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A Joker In Bonding Bill

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Ilere is the bonding bill which the governor refused to sign: AN ACT To authorize the city of Ann Arbor to issue bonds iu the sum of forty thousniul dollars, to pay tho indebtedness of said city and liquídate a deficit and overdraft to that amount. Tlie People of the State of Michigan enact: Section 1. The city of Ann Arbor be and it is hereby authorized and empowered to issue its bonds in a suin not to exceed forty thousand dollars, payable four thousand dollars annually, with annual interest not exceedng four per cent per annum. Section 2. The proeeeds of such bonds sha 11 be used to pay, liquídate and discharge the present indebtedness of said city, caused and created by overdrafts and forced loans of said city, used in payment for storm sewers, rebuildinc culverts. renairing dainaees caused by the recent floods in said City, AND FOR OTHER PUUPOSES. This act is ordered to take iinniediate effect. Notice the little joker in tlie bill, Which we have eapitalizeü, wlüch wonld permit the money realized for the sale of the bonds to be spent for any pui-pose the mayor and the coun:il saw flt. ïhis bill, owing to the agitation which arose after the exclusive publicatlon in the Argus of the attempt to railroad it tlirough, will not beconie a law in lts present forin. The governor refused to sign it and tlie bill haa been called back to the house for repairs and leid on the table. There are some signs that nn attempt will be made to put it through in an amended forin. The bill as changed ought to be seen by the people before it is passed. An Interestlng so-anee took place In Lanslng last week when Mayor Copeland, City Attoruey Sawyer and Oil Inspector Juilson appeared before the governor to get liiiti to sign tho bill and ex-Senator Ward appeared to induce tlie governor to veto it. The governor had a elipping from tho Argua in relation to the bill, whlch one of our readers had sent to him, and this greatly stirred up Mr. Sawyer, who talked about a "villainous sheet," and pólitical capital from a paper whieh had fonght the aduiinistration, but ex-Senator Ward put a quietus to this talk by asking the mayor if the Argus figures were not correct. The mayor said they were. The mayor and city attorney argued strongly for the bill as passed. The governor asked Mr. Sawyer if he did not think a referendum clause should be put in the bill and the people given a chance to vote on it. Mr. Sawyer replied that the people wouldn't vote the bonds. They had been asked to vote $25,000 to repair the great damage caused by the flood and had refused to do it. These same kickers would beat it and they would have no money to pay their debts. Mr. Judson said that he and Mr. Sawyer had differed in politics, but in business matters they were usually together and he thought the bill should bo signed. Mr. Ward simply relied upon the fact that the people of Ann Arbor were opposed to the bill, and that according to their own figures the city did not need over $25,000. The little joker on the bill cut a figure, and the governor advised the wlthdrawal of the bill. A claim is now made that the bill was withdrawo to insort a word in it which had been left out. The peculiar fact is, however, that it was not withdrawn until af ter it was discovered that the governor would not sign it and that if oppositton had not arisen it would not have been withdrawn at all.