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Mr. Fisher's attitude on the tarif question was clearly deflned by his eourse during his eongressioiial career and it has not since been ehanged. He might be called an advanced tariiï re former - one of those rare tariff re formero, a consistent one, in that he does not scek protection to his own in dustries and free trade for everything else. He is an extensive wool grower and his reasons for advoeatiug fret. wool were clearly set forth in hi: farnous letter to CongTessman Burrows last spring in reply to Burrows' charge against him that if he were a sheep breeder he would not be a free wool disciple. Lumbering, however, being his chief business, it was for a dsty on luinber that he would reasonably be expected to contend. The course of some of the republican luinbermen of Bay City during the democratie convention at Grand Rápida in seleeting a committee, with Mr. Fisher as chairman, to go to Washington and urge the rejection of the Allen amendment putting all wood producís on the free list. is spoken of yet as a scheme to place him in an embarrassiug position. The talk is that their purpose was to make him compromise himself by appearing as an advocate of a duty on lumber while professing to be a tarifE reformer. If this really was the object it didn't work, for Mr. Fisher positively rcfused to be one of the committee. lie had been appointed without his knowledge, and the proposed mission was one In which he did not care to engage. Mr. Fisher has nejer been anything but an uncompromising democrat who, while insisting that the best government always can be given by the democratie party, yet is not so invariably partisan that lic will not deny some merit in a political opponent, nor will ho permit himself L ba blinded to the shortcomings of public officials of his own political creed. lie proved this by opposing the last democratie administration of West Bay City for its arrogant methods. Politics has claimed considerable of his attention ever since he was Óld enough to vote. Before he carne to the Bay district he had been an alderman at Hillsdala. In West Bay City, where he has made his home, he has been alderman, mayor, school trustee for flf teen years, and twice this district's representative in congress. In addition, as is wellknown, he hasfrequently represen ted his party in state and national conventions. As mayor and alderman he made a record by his efforts in the direction of retrenchment, and,as one citizen remarked, to get the city departments on the same kind of a basis as that upon which he built his own business. As president of the state bankers' association and principal owner of the Lumbermen's state bank of West Bay City, Mr. Fisher's opinión on the silver question is of more importance than the declaratlon of a mere candidate for oifice. He is an out and out silver man who regards the reenactment of the silver law repealed in 1873 and the remonetization of silver as the true solution of the issue. He wants to see silver on a parity with gold without any qualification and recognized as legal


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