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There is at least one oasis in th Sahara of defeat. JNow that the offi cal returns are in, it will be clearl} seen that the republicans have noth ing specially to crow over in Washtenaw county. Let us compare the majorities with previous presidential years. Four years ago the democrats and greenbackers fused on electors. It will be remembered that there was one democratie elector who was not on the greenback ticket and one greenback elector that was not on the democratie ticket. The vote in this county stood Cleveland 4,983 , Butler 332, Blaine 4050, St. John 619. The plurality ot the democratie elector over the Blaine elector was 933. It will take over nine hundred years at this rate of gain for the republicans to revolutionize this rounty. This year the Butler vote has gone back to fhe farties trom which t carne, and many prohibitionists have returned to the republican fold. Four years ago the democratie coroners had 703 plurality. This year they have 927. The lowest candidate on the democratie ticket is 1121 better off in plurality than the lowest candidate on the demociatic ticket four years ago. Let us go back farther. In 1872, the republicans carried this county for Grant by 1076 plurality. In 1S76, Tilden carried it by 54S. In 18S0 Hancock's plurality was only 329. Certainly the democrats have no need to be ashamed of their showing this year. Cleveland's vote in this county this year is 49S larger than it was in 1884 and 175 larger than the combined Cleveland and Butler vote o] 18S4. Harrison's vote is 490 larger than Blaine's while Fiske's is 77 less than St. Johns and 272 less than Dickie's two years ago. Michigan has five hundred and thirty weekly newspapers, six semiweekly, two tri-weekly and fortyfour daily papers. They are published in 304 tovvns. There are as many weeklies published in this state asare published in JVlair.e, New Hampshire,Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maryland. There are only twelve less weeklies published in Michigan than in all the Canadian provinces put together. It will be seen that our people are a reading people. We don't aiways agree with the Detroit Evening News but we must say for it, that its chief editoria! writer handles a quül unequaJled in Michigan. We often diífer from ■his conclusions and we would like it better, if he could saysome things before election, whic=h he says afterward. Since the News has endeavored to lift itself from the sensationalisin which at one time disgraced it, it has become a real, live and spicy newspaper and one which is aiways read with interest. It keeps up with the times. Capt. Allen has now run three times for congress. He is a popular man and given to running well in his own county. But every time Jie runs he gets fewer democratie votes in this county, although he still seems to have a hold on the prohibition electors. Now for the figures to prove this assertion. Four years ago Eldridge had 241 less votes than the Cleveland-JButler electors in this county. Two years ago Salsbury had 199 less votes than Yaple and this year títearns has only 74 less votes than Cleveland. Every time Allen has run, the prohibition candidate for congress has fallen far below his party vote. The Detroitjournal is a usually a well iniormed journal, butit exposed a vast deal of ignorance Tuesday evening in discussing politics in this city. Said the Journal: "There lived in Ann Arbor a number of old-time veterans in the cause, whose services in the past have been valuable, and who gave time and money while the state's dispenser of democratie patronage wore swaddling clothes. Thev and their friends could not help but dislike the situation, and gave vent to their feelings by a siltnt vote; which vote dusappoints the enemy." The text for these observations is the fact that Washtenaw didn't give the democratie ticket a majority n{ 2000. If the Journal man had been posted in Ann Arbor politics, he would know that it is but a very short time since Ann Arbor was rcgarded as a republican city. In fact. in 1884 when Cleveland barely carried the city, it was regarded as a gret achievement. This year Cleveland carried the city by 97, a substantial increase over four years ago, and in spite of the desperate efforts of the republican leaders, who had raised quite a pool of money for work in the city on election day. If I the same ratio of gain had been kept up throughout the state, Michigan would have been democratie by over 10,000. The "old time veterans" of whom the Journal speaks didn't express any disapproval of Cleveland by a silent vote in this city. In fact many of them did most excellent service for him. The tale that the Journal would unfold is one built only in the imagination of some member of the Journal staff. The republicAns are already boasting of their ability to carry the country four years henee. Four years is a long way off and there will be many quarrels over the offices in the meantime. The following from the Lansing Journal shows that the republicans are not too sure of the country in 1892, especially as a change of one or two votes in each election district of the dou'otful states will make them democratie: The Detroit JNewssays that ïf the republicans control the next House thev will admit North and South Dakota, Washington, WyominganJ Idaho, which will give them ten additional United States Senators and about 25 additional members of the House. It is not so certain that the republicans will be in a hurry to admit Wyoming and Washington, which are democratically inclined territores. They will probablv erect North and South Dakota and Idaho into States, which will give them six new Senators and perhaps eight new Eiepresentaüves. That will m ike a total of 14 additional republican votes in the electoral college. This will not be sufficient to insure the Derpetuation of republican power Diovided the democrats can carry the solid South and New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Indiana in 1892. The present number of torl votes is 4oi. The 14 additional would make the whole number 415, necessitatinjj the securing of 208 votes in order to elect. Cleveland obtained 219 electoral votes in 1884 or 11 more than would be necessary if the three republican teiritories were admitted. There is certainly nothing in the situation to justify the News' dolorous predictions regarding the future of democracv. That glonous old rock-ribbed organization, undaunted and hopeful even in this dismal November day, shall yet behold a new morn on its mid-day risen. It was beaten much more badly in iS8o and yet it carne up smiling in 1S84 and collared the prize. That is what it will do in 1892.


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