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"Claim everything, concede ing" is a tamous expression said to j have been used by a Michigan man ; at the time of the inception of the great fraud of 1876, whereby the presidency was stolen. The recent! salaries steal in our State suggests a possible growth of the seed then sown into the harvest now being reaped. Chickens seldom fail to come home to roost. Last Monday Gov. Rich, after listening to their defense, served formal notice of removal upon the members of the state canvassing board for gross neglect of duty in canvassing the returns on the salaries amendment to the constitution last spring. The end is not yet, however, as they refuse to surrender their offices. Quo warranto proceeding have, therefore, been commenced in the Supreme Court to determine by what authority they continue to exercise the functions of their respective offices in the face of the governor's order of removal. To the lasting honor of Joseph Pulitzer, of the New York World, be it said that, although a millionaire several times over, he is a consistent advocate of the income tax. The World, in fact, is the only great metropolitan paper that has varmly and ably advocated this just tax from the start. He believes that as the possessors of wealth are the greatest beneficiarles of the government, they should willingly contribute their just share towards the naaintenance of the governmental burdens. If there were more people of wealth possessed of the spirit of Mr. Pulitzer, there would be in this country a more equitable distribution of wealth and less friction between classes. 'Tis said that the sub committee of the senate finance committee is in favor of reporting the Wilson bill in substantially the condition they received it from the House. The desire for changes in the interest of trusts and protected industries comes from outside the committee. The senators from Louisiana want a tax -on sugar, Senators White, of California, and Smith, of New. Jersey do not desire to have the democratie policy of tariff reform applied to their states and the New York senators are said to have promised a hearing to interested parties and threaten to vote with the Republicans to recommit the bill, if these hearings are not granted. Such log-rolling schemes are of course expected of the supporters of protection, but that the professional advocates of tariff reform should resort to such tactics is infamous. The McKinley bill, the most disreputable tariff measure ever forced throught Congress was made up through just such "herring" combinations. Whole paragraphs are said to have been copied verbatim from the documents furnished by the trusts and protected interests. It was a dishonest measure throughout, framed in the interest of classes as opposed to the masses, and consequently such tactics were befitting its origin and purpose. Such, however, is not the history of the Wilson bill. It is a conservative, honest measure, framed in the interest of the people, and designed to redeem the platform pledges of the Democratie party. These pledges were accepted by the people and the majority in Congress was commissioned to carry them out. That any Democrat should now be found willing to engage in the miserable log-rolling methods of the protectionist is a betrayal of trust and unworthy any advocate of tariflf ! reforrtt. Better a!low the bill to ! fail than to surrender the j upon which it is framed.


Ann Arbor Argus
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