Congressmen Chipman and Tarsney should have been present at the Grand Rapids convention last week. It would have done them good and might have exercised a healthy influence upon their speeches. Whence comes Alger's sudden popularity. Four years ago he ran for Governor and received a plurality of 3,953. At the expiration of his term it was generally believed that he would be beaten if re-nominated. Surely his running record shows no elements of remarkable popularity. It seems that there must be considerable wind about Alger's boom. The New Y ork state democratie convention declares emphatically in favor of Cleveland and the platform as laid down by his message. It instructs its delegates to vote for Cleveland in the National convention. The instructions were passed unanimously. Burke Cochran, the Tammany hall congressman, who made such a bitter fight in the convention against Cleveland four years ago, strongly indorsed him in a speech at the state convention Tuesday. Old dissensions have been healed and the democracy support Cleveland soljdly this year. Congressman Allen made his tarriff speech, Wednesday. We peruse in vain the exti'acts given in the papers for the statement of some ' economie truth. The Congressman has taken pains that we should not get the Congressional Record to see the full text of the speech. We confess we are disappointed. We look for something else in a Congressman besides voice and sound. Captain Allen's forte is not ridicule and instead of outlining cartoons for Puck, he might better employ his time in discussing the effect of the Mills bill in saving money to the people and leaving it in the pocket of those who earn it. Why cannot the Detroit Free Press and Evening Isews rise above mere local jealousy in discussing the medical department of the Univer-, sity. They are state papers, rather than Detroit papers and should so ronduct their columns. This week, the Evening News calis for the enfire abolition of the medical department of the University. The reason impliedly given is that this would build up or strengthen a small, private institution knowñ as the Detroit Medical College, For the same reason, thought it does not so state, the Free Press this week again returns to its demancl that the medical department be divided and half of it removed to Detroit and annexed to the Detroit Medical College. Now this same small medical fledgling is not a state institution and the state at large has no interest in it. Henee it is clearly out of place to consider its welfare in deciding upon the future of the medical department. To every thinking man, it mast be clear than, there is no etrength in división. Nor ,s there any dearth of clinical material obtainable here. The medical clinics are full. The Register has a hobby, which it is just now riding todeath. It is the prohibition hobby. It strove to secure it by passing constitutional amendment and failed. It strove to secure it at the local option election this spring but failed by over 1600. Faihng in this, it seems to have been of the opinión that the common council of the city should give it the prohibition it sought but could not obtain by the vote of the people. And because the majority of the council saw fit to interpret the liquor law ïelating tO'the bonds in a manner differing from the interpretaron of the editor of our prohibition contení porary, who possibly never saw the inside of a law book, the columns of his paper have been filled for the past two weeks with denunciations of the aldermen and the mayor. We shall not consider them at length. Suffice it to state that the object of the law relating to the bonds is to pro vide ampie security for the collec tion of any damages which migh be obtained against a saloon keepei for breaking the laws in selling to minors, drunkards, etc. It has been many years since as good a set of bonüsmen have beert secured as this year. Evêh the aldefnién who side with the Register admit this. Anc we believe that judgments obtainec against any saloon keeper in the city are collectable to the amount of the bonds. The object of the law is obtained, the security is ampie Furthermore there has been no violatiori of the laws on the part o the council. Our prohibition contemporary should consider that the council have no power to keep down the number of saloons. There is no such thing as a saloon license, grant ed at the pleasure of the council in this state. Any one who pays the $500 tax and furnishes a bond mus be given the right to sell liquor The council have 110 choice in the matter, further than to see that the security is ampie.