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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
August
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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As the time approaches nearer lor anotber presidential campaigu ít finds he democratie party íd anything but a proper f.gnting cojditioiJ. üiie elcrueut of the party which believes in he tree and uulimited comage of ilver at the aiïeged God-giveri ratio of tí te 1, considers its componente as ;be culy simon-pure democrats and lolds th.it those wto do non adniit this fact shonld be read ont of the party. There are other elemeuts which believe here is more to democracy tban any siugle isssue and hold that they are good deinocrats thongh they do not adruit the origin of 16 to 1. Thev believe there are other issoes and hat silver shonld not De tb.8 pararnount plank of the platform or the standard :'or determining a voter's demueracy. They believe the party shonld get together on those cardinal principies of democracy on whiLh there is general unanimity. To this end the follovving editorial from the Chicago Cbronicle, under the above captiou, is in point. The Chronicle says: "If William McKinley is to be evicted from the white house at the election of November, 19U0, the democratie party cannot afford to rnake any mistakes. It cannot afford to inake enemies instead of iriends. It cannot afford to drive froru its ranks any man who affirms tne principies of deinocraoy formulated bv Thomas Jefferson. It cannot afford to fire iuto its own camp. The frieuds oí Mr. William J. Bryan or of any other aspirant for the democratie presideutal nornination will make a ruistake if thoy undertake to read out of the democratie party - to drum out of camp - any mau wno has entertained or who now entertains ideas at variance to those of the inajority oí the party respecting some single issue some evanescent question which does not hear directly upon the fundamenta' principies of the democratie party. That party reqnires of its roembers unity in essentials, but it does nol prescriba submissiou of individua opinión in non-essentials. Nor is thete lodged in any subordínate body of the party or any individual the power to excommunicate with bell, book and candle, democrats whofail to subscribe unreservedly to doctrines not essentially and fundameutally democratie. The prtsidental candidate of the democratie party in 1900 will need every vete he can get If Mr. Bryan is to be tha candidate he will stand in especial neec of support becanse the uampaign o 189(5 evoked discontent and dissension m tne democratie ranKs wmen resuiteci íd his defeat. Like causes produce like resnlts. If intolerance and ostrac isin rather than couciliation anr araenity are to cbaracterize the cam paigu of 1900, that eampaign will re snit like tbe eampaign cif 1896. Noth ing eau be more certaio. And i would be idle to iguore the fact tha such a dauger already threatens There is a dispofcitiou m certain qnarters to make the currency plank iu the Chicago platform the test of demo cratic orthodoxy, iguoring the fact tha important though the curreucy issu may be, there are rnauy other iuriuite ly more momeiitous arid infiuitely more pressiiig. Rightly or wrougly the currucy qnestiorJ is settled for the preseut. ït coulrl not be reopeued though Mr. Bryau were iu the whit house at this momeut. The composi tion oí the senate precludes any hop that silver may be rehabilitated for a least six years to come To harp upon oue string, eveu though it be a silver stririg, is merely to hauut the grave yard of dead issues white ignoring the questions of the hviug preseut. Es (iovernor John P. Altgeid, therefore displays more devotion to a lost causo than to Mr. Bryan's interests vf hen he uudertakas to drive trom that geutle ruan's support everyone who fails un reservedly to subscribe not only to the doctrine of free silevr but to the doet rine that .lobn P. Altgeld is the only true and cousecrated evangel of ortho dox democracy in the state of Illinois Neither position is true; neither wil be snbscnbed to by thonsands of democrats. If persisted iu these propos) - tions wil] aliénate trom Mr. Bryan support of which he will stand in sore need in thenational conventiou and in snpreme rieed at the polls if he shall secure the nomination. Democrats shonld get together. Quarreling in the face of thhe comiuou eneiiiy can result cnly iu disaster. The death of President Henreaux, of Santo Donamgo raises up another mnss which Uncle Sam may have to take a hand in. Conditions there are ripe for iusurrection and it inay break out any moment The United States may De obliged to take a hand to abate the nnisance. If the ïsland could be submergd for 24 honrs it wonld then make a pretty good possession. It will hcacrely ever become anything bnt a pest at our doors while it remains iu pteseut hands. A conference ou combinatious and trusts will be held in Chicago froru Sept. 13 to 16. The conference will be attended by repiesentatives of the commerce and industrial commissious, the presidents of many uational and state commercial, agricnltural and labcr organizations. The relation of the protective tariff to trusts will be discossed by representatives of the Protective Tariff League, United States Export Association, the Tariff Reform League, the Home Market Club and the New Eugland Free Trade League. ?he foreign consuls have been asked o contribute inforniatiun as to coinjiuaticus in the various conntnes of Surope. Au eöort is being made also o secure the presence cf E. J. Smith, of Birininghain, Enlgaud, wlio lias met with phenuuiinal success in his scheme ut' combination for the mutnal udvaiitage of manufactnrers and labor. It will be a notacle gathering aud will nclude aiuong lts attendants some of the abiest students of the qnestion livng. The conference should throw some light on this important qnestion. The peaee conference has completed lts work, bnt war will be;war jn t the same as thongh it had never met. Each uation voted for what it conceived to be its interests. For ex ampie, England wauted expansive bulets bnt was williug to do away with explosives from balloons. Neverthelfess the conference will result in great good and is a loug step in advance. The very tact that the varions nations represen ting 60 many conflictiug interests, could lay aside their jealonsies snfficiently to meet each other face to face and calmly discnss their differences and tne great qnebtions of common concern, indicates a hopeful conditiou. A few years ago such a meeting would have been impossible. That it ib now possible, therefore indicates growfch and evoltitiou in th right direction. The permanent court of arbitration which is the principal taiigible'result of the conference]! is the great accornplishinent to tne credit of the conference. As time passes this acmplishment will doubtless be considered a milestone ia the progress of the race. It required a long time after it was first proposed to snDmit the differences of private individuáis to a hearing before a disinterested court or jury before the principie became thoroughly established and'lixed. Individuáis were loth to surrender the right to avenge their owu wrongs. But there are as many reasons for the subini.ssiou of uatjonal differei.ces to a court of arbitration as for the snbmissiou of private quarrels to the courts. The diöieulties in the way of the acsettlemeut of inernatioual differeiices by such refereuce are perhaps greater, nevei-the.'ess the arbitration rciPthod of settung such differeuces is pretty certain to obtain linally. And the conference at the Haguehas made uiatked progress in that direction.