in the way of his conflrmation for he feit ciuite assured that he could attend to all the city's business just as if he was a senior warden in a Pingree lodge, and he didn't bar anybody. Now the city has a little difflculty which is being fought to a finish n the supreme court. It is the matter of the appeal of Bryant Walker, administrator for the Ford estáte, brought to set aside the sewer tax in the Hill Street district, and in which case exCity Attorney Kearney scored a victory on points in the circuit court, from which the appeal was taken. Naturally Mr. Kearney is as well acquainted with the facts and law in the case as an expert bookkeeper with the multiplication table. He feels confident that he is trained down to championship form for the supreme court trial. This will come on in June. The Republicans in the council say if it is goins to be a game of politics they had' just as soon take a stack .f chips as not, and that the Demoerats ean't put the limit any too high either. So when the Demoerats proposed to have Mr. Kearney take charge of the case in the supreme court, they spurned the offer as earnestly as an orthodox Jew would a ham sandwich. Attorney Butterfleld, after the way the Demoerats had stood on their heads and kicked both heels at him at the same time, couldn't very well, on the first crack out of the box, come and holler for help to save the game, and stood by and looked as pleasantly as if he was going ta have his picture taken. Pursuant to a cali of Président Luick to see whether the aldermen wanted Mr. Butterfield or Mr. Kearney to take charge of the case, Aids. Hamilton, Richards, Dieterle, Brown. Weeks, Coon, Howell, Cady, Stevens and President Luick responded Monday night for a special council meeting. City Clerk Mills read the cali. President Luick- "Well, gentlemen, wKat will be done with the cali?" (As much silence as the Spanish authentie reports on the movements of their fleets). Pres. Luick- "Aid. Brown?" (with an accent on the interrogation point.). Aid. Brown had evidently sized up the relative strength of the rival battlesnips. Aid. Brown- "What is it? Do you want me to make a motioñ? Well, I will move that Mr. Kearney take charge of the case." Seconded. Aid. Coon- "I supported Mr. Brown's motion bef ore. I have looked into the situation and will now change. I understand all the papers have been prepared and there is nothing more that Mr. Kearney can do except to argüe the case." Mr. Butterfield explained the situation and said he had not asked for any help. Aid. Hamilton - "Inasmueh as we have a city attorney who has access to all that has been printed in the case and inasmueh as he does not ask for any assistance I move that we adjou rn." This was carried without any dissenting vote. Tliree Divorees. Not a marriage license was issued toiiut three divoi-ces vvere granted in the circuit court. Ida Twist, of Superior, took a decree from Ennis Twist on the grounds of cruel ty and non-support. Lillie M. Healey, of Dexter, was given the same kind of a paper dissolving the marriage bonds from her husband, Frank H. Healy, charging him with non-support and drunkenness. She was given the custody of two minor children. Katharine Nagel, of Dexter, was allowed to take a decree from her husband, Jacob Nagel, without contest, althoug-h he had filed a cross bill saying that he didn't get away with 21 barrels of eider in' 15 months' time. It is supposed that the parties came to some agreement on the question of alimony.


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