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Business Men's Campaign

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Day
28
Month
August
Year
1896
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Public Domain
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The republicans propose a business meu's cainpaign. The demócrata accept the issne vvith ' defiuition, aud statistics of occupation. DEFINITIOX. "We say to you that yon have made the definition of a business man too limited in its application. The man who is employed for wages is as mnch a business man as nis employer; the attorney in a country town is as munb a business man as the Corporation oounsel in a great metropolis; the merchant at the cross-roads is as much a business man. as the merchant of New York ; the farmer who goes forth in the morning and toils all day - wbo begins in the spring and toils all sammer - and who by the application of brain and muscle to the natural resources of the oountry creates wealth, is as much a business man as the man who goes upon the board of trade and bets on the price of grain; the miners who go down a thousand feet into the earth, or climb two thousand feet upon the cliffs, and bring forth from their hiding places the precious metáis to be poured into the channels of trade are as much business men as the few financial magnates who, in a back room, corner the money of the world.1' - Froin Chicago speech of Win. Brvan. STATISTICS OF OCCUPATIONS. (Compiled from Census of 1890.) Total in gaiuful oocupation, 22,735,961 ; in agricultura, fiisheries, and rnining, 9,013,201, or 39.64 per cent; in manufactures and mecbanical industries, 5,091,669, or 22.40 per cent; in domestic and personal service, 4,360,506, or 19.18 per cent; in trade and transportaron, 3,325,962, or 1-1.63 per cent; in professional service, 944,393, or 4. 15 per cent. A FEW SUBDIVISIONS OP THE ABOVE. In agriculture, 8,449,948 or 37.33 per cent; carpenters and joiners, 611,417, or 2.67 per oent; miuers, 349,583, or 1.53 per oent; locomotiva engineers and fireruen, 79,463, or 0.34 per cent; fisherinen and oystermen,60, 150 or 0.26 per cent; officials of banks, aud of insnrance, trade, transportation, trusts and other companies, 89,956 or0.17 per cent ; wholesale merchauts and dealers, 31,199, or 0.13 per cent; bankerss and brokers, 30,029, or 0.13 per cent. COMMENTS. A glance at the above figures is snfficient to show how radically different are the principies of the two political parties. Viewed from the republican standpoint, the few bankers and brokers, the few wholesale inerchants, the few officials of trust, trade, transportation and other corporations are the only genuine business men, and the raillions engaged in agriculture and labor are of no account except as subjects for abusive cartoons. Viewed from the democratie standpoint, the members of the national, state and local granges, are as much business men as the members of the national and looal board of trade, and their votes count just as mnch. The members of the national and looal labor organizations are as much business men as the members of the national and local bankers associations, and their votes connt jnst as much. The locomotiva engineer, who, at the risk of nis own life, saves the train from wreek, is a far more useful business man than the stock gambler of Wall Street, who accumulated milllons by wrecking the finance of railroads, and his vote counts just as much. In brief, the millions of farmers, producers, and laborers of all classes, are as much business men as the few who live, thrive, and grow rich by trading in the products of labor.

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