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An electrlc railway connecting the clties of Ann Arbor and Ypsllantl certainly looks like one of the practical enterprises of the near future. A meeting wrs held at the oftice of Justice Joslyn in Ypsllantl laat Saturday afternoon which was well atteiuled by people Interested, and action taken that will probably lead to something beinj done. In order to build the road the consent of the supervisor and highwny commlssioner of each township thronjih whlch the road passes must be obtained, and these men have all given their assent, except Thos. Burllngame, Supervisor of Ann Arbor town, whocould not be present, but who is understood to look with fivor upon the project. Richard Bilbie, hlghway commissioner for Ann Arbor town; Fred Staebler, holding the aame office for Pittslield, and Richard Fletcher for Ypsilanti, together with Supervisor Case of PitUöeld and Supervisor Ilunter of Ypsilanti, were all present, togetber with many other residents on the proposed line. H. D. Platt liad circulated a paper east of his residence and secured the namcs of every property owner except one man having a four rods frontage. Win. Campbell had taken west of that point and made a clean sweep of it, tlius securing the consent of all property owners. The rond is to be constructed by the Hainea Bros., of Kinderbook, IT. Y., who desire to build it at tlieir own expense, and do not ask any one to take stock. Thfy were here soine two weeks ago and looked over the dlflferent roads leading to Ypsilanti, and selected the south road as the one most likely to be built up and become paying, and it is along the line of this road that the right of way has been obtained. The prospect now is that work will begin within a short time, and that before winter sets in there will be cars running between these sister citles. It Is proposed to make hourly trips to start with, and then if more frequent communiciition is deslred to increase them as the demand may require. The systera used by the oompany is tlie single trolly system, requirinjf an over. head wire, The track would probably be laid upon one side of the roadway, leaving the balance clear for teams. General Oliver L. Spauldins;, of Michigan, w!io h:ia been appolnted Assistant ÍJecn lary of tbe TTeaSury, vico Oolonel Tichenor appointed chairman of the Uuiteii States Board of Customs Appral8Ti, was born in Jaffrey, N. H., August 2, 1833. He receiyed lii.s education at Berlín Collesre, Ohio, from wliere lie rrnduated in 1855 and removed to Michisr ai three years later. He entered the Union army in 18G3 and served through the war with distinctlon. He was eleeted Secrelary of Btate of Michirnn in 18t0 and was re-elected Ín 1868. A few years later he was made special agent of tlie Treasury and held the posilion till he took liU seat in the t'oityseveiiili Congres?, to which he was elected as ri'publican. In 1883 he was made cliairman of a commission which vislted the Sandwich Islands to Investígate the workings of the reciprocity treaty with that country. He has liad eight years cxperience In the customs service as a special rent and has been intrusted with xamiuations requirlng the vxTcise ut 8und judgment as well as a tlioroiii;h knowletise of customs, law.s and reulations. For sonic time past he lias liad charge of one of the most important special agency districts on thenoithern frontier. He h:is publiühed several works and another, "International M:iritime Luw," is neirly complftril and ready for publicaMon.


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