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The Alderman From The Seventh

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Day
26
Month
September
Year
1895
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Public Domain
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ward. Mr. Kutterfield, who# remarla in the Comnuon Couneil wore made the subject of an editorial In the Arpisof last weck. and who was expressly invlted to reply thereto, Is a believer in the motto of the statesman who held that public officials, when as-ailedhy thepress, musí trvist in the main their defense to the press: and he t herefore declines to enter into jiny newspaper eontroversy over the allegad extravagauce of the city government or comparativo disbursements of the public funds. The Registkii. liowever. Is unwillinR to allow tlic people of the City to believe thai the editorial of the Argus is unanswerablr, and therefore, devotes brief space toa few remarks by way of response. In the tirst place, it should be noted that the most that was intended to ! accntuplished in the speech alluded to was the overthrow of the proposi1 ion that the Council had Increased taxation in thiscityby the'addition of iiffceefi pèr cent, br to any extent whatever; tbe truc and proper i Ime tu rharactevize 'he - ■ i n 1 1 i -;t 1 efforts of any legislatlve body being found at the close of tts Bacal year. To those who are familiar with tlic city's expenditures.it l&unnecesBáry in say that the cirbvönstancea might be and oftea are Buch tliat the select ion of a fel months oí one year and a comparisonwith the corresponding months Of thé prcvions year would be very Eaigleading. Disbursemente are made with sudi Irregularity that qo corred estimatecan bemadeoï theaggregate expenditúrea oí a glven admini-t i-atioii uut il after they have all been made and the work of llie year is ■ump'etr. A n onent s alculation at that time will afford an answer to the question as the Argus has framed it: "How badly will the treasury be depleted when the eouncil is throughV" Uponthepotni thai thls oouncil i In no wav responsible förany increase inUixatioü. whtcti wastheohly proposition for wliich the ildennan contended, the Argus msikes ni i i ion but tlnit bc m rt rld !y coirèci ; and beneed not tnerefoï feèl calledj upon to make any qualiftcatlon A wliat was said upon the occasion referred to. 1 ; u i what is the ivsuli of the Argus investigation? To wliai conclusión has il arrived? We fthö by its figures tiiai ii bWascertained by earefuland diligent industry tliai the 1 uros oí t lie present councu chmng the montha ol May, 'June, .luly. August anrl September exceed those of the last couneti during the corresponding months of isih. omitting trom the oalculation entirely the growtb of the city witliin tlie com-j pass of the period to whicti he refere, - a nmst potent factor, -estimated by con8ervatlve business pen to have warranted the erectloapT two hundrèd dwellings wlth the accompanyini; Increased outlay for a Ure tlon and light, by the enormous gum OÍ foriy-tivt' (lolhirs and .xl cents. Wc arcïeminded ut' the phraseoi i ]u. Uoman acribe: "Parturinunl montex, naseetur rediculuos mus." N;iy, the mountains have been in labor, and :i mouse is bom. And in tliis ooanecl ItA) wc would respectfully cali attention to the fací which must have eluded the gazeat the Aiüus wit h hia hündred ■yes that thepreseni council, vinder tbe advlce oL tlie city attorney, lias ly.úd to lorence Y. öuiitli, of ScUoolcruiti Michigan, the Sofia of om thousand dollars as eompensation for injuries sustained by her by reason of the failure oí some previous council to mainlain he sidewalks in a suitable state Of repair, and in settlenient of litigation which had been pending nce is;.!. When we credit the present officials wil h this extraordinary sum v.liicii ihiM-ouncilof 1894 was not required to meet and which cannot, in f;,in„ss. be called an expenditure by the present administration. and when we further remember that the present administiation has seeured a contract for the distribuí ion of electrio üght in the city at a aaving to the tax payers of about $6,000 in ftve years it would seem that the worthy Argus. like the warrior of old, is "hoist by his own petard." One of the cuekoo organs stepped to the littlc door and with flapping win;s shouted: "The great corn erop will make good old-fashioned Democrat times." Indeed, and did it allude to the times when for want of a market, "corn was burned"? Those were good old-fashioned Democrat times, but they are out of fashion now.- Grand Rapids Herald. __ The cable letters from London teil how the Englishmen are making much of Americans this year. They can afford to on the bond deal alone, to say4 nothing of the great revival of British manufacturing and trade consequent upon the passage of the Gorman-Wilson bill. Knglishmen would be ungrateful dogs not to coddle the innocents they pluck.- Salt Lake Tribune. The N. Y. Central and Hudson River rallroad oompany reeently took a hand at record smashing and it camo out in this, as it does in everything else in raüroading, at the lop of the.heap. A heavy passenger train left New York ( 'ity at ."i:40 a. m. and ai-rived at Buffalo in just 407 minutes, a run of 436 miles at the rate of 64i miles per hour. including all stops. This is setting the proper example to other roads The Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan railroad company having become a thing of the past, and a new company having come into control o the road, it is to be hoped that a radica change will be made in the heads o the departments. With men in some of these positions whose visión is not as broad as a copper cent it is not surpris ing that the road has never prospered Some needed remováis would do much to make the road far more populai than it now is. The Czar of Russia has decided to take into his own hands the business of liquor selling throughout the ontire Russian Empire. The fact that the Russian peasants were beeoming almost universally topers has prompted this. course on the part of the new Czar. It is rather unoxpected to see Russia taking the lead in the control of liquor selling. The Czar may yet surprise other nations by making Russia a prohi bition country. If he should decide to do so we shall most certainly have a place vvhere prohibition does prohibit and there will be no doubt about it. Protection sentiment continúes strong and active in the great West. In the South it is also developins more and more. Why? Beeause the value and benefit of manufacturers are better known and understood among places that havo few or no factories, than in industrial centers of the East. The resolute, enersretic pioneerswho are building up States such as Montana, the Dakotas and Washington, regard the establishment of ncw industries as the only sound basis of prosperity. Such men study praetically the growth of oommonwealths and become, as the result, active, zealous Protectionists. ('akiued away by its Frec-Trade enthusiasm, the New York World said recentty: "Yesterday was the bannei day of the Custom House. The entries for customs were 1519 and the rceeipte wero $4:i8,2(iö. ."). No day in in the history of the CUStome 'at New York. ander the McKinley bill approaehed these reneipts within $50,006." As for ourselves, we would muuh rathcr hear of "banner days at Ameiioan factorics, on which more g-oods would bc made and mom wagres paid than over befare. Thorc is something absurd in this boastin;; of the inttux of foreign goods at a timo when many worthy people are out of work and many more are working for low wagos. The McKlnley bilí can stand the implted sneer in the above paragraph. It did not destroy foreign commcroe as its opponents held it would, but it hold in check forcign import that competed witta home industries. It was not tramed U créate a "banner day" at the Custom House. THB "harnessing; of Niágara" has been a dreun of the engineer for two hufidred years, yet onlj within the past few months h:is the dreara become a reality. In sotqe respecta, at least, r,o otter waterfall in the world possesses Buch excepüonal advantagea as tbis iji-i-ai Ami'i-iciui oateract. At XiI Bgap about 300,000 cublo feet ot water ] plunge over a precipíceone hundredaad I fifty feet liigh, every second, and this 8upi)ly, coming from the great lakes, which drain 300,000 square miles of territory, is beyond the power of any drought to affect. The area of possible power transmission from Niágara, the ower being eleotricity generated by I mmense turbine wheels at the falls, is all the territory within a radias of live hundred miles. This will include all New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, parts of Illinois (including Chicago) Kentucky and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The present power station at Niágara, now approaching completion, is designed for the reception of ten turbine wheels, cach, with its appropriate generator, capable of delivering a current of 5,000 horse-power. This station will not use one-hundredth part of the available power of the falls, which can be utilized as soon as a there is demand for it. It has been estimated that an electric plant, using eoal and steam to run the dynamos, can furnish a current for 3out $50 per horse-power, per year. he Niágara company offer to furnish t for $18 per horse power.- Ex.

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