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Senator Gorman received the plaudits of the republican press for his treachery to the cause cf tariff reform. Verily he has received his reward. The Baltimore Sun, the leading democratie paper in his own state; comments thus!y as to the effect of his desertion upon his future political ambitions: "You have no more chance of occupying the executive chair at Washington than the ghost of Benedict Arnold. For, as far as the Presidency is concerned, you are as dead as that celebrated Revolutionary 'conservative' who thought it a grand and glorious stroke of policy to 'compromise' with King George, the royal high-tariff McKinley of his day." The Kalamazoo Gazette utters words of wisdom when it says in substance that the highest interests of the democracy require that the management of the party be removed from the factional turmoils of the metropolis. It recognizes, as do all democrats, the ability of the Detroit leaders, but it insists there are good democrats in other parts of the state with just as much talent, who are entirely independent of faction. The Gazette believes, therefore, that the chairmanship should go elsewhere. The Argus agrees with this position, not because it loves the Detroit leaders less, but because it loves the democratie party more. Individual ambition and factional differences should always be subordinated to the highest good of the organization. A news dispatch from Philadelphiasays that Gov. McKinley recently sent arequest to Pres. F. J. Kimball, of the Norfork & Western railroad asking that he allow no more coal to be shipped over his road by non-union raen. The governor, it asserts, did this at the request of John McBride, the president of the striking coal miners' organization. If this be true it stamps Gov. McKinley as a demagogue of the first water and a cringing coward in the presence of rioters and law breakers who happen to have a vote in their hands. Think of it! A great railroad asked to suspend traffic whereby it would be compelled to viólate its contracts and cause manufacturing establishments employing thousands of hands to shut down, and public institutions to be closed for the want of fuel - all for the accommodation of a mob of lawbreakers whose votes he may otherwise fail to get in his efforts to reach the presidency. Suck demagoguisra entitles him to be classed with the unspeakable Gov. Altgeld, of Illinois. That political conditions in this country make it possible for such men to be foisted into high place, is a shame and a humiliation, and yet it is alleged that one of these men aspires to a seat in the United States Senate and the other to the presidency. O témpora! O mores!


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