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As no human boing has ever beencreatcd perfect, so undoubtedly no municipal or other goverument will ever be made perfect. The desire of all good citizen.s is that the best eftbrtsof all officials shall be put forth to secure to the people a clean and moral adininistration of all'airs. Every littlo wlnle some groat (?) locai agitator takea it apon himself to cleanse the municipal atmosphere of our fait city, and he without cxception, goes about it in a way very peculiar. What would be thought of a physician, who being called upon bya patiënt should saytohim: " Why, my dear sir, you are filled with rottennesa and corruptionand there is no help for you;" and then turn to the people and say : "behold tliis man, how vile he is?" What would you thinkof such a method mi effect a cure? The right sort of a doctor would keep his own counsel, in the first place, and in the next place he would set about Beeking remedies to help the patiënt. So in our municipal affairs, we have a numberof clamorous ones who think that the only way to correct abuses in our city affaire is for thcm to parade before the world every little wrong that occurs, without over taking bold and quietly trying toright the wrong without calling the pnblic's attention to it. Such reformers are uot reformera at all ; they are simply egotista who seek to gain prominence by parading themselvea before the public in righteous garb, and forcing soine one else to do the unpleasant work. What would be thouglit of tlie parent who would parade before the public every error or wrong thing done by his children, instead of quietly reproving them for their misdeeds ? The case is a parallel one. Ann Arbor has some 2,500 or 3,000 young people gathered from all parts of the world, and every citizen here is desirous of having more come, and yet there is a class who insiat uponpublishing broadcast exaggerated and wild statements regarding the corruption of our city government, the looseness of moráis and general absence of virtue in the city. Every such statement beiug copied far and wide works irreparable injury to tliis city and its great institutions of learning, and uselessly and unjustly so, for they are falsehoods. The City of Ann Arbor is neither a Sodom or Gomorrah. It is not a den of wickedness, nor the abode of the vile. To be sure there are wicked and vile people here, no doubt, but not in any great numbers; in fact we doubt if there is another city of its size in the United States where the proportion of the uudesirable class of citizens is so small. That the community is a lawabiding one is proven in the fact that it requires only one policeman by day and two by night to guard its property and the rights and lives of its citizens. Ladiescanand do walk upon our streets at night without escort and without benig molested or insulted. Where is the equal of this in Michigan ? Healthy criticism is all right, and often accomplishea good, but wholesale denunciation and wild, extravagant and reckless statements, sent broad-cast over the country, can accomplish nothng but harm. Oí the thousands upon thousanda oí Italian mafia's other outlaws and paupers being sent to our shores constantly by foreign poivers, every rnother's son of them, when they come to vote- and they all will vote- are "agin the governnient." Únele Jerry Eusk says that President larrison made more good epeei viíhout preparation, while on the recent rip than many high grade men make i a lüe time, with every preparation, nd thenjtlünk oL it! the President idn't have any encyclopedia with liini ither. Xorany little Dan. Many of our people will remember the charming Mrs. Ormiston Chanl. has lectured in this city a few times. neis, now telling her people in Engabout her tra veis, and among other mil tilines she said that while in Maine ie "traveléd for days without seeing a igged child or a hungry-looking man ■ uoiiian. and she was never among so any people who were the owners of leir own homes." Maine has still another feature to be prou-1 of: her reliable and handaome republican majorities. When Mr. Hatch was warden of the State prison, at Jackson, the democratie papers of the state were continually holding up their hands in horror over his humane acts, and when Mr. Winans was elected governor, they said achauge should be effected in the management of that institution. Arnl when warden Davia took hold he gave the people to understand that he would rule the convicte witli an iron hand. And now it appears that he is even more lenient than Hatch. He even allows the pi-isoners to play base ball, and the other day they engaged in an exciting raine of football. They have their brass band, also, and are evidently on the high road to a gymnasium and a minstrel show. How consistent some people are ? A humorous faet about Ilood's Sarsaparilla- it expells bad humor and creates good humor. Be Bure ani get Ilood's.


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