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"Trade is civilization." "Without trade ...

"Trade is civilization." "Without trade ... image
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Day
6
Month
April
Year
1894
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Public Domain
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"Trade is civilization." "Without trade we should be savages." The wider trade extends, the faster and the higher the advance of human progress. "A man's right to the fruits of his toil is not complete without the freedom to exchange it. To abridge that freedom is to limit that right." The campaign of 1S92 resulted in a great victory for tariff reform. The demand of the hour is that the verdict of the people be enactec into law. Speaker Crisp is the right man in the right place. Being convincec of this fact his collegues in the house besought him not to resign the speakership to take a seat in the senate tendered him by Gov. Northan of Georgia. After careful consideration of the matter he decidec to put the new honor aside and re main in the house. He was influenced in this decisión, undoubt edly, by patriotic motives; for hac he consulted his ambition and com fort alone, he would have gone into the higher body (?) where his labor would be far less laborious. He chose, however, to continue in hi present exalted position where he has served the people so acceptably and well. He has made an admir able speaker, one of the best we hav had, and he can be of vastly more -service to his party and the peopl where he is than in the senate. Hi action is to be commended. Governor Tillman, of South Carolina, is having an immense amount of trouble in his efforts to enforce the law restricting the debasing work of the liquor traffic. Under the dispensary law of South Carolina, the state alone has the right to conduct the liquor business. Of course, the whiskey interest would oppose such a law as it can gener ally be relied upon to work against restrictions put upon the traffic. The Governor seems, however, in spite of the most violent opposition -to be honestly trying to enforce the statute. The law may be wise or otherwise, and the Governor may be judicious or injudicious; but one thing is certain, he is a man with the courage of his convictions and he means to enforce the law to the letter so far as he may be able to do it. His course in the matter is refreshing in this, that as a rule those who advocate the restriction or prohibition of the traffic rest back and feel that their duty is done when a law is placed upon the statute books. The Governor is worthy of commendation for his purpose to to enforce the laws. The so-called "Conservatives" on the democratie side of the senate are really the representatives of the worst features of protectionism, agents of special interests. Claiming to represent the people and to stand on the democratie platform wnich demands a tariff tor revenue only, they have succeeded in almost destroying the free list of the Wilson bill, and for what? ín order that their own special interests shall continue to be favored over other interests. ín this they have descended from the high plane of statesmen and have become dickerers and logrollers for private and class advantage. They profess to disbelieve in the principie of protection from the standpoint of the public good, and must, therefore, be trading in legislation for private gain and for the advantage of special interests. The party they are supposed to repi resent was intrusted with power in the nation because it was in favor of lower tariff rates. lts victory was won squarely on that issue after years of educational campalgning, and was the most decisive in recent years. The failure of the senate to carry out the commands of the people in this matter is unquestionably the most prominent factor in the present drift of public opinión to ward the opposition. There is no evidence of a change of opinión on the part of the people toward the principie of tariff reform and in favor of protection, for we are still living under the McKinley tariff and are reaping all the advantages it has to bestow, the same as we were in 1892, when the people decreed that the obnoxious measure should be stricken from the statute books. No, the dissatisfaction of the people arises not from any change of belief as to the advantages they would derive from the principie of a tariff for revenue.only, but from the belief that certain self-constituted leaders in the senate are betraying the people's interests. The democratie rnajority in congress must, therefore, redeem the party pledges and strike down tariff extortion, or give place to a party which will. The commands of the people must be obeyed. Another republican state officia has gone wrong. A few days ago Deputy Secretary of State Lindholm when informed that on a certain day he would be expected to turn over his office to the new deputy, took occasion to hie himself to parts uu known and an examination of his accounts proves him to be short in the sum of about L2,000. There are those who do not think his flight was caused solely by this shortage, bu on account of knowledge he, as Sec retary Jochim's confidential agent may have of the frauds with which his Superior stands charged. What ever there may be in this, the eer tainty remains that he is short in his accounts, and thus one more page is added to the infamy of the present state administration. None of its predecessors have ever com piled such a shady record. Three of the most important officers of the administration, Jochim, Hambitzsr and Berry were deposed from these positions to which the people elevated thera and stand charged with felony. Marcus Petersen, clerk o: the board of state auditors, is an embezzler and is under indictment. And now comes Lindholm with peculations amounting to $2,000, bes'des several clerks whowent wrong. This is all attributable to the present g. o. p. state government and it is but little past the middle point of its official life. The people wil] bear this disgrace in mind when they go into the battle of the ballots this fall.

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