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The Ratification Meeting

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The democrats of this viciuity held a largely attended mass meeting on the the court house square last Saturday evening to ratify the uomination of Cleveland and Thurman. From tree to tree across the square was extended a Cleveland and Thurman banner. Flags and red bandanas were plentif ui and the square in front of the speaker's stand was packed with people. The University democratie club headed by a band marched down the street to the meeting, several hundred strong. The meeting was evidently an enthusiastic one and it was plain that the party was a uuit in favor of its nojainees. The evening was au unpleasant one, the lowering clouds, threatening rain at any minute, and high winds prev.iihng. That so large a crowd of people shouid gather under such circumstances was a tokeu of the interest feit. Ex-Governor Alphens Felcb presided over the meeting and was iutroduced by Judge Joslyn in a few complimeutary remarks. Gov. Felch expressed his entire satisfaction with the ticket dominated ac St. Louis. He referred to past presidential elections and said that never before had he gone to the polls to cast his vote with greater satisfaction than he expected to feel when ie voted for Cleveland and Thurman. ' Ie spoke of the excellent records made jy our standard bearers, and impressed " he large audience who listened intently . o what he had to say with the f act that uch pure rninded men as ex-Gov. Felch would be found yielding hearty allegiance to the democratie uational ticket hisfall. Capt. C. il. Manly spoke for a few moments to the soldiers, and expressed he allegiance of the democratie soldiers o au admiDistration which had dealt so liberally with them in the matter of pensions. In his own case, he said he ïad been told that a democratie adminstration would cut off his pension. Instead of that they had increa3ed it. Capt. Manir spoke in high terms of the standaid bearers, praising the records they had made. Hon. Chas. E. Whitman, fresh from the St. Louis convention, said that the convention had given us a platform that means something, one which calis for revenue reform. Tne democratie party believe that the tarifi should be reduced so as to raise an amouut sufficient for the legitímate expenses of the guvernment. Anything over that amount was robbery.There isno way a dollar can be raised for the government ïevenues except it comes out of the pockets of the people, and every dollar over and above the amouut uecessary to carry on the government is unjustly taken from the people. A laborer would be benefitted by reducing the costs of tlie necessaiies of lite. Tuis is vvhat the democratie party proposed to do. The republicau party says take the tax off whiskey and tobacco. Tbs democratie party says take it off of blankets and other necessaries. The address was au eloquent plea to intelligent aud fair minclea citizens to vote for Cleveland and Thurmau. M. J. McEniry, of Osborn, 111., commenced with the rain which carne down heavily to make an eloquent address. ild spoke so as to be distinctly heard by the crowds of people in the doorways acioss the streets, and the faithful ones who remained in the rain. Ann Arboi democrats hope to hear from Mr McEniry again during the campaign. The meeting adjourned with three rousiug cheers for Cleveland and Thurman. Willard Stearns, editor of the Adrián Press, who was expected to address the meeting arrived 011 the 9:15 train after the rain had brought the meeting to a close. He had missed makiug connec tions in Detroit. The rain and high wind also prevented the great bulk o flreworks being displayed. There are some fine flreworks left for another occussion. The meeting was a decided success and the Cleveland and Thur man campaiga starts out well in Ann Arbor.


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