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The democratie eouuty convention, held last Wednesdáy, brougbt about some curious resulte ; results that were quite surprising, not only to the democrats. but to everyboly. It was conceded, of course that tlie two Yankees, who had held their offices but one term should be renominated without ópposition. Tliis was done by a. claination. Mr. Martin J. Cavanmgb. renominating J. Willard Babbitt for judge of probate, and S. V. Beakes, who has evidently experienced a change of heart since two years ago, inakiug the renominating speech for County Clerk Brown. There must have been some queer twinges in Mr. Beakes' conscience as he got up and faced that audience with bis dish of crow. But he did it, and perhaps the memory of bis other speech, on a similar occasion, two years previous, never flitted across his mind while doing it. All had been forgotten? N. B.- [(Kight on the dead, now, between you and me, don't you believe it. It was crow, but not from choice.)] Then carne the tug of war, for sheriff. There were a number of candidates, and it took four ballots to nomínate. Miehael Brenner canie in the winner. Mr. Brenner is a pleasant gentleman, but he was not given the noniination because of any love the party liad forhim. Some of the candidates farther along in the list thought that if John Gillen, of Saline, the mar. whom the office would have most beriefited, and who many believe to have been the most deserVing, and the one of all others who should have been awarded the place, they thought that if he was placed on the ticket their chances would not be good. So, although loving John the most, they turned their votes to Michael and nominatcd hiin, out of policy. Solely, and ouly because he was a Germán and John was not. Then came register of deeds. For this office Frank P. Bogardus, of Ypsilanti, was upon the slate, and if good party service, long waiting, and the expenditure of time and money for the democratie party were any reasons fo giving a man the office, then Mr. Bogardus was richly entitled to the nomination, hut Mr. Brenner's Germán friends were grateful, and they turned in and gave Andrew T. Hughes, of Scio, the much coveted plum. Next was the Gerinan's turn again. The county treasurership bas been held by a Germán ever since that office wae filled by Stephen Fairchild, the crippled republicau old soldier, and a gentleman the memory of whom is a pleasant one in the minds of nearly every citizen of Washtenaw county, regardless of party or creed. It has got so now that no one but a Germán - or half-German - daré aspire to the office. Among the flve candidates this time was one to whom the democratie party was deeply indebted. A geiitleunm wbo had borne the bruut of battie for seven long yeavs as chairmau of the county committee, and never once asked a íiivor oí his party. He has been one of the strongest workera the domocratic party ever had in this county, or ever will have. Bnt that didn't count. He didn't have the influential friends back of hiin that the successful candidate did, and so he was "tumed down" and -Mi'. Suekey, who is comparatively a stranger to this county', was nominated. Mayor Poty made the nominating speech for .Air. Schuh, and lic did it in a very flowery way, as usual. He gave his candidate the benefit of the ancient history of (ireece aud Rome and quoted poetry in the Germán tongue. Une delégate said that it was the poetry that knocked Schuh out, but it wasn't it was solely the Iack of votes. This particular nominatton was really a notice served upon the party managers, that hard work and faithful service are not taken into account when party favors are bestowed. Talk about eorpöratioös being ungrateful! How about politica! parties? Especially this act of the democratie party in this county? The office of prosecuting attorney feil to Thomas. 1). Kearney, by an overwhelming vote. It ivas Tom's turn this time and he got there with both feet, having 115 votes to 20 for Jonen, of ine, and 25 for Mr. Marquardt, of this ity. Patrick McKernan was of course renominated for circuit court commisioner. He lias filled the office for so niany years, with such fidelity and inegrity, that it is doubtful if any person vould desire to take the office f rom him f they could. THE TICKET. Mr. Babbitt, as judge of probate, luis filled the office well, and there has been no compliiint from the hundreda of people with whoni he has had to deal in toe often delicate task of settling up estates. To be gure he bas had a brainy xperienceü and gentienuuiiy uepuiy, ut it isn't every office holder who is imart enough to keep such an aid about ïim. Connty Clerk Brown was elected igainst a tiercé opposition two years go, but he has fllled the office so well, ind kept the records and everything pertaining to his office in such mechancal and neat manner, and has been so iccomodating that he lias made his snemies liis friends. For sheriff, Michael Brenner is one of the best hearted of the many large tiearted Germán citizens of Ann Arbor. Andrew ï. Hughes, of Scio, for register of deeds, bas been supervisor of his town for a number of years, and is one of the kind who makes friends. He is well qualifled for the office to which he aspires, and belongs to the class known as "bjistlers." Paul G. Suekey, for county treasurer, is perhaps the least known araong the people of the county of all the candidatos. He is a hi_'bly p.ducated man, speaking hot oí msnauve longues flüently, and is quite aptly acquiring the English laüguae. He was hired by the democratie national committee four yeárs ago to make speeches in Oerman in otlier parts of the country, aad it is understood that he has made a very favorable contract with the committee this year also. Whether the national committee will euiploy him to make speeches in this county this f all, or not, of course is not known. He has a flne physique and is a bright man intellectuaily. Thos. I). Kearney for prosecuting attorney is too well known to need an introduction to the public. He bas been city attorney, and is a young lawyer who bas good ability and many friends. The circuit court commissioners, P. McKernan, of this city, and Tracy Towne.r, of Ypsilanti, are the present ncuuibeiits, as also are coroners, Mart i Clark, of Ann Arbor, and Dr. Batwell, of Ypsilanti. There can be little fault found with the personnel of the ticket, nevertheless there is a deep seated eonviction in the minds of many of the people of tL county that a change in at least a portion of the offices would be a good thhig Eor the public in general. Whether thejeonviction has rooted itself deep eñough to effect a change in this overwhelming democratie county this year, is a question that can ónly be determiued at the polls uexl November. Taking locality into consideration the city of Ann Árbol' lias nothing to complain of. H has six candidates upon the ticket, while Ypsilanti has but thr e and Scio butone. One of the managers of Sells' circus said the other day to ye scrihe : "I have traveled quite extensively in my day, in fact have been nearly over the globe, and I never was more struck with a place than I ain with this beautiful little city of Ann Arbor, but I am astonished that you have no sewers! Wlvy, man aiive, what would you do if the cholera should reneh h,ere? If I was nt the lieail of a paper in Ann Arbor I would give the city authorities and people m rest until there was a thorough system of sewers in the city. Why, sir! I consider it positively dangerous to the gooi; health of your community. By all naeans, my dear sir, }-ou newspaper men should not rest until you get the people aroused to their danger. I shal' bear with me pleasant remembrances o: this little city of yours, but I hope, should I be fortúnate enough to visit here again, to find that you have succeeded in getting sewers. Good bye, sir. Come to the show. I have no heaitancy in saying that you will enjoy it, for Sells Bros. take no second place in the show business. Good day, sir."


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