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eeems to have proven a complete success in Montana Tuesday. Michigan coutd take a few lessons from the far west on the subject of ballot reform, at least. -_______i_ ThE fire in Grand Haven was a hard stroke for Ihat enterprising city. ltwill be difficult for it to recover from such a great disaster. Such misfortunes are very forcible warnings to other cities to continually be on the alert against an ever present danger. The people of Michigan are responding liberally to those so suddenly left destitute. Ir is is to be hoped that the report which is current that Prof. Adams expects soou to sever his connection with the Univ.ersity is not true. Thereputation which the profebsor has made for himself among all who have made a Btudy of politieal science is one which adds greatly to the strength of the University, and which that institution can ill afford to lose. It begins to look as though the democrate in one of the Boston congressioual districts actually intend to put up John L. Sullivan as their candidato. If the leaders in hat party would always put up such men there would be fewer of that class in Washington, for it is scarcely to be believsd that even Boston is so far lost to all sense of decency as to find a majority in any district who would vote for the notorious slngger. Thb enrollment at the univeraity is running away above high water mark. The increase over the enrollment at a corresponding date last year ia such as to leave no doubt that the number of studente this year will reach at least two thousand. This will place the U. of M., go far as numbers are concerned, in the lead of every other university in this country. In almost every other respect it has for a long time been second to none. The railroad which employed the drunken engineerTwombley in Chicago it seems was not only well aware that he was a drunkard, but is now trying to intimídate witnesses against swearing that he was drunk at the time his engine killed a half dozen people, althoagh it was plainly evident that he was. The course of the officials shows thern equally guilty with the engineer. A term in state's prison should be the deserts of such criminal carelessness, and it now actually looks as though some of them at least may get their just dues. All the new states go Republican. This seems to have been a foregone conclusion. The fight, where there was one, was either upon capítol localion or prohibition, orboth, as was the case in South Dakota. Here prohibition seems to have won by a email majoiity, while asyetit is not positively known what place has been chosen as the seat of government. The openness with which votes on the capítol location were traded and bought in Dakota was a disgrace to the new state, and offers another strong argument in favor of soine method of ballot reform. Tiie State Board of Health has seut out a circular entitled, " Tne Prevention of Typhoid Fever." This circular should be in the hands of every family in the State of Michigan. This terrible disease may be easily prevented by a few simple precautions. The publication gives the more important of these. It may be had byaddressingthesecretaryofthe Btate board at Lansing. With the circular is sent out a special letter sumining up the penalties for ueglecting to give notice of the existence of any infectious disease. It is well that people should know that such things can not be concealed with impunity. Thb death of Professor Nichols on laat Thursday was one of the saddest events which w? have been called upon to chronicle for many a day. The professor was one of the veteran teachers in the Anu Arbor High School, having been connected with that institution for nearly 30 years. His work bas always been of the most thorough going sort and many a young man and woman will remember him most grateiuüy for it. Hia various works on book-keeping have had a wide sale, the Register office having published edition after edition of his books for him. These books are to-day being used in many ofour best public schools inthis nd adjoining states. The simplicity and completeness of the I'rofessor's works have made his name an honored one among the vast army of commercial people who have studied his books. It will be difficult to fill his place in the school while among his personal friends and in his family there must ever be a vacancy which cannot be filled, and a sense of loss which cannot be eatisfied. Jüst two weeks from to-day the delegates from South America to the international American congresa just convened at Washington, will visit Ann Arbor. The visit here is one of especial significance. Though invited to this country to discuss political, social and commercial questions, the delegates will also visit and inspect some of our leading institutions of learning. It is for this purpose that they are coming to Ann Atbor. The University authorities will, doubtlesa, see that as much as possible of the institution is shown them as may be during the few hours they are here. It would be a waste of time and very inappropriate for the city to asV or expect any attention from the delegates. They will be here solely to visit the University, and the time will be all too short for them to see any of the details of its workings. It should therefore be the aim of the University authorities to so utilize the time as to most thoroughly impresa upon the delegates eomething of the liberal spirit which has done so much.towards building up this great institutian. It would also be a good idea for the students to give the delegates a reception in University hall Thursday evening. We beieve this would be the best plan to esliibit the popularity of the University of Michigan. It would would be impossible for one to sit upon the platform of Universty hall and look into the bright and intelligent faces of two thousand ambitious youug people without being impressed in a way which could never ae forgotten. Such an exhibition of its popularity would do much towards increasing the reputation of Michigan's school system, and its crowning instituion which has already gained a worldwide fame. The authorities on the campus owe it to the people of Michigan who have built up the U. of M. and iberally sustained it to make the'most of every reasonable.opportunity which hey may have to further its interests ly spreading its fame abroad. The city council meets next Monday night. Willit niake any effort towards nvestigating the question of sewers? The Register has shown very plainly that the people of Ana Arbor are fully alive to the great need of soine rnethod of disposing of the city's waste matter. The present council can perforin no reater service to the city, or do any;hing which wil! show it deserving of more honor, than to encourage a movement which will in the near future re8ult in the adoption and completion of Bome plan of getting rid of its disease breeding refuse. Unless something is done, and done soon, it will become rumored through the state, and justly too, that Ann Arbor is an unhealthy city in which to live. And then what will become of the steady growth of our university, and the growth of the city, which is, in the main, dependent upon the growth of the former? This is an important question and one which we cannot afford to ignore. We shall watch the course of the council in this matter and let the people know how the members of that honorable body feel concerning a question which is of so much importance to every resident in the city. We hope to be able to report that initiatory steps, at least, have been taken.


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