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"Mayor Pingree threatens to teil the truth, come what may," remarks the Free Press. When he begins, a large congress of republican croakers will dive to the bottom of the pond. lt is said that forty-four out of every one hundred persons in the United States are agriculturists, fifty-six in Canada, forty-eigbt in France, seventeen in Germany, and seven in England. The democrats have as strong a state ticket as was ever placed before the people of Michigan. The ranks are closing up, the leaders are getting together, and a rousing campaign is to be put up. The Evening Times, in its editorial comment on the nomination of Spencer O. Fisher for governor, charges him when he ran for congress with "springing a new carcpaign He every day of the last two weeks of the campaign, so that by election day the Republicans were about io stories behind in contradicting, as a large portion of the district is sparsely settled." The story is at deadly variance with Mr. Fisher's well known abhorrence of au untruth. No, sir, Spencer O. Fisher would no more think of framing a falsehood than would the editor of the Evening Times; and as the editor of the Evening Times would not teil a lie under any circumstances, it follows that the editor of the Evening Times has lied. Scalding tears of unavailing regret gallop down the cheeks of republican leaders at the failure of the democratie state convention to break up in a row. The peace, harmony and brotherly love that prevailed, has thrown wide open the flood-gates of despondency. Rich, Bliss and Pingree are each in a cave of gloom. One cave would do, but owingtothe triangular fight among them it was not safe to cage them in the same lair. On this account they occupy separate caves. The surprise of the several factions of the enemy because of the unity of the democracy is very complete, and very mortifying, since theie appears no hope whatever of a reconciliation among themselves. Each will carry asmile on his face and a dirk in his boot, for the other, during the campaign. The warm greeting and enthusiastic endorsement sent President Cleveland by the united democracy of Michigan in convention assembied was most fitting. The wisdom as well as duty of giving loyal support to the national democratie administration is self evident, henee there are none but administration democrats in Michigan. Such endorsement never means among democrats the cowardly surrender of individual opinión and sacrifice of self respect, but honest support of an agency for which the party alone is responsible. The President is the official head of the party and the organization is responsible for his existence as such. Ey no tered word or overt act has he arated himself from a just claim to democratie support, sympathy and fellowship. It is true that the present administration has been assailed by the voice of columny as no other has been assailed since Jackson, and it has been confronted by difficulties greater than have confronted any other since Lincoln, but the honesty, ability and integrity of the administration no fair minded democrat wül question or deny. All that the democratie platform prom-i ised has not been fulfilled, but for this short-coming, certain recalcitrant elements in congress are responsible and not the administration. It is the duty of all good democrats, therefore, to support j the democratie administration with ! their most efficiënt service and carry [ the fíght to a finish with the conimon enemyFor months past the republican faithful have been trying to convince the people that the democracy of Michigan was in articulo mortis. That agonizing republican desire is the father of all the brat lies brought forth on this topic was plainly evidenced by the democratie state convention of last week. The republicans will be conviaced before they get through the campaign this fall that democracy has more lives than any and all the felines on Cat Island, and that those who have been enaged in writing its epitaph are "too previous." They will find that what they have foolishly taken for an approaching of state dissolutionis but a season of recuperation, and that democracy, like Antseus of old, will rise from the ground reinvigorated for its future contests and victories. The people will never permit democracy to die. Wherever they have aspirations for constitutional government and equal justice for all, there democracy will continue to flourish. Democracy in this country is coexistent with all our institutions. It has witnessed the birth of all other parties and the death of all but one, and it will yet officiate at the grave of the party of j plutocracy. It will be the last hut man institution to perish from the earth. I Now that the tariff bill is about out of the woöds, so far as the senate is concerned and there seems to be strong probability of its early j actment into law, the question of! providing sufficient revenue to meet the necessities of the government until the new law gets fully into operation, is engaging the attention of i the committees charged with 1 viding ways and means for obtaining the necessary revenue. Any means adopted will of course be only temporary as the bill will furnish sufficient revenue when it is once fnlly in operation. At first the attention of committeemen was turned to the sugar schedule and it was thought that by giving the this tax immediate effect, sufficient revenue could be obtained at once to meet the government necessities, but now it is known that the refiners can import enough sugar to carry them through the season before the law can be put into operation. It is also understood that nothing will be reahzed from the income tax for at least eight months. In view of these facts there appears to be a disposition to supply the immediate needs of the government, in part at least, by temporarily increasing the internal taxes. It is thought, however, that all needed revenue will not be raised in that way, but that a portion of it will be secured from a loan. Should this be deemed the best way out of the difficulty, after a careful survey of the entire situation, the secretary should be clothed with araple authority and not left to make such terms as may be possible under the existing laws, in order that some cowardly members of congress may avoid responsibility in the matter. He should be given the power to borrow on such time and in such amounts as he may deern necessary to meet the deficit. If a loan is necessary at all, nothing will be gained by resorting to a narrow policy of restrictions whereby the hands of the administration will be tied.


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