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Michigan's Favorite Son

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The fulsome eulogy poured forth upon Gen. Alger and the protraits so numerously circulated must have some comtnon origin. But it remains for the Denver World of April 1 3th, a strong repubhcan paper, to give voice to a sentiment of disapprobation for the methods used in booming Alger. It says: Governor Russell A. Alger, of Michigan, has established a literary bureau at Detroit to boom him for the Presidency. This is in the worst possible taste, and if it does not disgust the country with Governor Alger and his boom, we shall be disappointed in the state of public sentiment. Governor Alger is known locally as a clever man, and as a good Republican his ambition is entitled to respectful consideration, if urged with proper modesty. If urged with an immodest persisteicy that disgusts the country, he will have only his own gall to blame for his chagrín. When the "literary bureau" was first adopted as a political ïnstrumentality by Tilden, it had the merit of being original, and its novelty made it something of a success. But it was used in that instance to nationalize the really great local reputation of a big man. Governor Alger cannot, without a stretch ot courtesy, be considered a very big man even in Michigan, though he is a smart man and a popular man. But his local popwlarity would look rather thin and cheap spread over the whole of this great country by his literary bureau. That sort of thing has too much the appearance of patent medicine advertising to be attractive to the general mind. There is too much cheek about it. The party is not in a disposition this year to take up a man whose reputation has to be made for him by a literary bureau.


Ann Arbor Argus
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