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Mistakes Of Julius Caesar

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Those who have been possessed ot tne hallnciDation that tbe republican party is putting up a oampaigu of edncation rnust have been sndly disappointed in Julius Caesar Burrows in his recent speech uere. Not only did ,Mr. Bnrrows fail to reacb the educational ideal in his "discussiou of the political issues of the day" bat he so far departed from that ideal that hie effort was nothing less than a delibérate atteinpt to confuse and bewilder the elector who placed credence in his words. We give Mr. Burrows credit for a more extended kuowledge of finance thau one would gather froin his speech. But he did not want to teil wbat he knew. He did not dare to discnss the real merits of the silver question and therein he made bis first mistake. The farmers of Washtenaw, and there was a goodly sprinking of them in Mr. Burrows' audieDce, are quite as well informed on the intricate questions of the hour aa the average politician and did not relish a treatment of the subject which was an insult to their intelligence. Mr. Burrows talked glibly about the beanties of a protective tariff and insisted that 1892 was the most prosperous year in the history of the American people, yet he sa:d nothing about the fact that the price of farm producís and farm lands have been steadily falling for 20 years under all sorts of tariff laws. He did not show wbere the McKiuley law made a market for one pound of agricultural produce, and in his picture of busy milis and factories he failed to portray the bitter and long contested strikes tbat characterized the industrial history of 1892. He said that under a republican rule over three-fourths of the national debt ■was paid off, yet he did uot mention the fact that unrler the gold standard which he tried to defend the value of all kinds of property in America has so declined tbat it will take more of that property to pay the oatstanding natioual debt now tban it would have taken to cancel the eutire obligation in 1866. He insisted that the haid times were due to the alleged large importatious under the Wilson bill.and yet, notwithstanding the fact that the Wilson bil only made an avsrage reduction of 10 per cent in the scbedules of the MoKin ley bilí, he told his audience in tb. nest breath that the government w a bankrupt because we were getting n revenue f rom imports. VVhen W3 re member that the Wilson bül is s framed as to raise more revenue thau the McKiuley bill and that in practic has retnrned more revenue on the sam gross value of importations than th McKinley bilí, the fallacy of tfaat contention is apparent. The revennes feil off under the McKinley act to so great an estent that had Harrison remained one mora nionth iu office he would have been compelled to issue the bonds which Cleveland issued immediately after bis return to office. The revenues l:a;e fallen off because the importations have not been made; the importations have not been made because the gold standard has forced the prices of the farmers' produce so low that the farmer has nothing to buy vith and when tbe farmer stops buyiug all business stops. AniericaiJ faofcories have not closed ón account of importatious of foreign goods, because those imporations have been less under the Wilsou thau under the McKinley law, but because hard times have curtailed the purchasing capacity of the farmer. Sen. Burrows did not mention these little matters because they would net harmonize with his nice little thenries. Among ■the senator's inany chestouts was this query so often spruag by the goldite orators. Said the senator: "If I have 500 inillions of silver coined itismy nioney not yours, how are you to get it without you Vork for it or give me property for it?" Yet every sensible, thinking man knows that if the prirnary money of this country were increased 500 millions that the purchasing power of the dollar would be lessened in just that proportion and that it would take less labor ard less property to buy a dollar then than it does now. In other words it would reduce the price of money and when you reduce the price of money you raise the price of the labor and the property that you bny money with. Of oourse Seuator Burrows did not mention these things. These were points upon whicb he did not care to eduoate the people. The democratic-people's-uuion silver ticket in this oounty is a sure winner. It is a judicions selection of able and representativo men from the several sections of the county - ineu whoentjoy the confidence and esteem of their jfellovv citizens and who will not only poll the entire strength of the fusión party, but draw from the opposition as well.


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