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It is now alleged that "General1' Coxey ...

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It is now alleged that "General1' Coxey will run for congress in McKinley's old district. There is an eternal fitness of things. The "conservative" senators evidently think it more profitable to conciliate the trusts by juggling with the tariff than to win the approbation of the great majority of the people by a genuine tariff reform. Information as to their value to the trusts is in a fair way to reach the public just at present. Senator David B. Hill, while serving as Lieutenant Governor of New York, was the first man to make practical use of the idea of counting a quorum. Republican papers of the time were as violently abusive of the method as was Czar Reed when it was first proposed in the house of representatives at Wash. ington. The shadows are thickening about Col. Breckenridge, and he is beginning to realize that public opinión, when it is once thoroughly aroused, is a dangerous thing to trifle with. There are men in the upper house of congress who, while not offenders in the same line, have betrayed public confidence quite as recklessly. They should beware of taxing public forbearance too far. The appointment of an immensely rich but briefless lawyer to the United States senatorship, by our farmer governor, indicates that Rich cares nothing for the question oí greater representation for the farmer excepting in so far as it may be used to further his own political ambitions. The farmers of this great agricultural state should bear this slight in mind on the ides of next November. "If the Pennsylvania railroad has nothing more for us to do, I move that we adjourn," said a member of the Pennsylvania legislature recently. Although this remark was made in the spirit of facetiouness, it is expressive of the influences which are all powerful in legislature at the present time. It might be quite as well for the United States senate to adjourn when the sugar trust has nothing more for it to do. The western Coxeyites, who are becoming more and more lawless every day, should be dealt with in an exemplary fashion. That these bands of marauders and train stealers should be allowed to roam the country without interference by the authorities, living upon the honest people because of their fear to offend them is an unbearable outrage. The pusillanimity of those charged with the administration of the law, has undoubtedly done much to encourage this spirit of audacity and lawlessness. But they should be trifled with no longer. They should be made to feel the full effect of outraged law in the same way as any other thieves and train robbers. Senator Roger Q. Mills in his recent great speech on the tariff, a speech that will rank with the greatest in current years, showed the utter fallacy of the republican doctrine regarding the benefit to labor of a high protective tariff. He ] terly flayed the speech Senator Hill J made sorae time ago, and showed I by the following figures, which were ! unchallenged by any republican ! senator, for whose benefit the tariff 1 is laid. The extract referred to is as rollows and should be read by [ every laboring man in America. ' "In oae ton. of steel rail the labor , cost is $S; the tariff is $13.44. , "In $100 worth of cntlery the laboi cost is $44.24; the tariff is S80.ll. "In $100 worth of mats anil matting the labor cost is $34.90; the tariff is $68.59. "In $100 worth of silk piece goods the labor cost is $22.54; the tariff is $60.00. 'In $100 worth of cigars and cigarettes the labor cost is $34.51; the tarif is $125.36. "In $100 worth of woolen or worstec cloths the labor cost is $20.85; the tarifi is 8100.02. "In $100 worth of pottery the labor cost is $45.96; the tariff is $60. "In $100 worth of pearl buttons the labor cost is $39.69; the tariff is $143.61. "In $100 worth of tannin the laboi cost is $16.34; the tariff is 8119.47. "In a ton of coal the labor cost is from 40 to fifty cents; the tariff is 75 cents. 'In $100 worth of cotton goods the labor cost is $34.24; the tariff is $57.08 "I n$100 worth of linen the labor cos: is $32.92; the tariff is $50. "In $100 worth of cominon window glass the labor cost is $53,09; the tariff is $98.39. "In one ton of pig iron the laboi cost is $1.50; the tariff is $6.72. "In one ton of bar iron the labor cost is $4.57; the tariff is $52.98." Ex-Senator Edmunds, speaking oi the political signs of the times, says that there are sixty chances in a fiundred that the republicans wil] elect the next president and control the next house of representatives. He admits, however, that this wil] ae difficult, because of the democratie strength in the South and the "possible" return of prosperity before the election. Thisindicates that this shrewd political prognosticator has no idea of a "walk-over," as many republicans affect to believe. There is no question but that his view, that republican chances of success will depend largely upon their ability to prevent the return of prosperity, is the one really held by the manipulators of the republican machine. On no other ground can the efforts of the g. o. p. to magnify existing business depression and retard recovery be intelligently explained. Their constant filibustering in congress and unprincipled efforts to retard by every known means the advancement of the tariff bill all point in the same direction. It is extremely doubtful, however, whether their scheme will succeed. If there are but sixty chances in a hundred for republican success now, when the high-water mark of dissatisfaction with the dilatoriness of the present majority has been reached, those chances, in all probability, will grow beautifully less as time passes and business improves, as it surely will, and the people come to understand the objects the republicans have had in view in trying to prevent, all remedial legislation. Every indication at the present time, in fact, indicates that such disaffection as may have existed is not growing, and the pendulum has already commenced to swing in the opposite direction. As times improve this will be more and more marked until those sixty chances pass over to the other side of the political scales.


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