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Perverting The Lesson

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The Tribune professes to find in the recent elections "The answerof the peoile to the Democratie tariff. ' ' The voters, t adds, ' 'want the tariff bill killed and ariff agitation stopped. ' ' Perhaps The Tribune believes this, and perhaps it is only beating the party tomtoin. Either way it perverts a perfectly plain lesson. The voters are disgusted not because a ariö' bill is proposed, but because it has not been passed. They never rendered a clearer or more emphatic verdict than hey rendered in 1890 and 1892 in favor of tariff reform. This verdict was rendered after ampie discussion and was reiterated after a second campaign in which it was practically the sole issue. It was not a transient sentiment due to temporary causes. It was rendered during a business calm after a long period of unusual prosperity. The rational judgment of the people was appealed to, and they decided in favor of tariff reform. Had their decisión been made operaHve at once - had Mr. Cleveland, as The Vorld urged, called congress together farly in 1898 in order to inake it operativo - the "revulsión of feeling" of which The Tribune speaks would never have occurred. The disgust that manifested itself in the elections is with the delay and with the shifty and dishonest politicians who are ti-ifling with the people's mandate for reform. - New York World. Under all the circumstances the delay in reporting the measure back to the senite was unreasonable. The "harmonizing" has been purchased at a heavy cost. md the disputed questions are still


Ann Arbor Argus
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