It ought to be a democratie state, " etc, argued a local contemporary last week. Yes, it is a good missionary field for the democracy to cultívate if free trade principies are the seed they wish to grow. At the last election in 1888, on the Cleveland free-trade platform, the democrats carried only two districts in the state with a plurality of 3,569 for free trade, leaving nine districts for the republicans with a plurality for protection of 25,316. In 1886 the democrats carried six distriets with a plurality of 5,655. Yes, it i a good missionary field, but where are the aaissionaries ? Congressman Aixen honored The Register with a pleasant callTuesday. He appears well and hearty and in good shape to start out on the new decade just begun. He said he should leave for Washington the following aiorning. Strange to relate, Mr. Allen ia not exactly satisfiedwith some things that have been said about him in connection with the postomce appointment, and has prepared a long statement of bis side of the question, which he ■would like to have appear in our columns. On account of its lengthjand New Year's intervening, we are obliged to defer it until next week when it will be published in full. The youDg man who edits the Chariotte Leader is, to say the least, a conundrum. Kecently he claimed editorially that he clipped from " last week's Register," an article that entirely misrepresented our position. When challenged to point out the article he claimed to have clipped, he backed down and said he found it in the Free Press, but did not know when, virtually admitting the deception he had practiced. Eeferring to the Free Press was, ■very probably, deception number two, lor we havehunted our files thoroughly to see if such a sentiment had been expressed, and can not find any thing of it. The Free Press, of Detroit, and Argus (democrat), of this city, recently published the item referred to as the sentiments of ex-Senator Reuben Kempf, of this city, and it is quite probable that in some way the Charlotte editor got it iato his head that The Register had aanceded a rational idea to the democracy. He very foolishly thought he was making a good point for his party, but he is too reckless for even a democratie ■writer. To show how near the verge of lunacy the editor of the Leader is, wo truly "clip" from his editorial column of Dec. 26th, 1889, his latest utterance on this subject : "OuRgoodfriend.Mr. Kittredge, of the Ann Arbor Register, takes us to task for publishing an item in these columns two weeks ago credit to the Register. As Mr. Kittredge has not yet denied the authenticity of the article we can not see where-in we mad any mistake in our ereditorthat he has any reason forcomplaint, unless itbe that some one in his own office íb imposing upon his duplicity." We are willing to admit that this is decidedly demoralizing to our " duplicity." The Courier has said so much abou? the motives and opinionsof The Register, and has gone so tar in its feeble attempts to justify the course it has taken, and thepolicy Mr. Allen has followed in post office matters here, that we are constrained to make a few inquiries, in the hope that they may help to enlighten some who may have been misled in the matter, though we doubt if very many have been so easily deceived. Why is it that Mr. Allen is not disposed to allow anybody to see the original petitions handed in by Messrs. Sumner and Beal, or why should he object to having them published? They are public documents, concerning a public office, and should be open to all. Why is it that so many republicans in Ann Arbor honestly believe that in order to give Mr. Beal a majority, Mr. Allen should "count out" a sufficient number of well-known citizens, men of anquestioned republicanism, under the flimsy plea that they were not loyal to the party? Why is it so generally believed that Mr. Allen has done this simply to gratify the wish of the editor ef the Courier to have his unele appointed postmaster in order to relieve said editor from an embarrassing position? Why is it that Mr. Sumner claims that if the original petitions and letters were submitted to an impartial eommittee who would not "count out" everybody who has ever dared to oppose the political policy of the Courie r he, Sumner.would have a strong majority has not been disproved? If Mr. Allen has the proofhe claims to possess and does not wish to give it to the public, why doeshenot submit it to someumneifed party, and let us have from him statement of how matters stand? This would simplify mattera and in the main would satisfy all concerned. Mr. Allen claims to have been perfectly fair in the matter, but certain letters which he has written to certain prominent citizjns prove conclusively that if his intentions are good, he has been grossly deceived and has "counted out" some of our most substantial citizens, and leading patrons of the Ann Arbor postoffice, simply because they have not seen fit to agree in all cases with the selfish policy of the Courier. The Register is willing to accept the certain voice of the undoubted republicans of this community, and will readily acqiuesce in whatever the majority desires in the matter, but it does object to votes being thrown out because they have incurred the dislike of the Beal faction. The party has already submitted to too much bossism in this county and it is time to cali a halt. ItissurprÍ8Íng tousthat Mr. Allen should allow himself to be led into any such scheme, for, no difference how much he protests his innocence or declares that he has tried to act fairly, people will condemn him for either doing it himself or allowing others through him toread prominent republicans out of the party by refusing them a'voice in the actions of the party. It is unfortunate that this contest has occurred, and the only way out of it is to make public the whole matter or else submit all the evidence to a committee of uninterested people and let those succeed who deserve success. No person with a partiële of reason could object to such a plan. Mr. Sumner stands ready to do this. Will Mr. Beal be as loyal to his party's interest and agree to the same. It is the only certain wav in which he can save a split in the party over this question. By so doing he would run no risk of losing anything he deserves, and at the same time perform an act which would command the highest respect of his party. We shall, however, not be at all surprised if Mr. Beal should ignore all the rights of the other candidate, and the expressed wishes of, as we believe, the majority of the party, and accept his commission the very day it arrivés.