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When a school boy gets whipped he solaces himself with calling names. It is a saté expedient in argumentativo contests too. The Ypsilantian having no reply to one of our tariff articles contents itself with remarks about the "pons asinorum" etc. We have always admired the subtility of intelfect of our friends of the Ypsilantian and never more so than now. CHiKFjustice Waite, whose unexpecteil death last Friday,is mourned by many who carne to know him, was not a juiist ofsuch strength that his name will long be remembered by those notyet familiar with the names of the jurists pf the country. He was not, by far, the greatest lawyer in the country, but he was an hones. judge, and he did his best to fill act ceptably the office of chief justice of the highest court in the country, and he was immeasurably superior to such men as Harían, who are now on the bench. Advocates of a protective tariff are vvont to decant upon the great blessing it has been to this country. They saj that to it the farmer oves his prosperty and to reduce the taxation by means of the tariff would ruin the farmer. Let them put this fact in their pipe State Labor Commissioner Heath, a ïepublican, mind you, estimates that the farms of this state are mortgaged for $64,392,50.80 and the farmers annually pay $4,636,265.81 interest. What a tremendous blessing this protective tariff has been to the farmer. Speaking of raising money by taxation for private corporations, the Courier says: The experience of Ann Arbor in raising money for such purposes is not very encouraging to those towns. Judge Cooley pronounced the thing unconstitutional, and our council made a square back down, not daring to fight the collection of such a fraud. It seems only a little while ago that the Courier was poking fun at the Argus and its "constitooshunal'' editor for telling people that the bonus tax would be illegal and now it calis this tax which it so ardently championed, "a fraud." If sueh a little time works so great a change in opinión, there is hope that the Courier will one day see the unreasonableness of its present party beliefs. The republican party in Congress seem to have been afflicted with a species of palsy, not of that variety which that blather skite, General Fairchilds, invoked upon the presiden of the United States, but rather a palsy of the brain. Senator Blair, a republican of republicans, introduced a bilí to prefer confedérate soldiers in the governmental civil service. To the credit of the democratie senators of the south, be it said that they denounced the bill. The only person who ever had the hardihood to ask that men who took arms to destroy this blessed government of ours, should be rewarded by being preferred in office under this government was a republican. What have our republican friends to say about the solid south now? There are three Michigan men mentioned in connection with the vacant chief justiceship, men who are more than the peers of others mentioned from the other states These men are George V. N. Lothrop, Thomas M. Cooley and Don M. Dickinson. Any one of these would be an honor to the bench. Mr. Lothrop is the Nestor of democracy in this state. He is a grand man. His legal attainments, his scholarship, and his eloquence all add to his reputation. He is at present minister to Russia, and the only argument that can possibly be urged against his appointment to this more congenial position is his age. Judge Cooley is the greatest living American jurist. He is the greatest of our living law writers. But for the fact that he is not a democrat, he would undoubtedly be the next chief justice. At present, as chairman of the Inter-State Commerce Commissioners his decisions are of even greater moment than that of the chief justice, for he is molding a new system and meeting new problema, asyet unsettled. Postmaster General Dickinson is a young man and henee, in all probability, would for many years ensure a stability in the decisions of the court. The position i one to his' taste. He is an able lawyer and has enjoyed a large clientage. There is no discounting his democracy. He is probably most frequently mentioned for the place of the Michigan men and he is held in deservedly high esteem by President Cleveland. The second of a series of Philosophical papers issued this year, prepared by members of the University faculty, is now before us. It is a well prepared article by Dr. Alexander Winchell on Evolution and its Speculative and Religious Consequences. The professor is not one of those scientists or philosophers who believe that evolution can explain the mysteries of creation without a Supreme Being planning or directing the operations of evolution, and besides bringing this point out clearly he makes a number of speculative points in a concise marnier. Hej is a firm believer in evolution. Without detailing the chain of reasoning by which the professor arrivés at his conclusions, some of the speculative results at which he arrivés may not prove uninteresting. Man's physical development has reached its highest type, he thinks, and is now retrograding; ' The most intellectual families become first extinct but the time is far distant when there will not be recruits to fill the places of the over intellectualized, decadent race. But the mind and soul of mankind is still ascending in the scale of evolution. He finds that the doctrine of evolution would indícate that all the different races of mankind ai e descended from the same primative stock, but vet thousands ofyearsmust have elapsed since the rudest reasoning man set foot on this planet. He compares man to a machine," which will not work of itself, and reasons that there must be some outside agent lo have set the mechanism of the body at work. The part of the thesis which treats of the theological consequences to be deduced from the doctrine of evolution is worthy of the study of every one in whose mind a doubt lingers as to the harmony existing between religión and science.


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