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Undoubtedly more idleness is caused by the strikers at present -than by the absence of employment for the men who could and would work. That George Francis Train has an occasional lucid moment is proven by the fact that in a recent speech he said that the McKinley tariff is the cause of the Coxey movement. Promptly on receipt of the decisión of the supreme court of South Carolina declaring the dispensary law unconstitutional, Gov. Tillman ordered the state dispensaries closed up. We believe the governor made an honest effort to enforce the law while it was on the statute book, and now it is decided unconstitutional he just as promptly orders the state dispensaries closed. He is at least an honest official. While the needless delay of the senate in the matter of tariff legislation is most exasperating, giving to the opposition press the opportunity to descant upon the incompetency of the democratie congress, it should not be forgotten that when our friends, the enemy, enacted the McKinley law, it was not passed until in October. Knowing the results of their folly, however, the democratie majority should avoid making the same egregious blunder. HazenS. Pingree, Detroit's mayor, has decided not to enter the race as a candidate for the republican nomination for governor this year. This decisión was reached after a meeting of the Rich-Pingree factions, and it is given out that the Detroit politician will receive his reward for withdrawing from the race two years henee. The republican press of the state will thus be kept out of their "shoe ads." for a couple of years longer. - Soo Democrat. The foundation of most of the large fortunes in this country were laid during the war; men grew rapidly rich out of the necessities of the government and the patriotism of the people; and this fact coupled with the other fact that present expenditures were largely caused by the war, renders an income tax necessary as well as jnst. Furthermore its adoption will enable congress to enlarge the area of commercial free dom, furnish increased employmen to labor, and relieve the masses o burdensome taxes on consumption. - Jackson Patriot. Members of an organization known as the Workingmen's Protective Tariff League to the number of 1,000, assembled in Washinton recently for the purpose of protesting against the passage of the Wilson bill. Senator Quay presented their petition to the senate. Behind this grand stand play and footing all bilis may be seen, through the transparent gauze, the fine Italian hand of the selfish and greedy protected manufacturers. It is not expected that this petition will in any sense effect a single vote in the senate, nor do the abettors of the movement care two hurrahs in hades for the interests of the laboring men represented, but they expect to charge the political atmosphere with a goodly amount of campain thunder with which to frighten the ignorant voter next feil. The speech of Senator Wolcott of Colorado, last week, on the lawless phases of the Coxey movements was decidedly refreshing. It was surprising, also, coming from the source it did, as it was refreshing. The Colorado senator has been one of those who have been most importúnate in demanding legislation for their special benefit. He has always advocated the principie of discrimination and has been active in teaching the doctrine that if the legitímate returns of a business were not satisfactory a man should go to Washington and demand of Congress that legislation be enacted whereby he would be enabled to make more. That he should stand in his place in the senate therefore and denounce the principie of Coxeyism and those in high station who have encouraged the movement, is quite remarkable. He protested strongly against the servile and cringing invitation to the Coxeyites "to invade Washington and make thernselves at home." Among other things he said: "I believe the time has come when hose of us who are in public lif e ought o begin to cultívate more regard for he perpetuity of republican instituions and to pander less to that misalled portioH oí' the labor vote whose abor is with their throats and never with their hands. It is time we stood or American manhood, for the right of every man to work if he wants to, f it takes the whole army of the United States to enable him to do so. Che right of every man is to enjoy equal liberty with every other man, and that means that he shall have such liberty if not inconsistent with equal rights of his neighbor; the right to hold and enjoy the property which the laws of the country have enabled him to secure. It is time we had the courage to stand together against this socialism, populism and paternalism which is running riot in this country, and which must end (if not crushed) in the destruction of the liberties which the laws give us, liberties which should be dearer to us than life itself ." In these words of the Colorado senator there is much sound wisdom. It is in every sense a statesmanlike utterance. If the Coxey movement shall have resulted in removing the scales from the eyes of this gifted son of the centenial state, whereby he is enabled to see the danger into the midst of which the paternalism he .has sought for the mining camps of Colorado, and others have sought for their local and special interests, has precipitated us, it will not have been in vain. It is to be hoped that the senator will continue to range himself on the side of those who are opposed to paternalism in government and are in favor of the placing of all interests on an equal footing before the law.


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