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A Wise Measure

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Within the lust ten years about 5,000,00 immigrante arrived in tliis country, lus is doublé the number of the preeding decade. But with the mcrease n numbers the quality has changed for ie worse. The immigration f rom northrestern Europe has fallen off, and tliat rom the south and east of Europe has ncreased. And also the character of he immigration that now comes from u countries that formerly sent the best lass bas greatly deteriorated. An danning proportion of the present immigration is from the helpless and daugerous classes of large cities of Europe, nuterial out of which it is impossible to ever make good American citizens. Degraded foreigners, joining the already rowded ranke of cheap labor, can only idd to the prevailing discontent and ncrease the difficulty of solving the abor problema. There is a bilí now before Congress, the object of which should meet the approval of every patriotic American citizen. It is a bilí to restrict iinmigration. lts provisions, if carried out, will keep out crimináis, those who ire not self supporting, the mostrignorant and all the most undesirable classes of immigrants. The bill providea that the Eoreigner intending to settle in this country, shall ñrst secure from a consul or other representativo of the United States in bis country, a certifícate to the effect that he is sound in niind and body, able to support himself, not a criminal, not obuoxious to the laws of the United States, not assisted by charity to emigrate, able to read and write hin own language, and to read the constitution of the United States either in his own language or in English. The bill will not keep out any desirable class of iminigrants. Only those who can be admitted uuder the provisiona are fitted ever to become citizens. The educational requirenient is one of the most important features of the bill. It would out off large numbers of ignorant, cheap laborera that come over here and enter into disastrous competition vith the most poorly paid classes of Vmerican laborera, "indeed, the bill, if it becomes a law, will be a very important measure of protection to American labor of all classes. The "forcé bilí" is not a forcé bilí but a fair election bilí, providing the same law for Michigan as for Mississippi. The murderous Sioux chiefs are now in Washington attending the theatres, fllling the boxes, and Únele Sam pays the bilí. AVindom died poor and it is feared that he has not left enough property to keep his family in even moderate circuinstances. Kansas bas not gained anything in the national councils by replacing Ingalls witb Keffer. He wOl be a nonentity there, without influence or friends. The new apportionment bill passed by Congress provides for 356 members in the lower house. There are 325 in thé present one. Michigan will gain one member, having twelve hereafter. If Chicago expects to have a workl's fair in 1893 she had better begin to cease talking and get down to business. The buildings should be already commenced. The democratie legislatura will not vote a cent for the G. A. R. national encampment at Detroit next summer. The soldiere never were prime favorites with that party. Senator Wolcott ought to come to Detroit on the 22nd, and speak at the Michigan Club banquet that evening. He might, possibly, learn something he doesn't know now. The Tatrons of Industry have 54 votes in the house, at Lansing, or a majority over all. The senate also has a patrón majority. Now lefs see if they will 'egislate in favor of the farmers. Some of the disappointed democratie office seekers are scheming to lay out Judge Champlain in their coming convention. Anything for harmony and brotherly love. It will make no particular difference, however, who is nominated at that convention. The McKinley bill duty on eggs went into effect October 6, 1890. From the lst of October to the 6th we imported 1,139,303 dozen eggs, bat from the 6th to the 31st we imported onlv 123,589 dozen In other words the McKinley bill made a home market for 1,019,628 dozen eggs in 25 days. -X. Y. Press. Ingalls sold out his party in the hope of tickeling tlie Kansas farmer's alliance and being retaiued as senator, but the sale did not bring the coveted plum. Ingalls is a brilliant man, and had he goue down with colors flying and true to his principies he would stand higher today in the estimation of the people than he does. He truckled, trimmed his saila to catch on - didn't catch- and is lost. The following idea, taken trom the Plymouth Mail will receive the sanction of the law abiding people of the entire state: "There seems to be a inania of late for certain kinds of crime for which the laws of our state are not severe enough. We refer to that of assaults upou women and little girls. We can scarcely piek up one of the daily papers now without finding one or more cases of this kind. Imprisonment is the heaviest penalty we have, and that is entirely inadequate. We should like to see the whipping post added to imprisonment. About twenty lashes, once a week, we believe would reduce the number of such crimes seventy-five per cent. Something should be done."


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