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Durand For Governor

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Day
1
Month
August
Year
1902
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For Governor- GEOIIGE H. DURAND, Of Flint. For Lieutenant Governor - JOHX F. BIBLE, Of Ion ia, For Secretary of State - JOHN DONO VAN, Of Bay City, For State Treasurer - W, F. DAVIDSON. Of Port Huron. For Auditor General- DAVID A. HAMMOND, Of Ann Arbor. I'or tiunc uommi!:f;ritT- ARTHt'H F. AVATSON, Of Ohèboygan. For Attorncy (ieneral - W. F. MeKNIGHT, Of ('.rand KaphU For Supt. Public Instnirtion - W. S. FERRIS, Of Big Rapids. For 'Mcmlior Board Of Kdiication- CHARLES F. FIELD, Of 'Hastings. For Justice of Supreme Oourt - BENJAMIN J. BROWN, Of Mnoininee. The state democratie eonvention, yestei-day, nominated George II. Durand, of Flint. governor, on the fourth ballot, after one of the most spirited contests that Ivas taken place in a democratie ronvention in years. They iinished Phelr Work by nominatSng the balance of the ticke', as given aUove, by acchunation. The ticket noininated is one of the strongest ever placed in the field by the party and can not 'but be sattefactoi-y to every democrat and to all wlm 'have the interest of the state and its proper govermnent ai' Ueart. It will receive the unqualinvd endorsement of the coters at the polls iu November and will be elected. Detroit, Mich., July 30.- The Washtenaw delegation is praetically a unit agaiust any dictation 'by leaders of the nomination. The ruajority of the delegation favor Durand. Some of them are for Helme. They did considerable talking around the corridors of the hotels and seemed to be recognized rather as leaders in the Durand inovement. They were handicapped by his declination, but more so by the fact that the Campau-Whiting crowd were opposed to hdm. Two-thirds of the delegates acknowtedged thait if Durand would accept he would prove the strongest candidate. Detroit, July 31.- Conventiol Hall, 12:05 p. m.- (Special.)- Aif ter lasr, nlght'8 late sossion the delegates were slow in assembllng. The conventiou was called to order at 10:30, when the chairman of the eonnnittee on resolutions rcad the platform denouncing republican election iueihods. demAadlng repeal of ripper logislation, election of U. S. senator by direst vote, also demand referendum and oqual taration, denouncing extravagance of present administration and the 'increased taxation; favoring municipal ownership subject to referendum. The platform was adopted with great enthusiasm. Nomlnatlng speeches for eandidates for governor now begun. Hon Timothy Tarsney,' in a fierce speech presented the name of Geo. H. Durand, followed by wild cheering. Chairman Campan declared Tarsney's aetion unauthorized by Detroit delegation. Campau and Tarsney bitterly arraignIng each otber. Campau takes platform, claiming the first district has no candidate. AVillard Stearns, of Adrián, placed Helme in nomination for the second district; Stuart, of Kalamazoo, in belialf of the third district, in a briüirtnt speech, endorsed Duran,d, crent'ng wild applnuse. Abbott, of Battle Creek, followed, repudiatirig Stuart's speech, as unauthoi-ized by the third district, and stating that the district had no candi(lute. Detroit, Mich., Jnly 31, 12:30 p. ni. --(Special.)- Amid wild cheers the fifth district was called and Mauric' SI. Houseman, of Grand Hapids, took the platform to name Chas. R. Sligh. Cummings, of Lansing, ma'de a speeah begging the convention to respect Durand'fl wishes and not nom'nate him, and closed by nrging the nomination of Jim Hammei. Well recelved. St. Clair oounty presented a divided delegation, one faction endorsing rand the other naming Wilbur F. Davidson, of Port Hurón, as flrst dark horse. The tenth district demand'-rt the noinination of Durand. The Heirae men then made an attempt to adjourn foir dinner, but failed. The Wavne delegation is badly split. The convention is now in bad temper and the cry for Durand will not down. Formal ballot for governor ordered. Detroit, Mich,, July 31. - A cannonade of heated criticism for the present administration and harmony skirmishes among the delegates injected sonie life into the official routine oí the state Democratie convention.which met yesterday afternoon in the Light Guard armory. At 4 o'clock p. m. nearly 1,000 delegatea were in their places when the chair called for order. Rev. S. W. Frisbie invoked a blessing upon the assmbly before commencing its dellberations. Alfred H. Lucking, temporary chairman, was the whole thing at the afternoon meeting. The iollowing Is in part bis apirited address: "We are met together to devise ways and means to redeem the state of Michigan from misrule and to prevent a great contemplated raid on her treasury. These thlngs the Demócrata of Michigan cannot do alone! We are a great and powerful minority, representing over 1,000,000 people, and we are unterrifled, ready and eager on all proper occasions to do battle for the great principies of Jeffersonian Democracy, on which the life of this republic depends. But we recognize we are a minority In Michigan. We recognize, as citizens of Michigan, anxious for her welfare, that without wise, considérate and tolerant aiction on our part, no hope exists for a redemption of ourselves and our fellow citizens, the Republican masses, from the impending evils which all foresee. "What, then, do we charge against the administration of Governor Bliss, and why do we demand a change? "Wé arraign Góvernor Bliss and the last Republican leglslature tor willfully trampling upon the great principies of home rule, for the purpo3e of building up a corrupt political machine. "We charge that the Republloan platform promlses upon the subject of primary elestions are made to be broken, a3 they have been in the past. "Upon Republican authority and testimony, we oharge upon the part of Governor Bliss a truckllng subserviency to the Michigan Central railroad and lts interests at this critical time, when a firm and active oppos'tion is öeirranaed. "We charge upon Republican authority that the cause of equal taxation has been deliberately thwarted and nullified by the appointment of tax of ficiaJs at the direction of and in interest of the railroads. "We charge the Republican administration with gross extravagance and waste of the people's money. "We charge that instead of being free moral agents, a;ting for the best good of the people who elected them, they were an3 "re but the humble slaves of a politica] oligarchy, headed by a United States senator and backed by large corporate interests. "We are against government by telephone, no matter who is at the other end of the line. "We beüeve that Michigan should be an independent state, and that her governor should be free. "We object to our Ptate being owned, body and soul, by a United States senator and a railroad. It is humiliating to feel that Michigan is nothing but a 'rotten pocket borrough' of a United States senator. The honorable senator is a mar. of great exeeutive abilitv, but no man ;.orrf is big enough to rule Michigan and to mak? and unmake her public men and la-ws." Chairman Lucking's a.ppeal for "no flght for harmony." his avoidance of national issues and the general vigor of his sritkisms cpmpletely won the audience. At 8:30 p. m. Chairman Luckins again called the convention to order. By the unanimous adoption of a jiortion of the report of the commlttee on order of business and permanent organlzation, Alfred H. Lucking was made permanent chairman of the convention. Delégate Joslyn of Bay county was named secretary, John V. Jackson of Wayne, assistant secretary, and John Zimmer of Ingham and Harry Stearns of Lenawee were made tellers. A fight carne on the portion of the report which provided that the new state chairman should be appoiated after the nominations for candidates for state offices were made. A. L. Chandler of Shiawassee moved that this order be reversed. Finally the convention adopted the report of the committee, and the Campati-Whiting forces won. Delegato Black of Lansing nomlnated Whiting for re-election as state chairman, and no voice dissented In the vote whlch followed. Prosecutor John Duffy, of Ann Arbor, has not been given a great deal of time for tennis, golf, football, baseball or ping pong tfurlng the past nionth. During that period he has prosecuted 564 cases, in 429 of whicli he secured convictions for drunkeness. We are nat prepared to adrnit that Washtenaw can "point with pride" to this record, though in this respect we presume we are agaln at variance wlth Truth, the official organ of the gan liquor