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St. John Asked To Retire

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22
Month
October
Year
1884
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A.t the meeting of the New York state temporalice assemby in iis rooms, No. 398 Fulton st., Bmoklvn. on Thnraday nigla, the followlng appeal to republlcan prohltionists was presen ted by ex-Governor Evans: An appeal to republican prohibitioniits as to tkevr duty in the present natiuiuil contest. We, Bteaüfest tempernnce men, who favor the Bubmisglon of tlie question of prohibilion to the people, ask yonr carefiil considerution of the followlng reasons tor not votlng the natlonal prohibitlou ticket, and for voting to sustaln the republican party : lst. Because it is the general sentiment of prohibicionista that the cause will hereatter, as lieretofore, be moresuccessful when the question of prohlbition is submitted to a vote of the people separate trom other issues and diatinct froni politics. M. Because prohlbition cannot successfully raake a natíonal polltlcal issue until a policy to be pmsiied has been cleaiiy deflned aml approved by the great body of the friendl of the cause in the United States. 8d. Because the present prohlbitlon ticket was put in the fleld without such approval. The convcntiou that Inaugur rated the movenient, and nominated the licket, did not represent the great body of proliibitionists throughout the country, and a large part of the convention opposed placing a ticket in the tield. Temperance people in states in which prohibition has been successful, as Maino, Iowa and Kansas, geuerally opposed it. 4th. Beeause the present movement is confusing- no plan of operatious being properly deflned. Aecording to lts platform a vote tor St. John is as mucha vote tor woman suflïage, tor Chinese emigration to this country, tor tuking the appointing power away froni the president, f'oi its unjust iniputations against both Blalne and Logan, as it is for temporalice and prohibition, 5th. Because presenting this crude document, in the name of the prohibitionists of the country, for the suffrages of the American pcoplo, the question tobe voted upon should have been more carefully considered i'.nd autboritatively adopted : especially before requiring thoin, as the platform does, to ignore all other questions of interest represented by the republican and democratie parties, and to "immediately withdraw from all connection with these partios." THE QÜESTIOX OF PROIIIBITION. ütn. Uecause it is unlair to patnotic citizens to bring the question of "prohibition before the people in such a siiape as not ouly to lequire its friends to vote for what many of tliein do not approve; but to sacrifico their votes on all other questions, however vitally important to the welfare of the country, when there is not the slightest prospect of success. It is true that the republican party decllned to make prohibition an issue in its platform. For it to have done so woukl have been political suicide. It would have driren out all of te memoere, excepting the proliibitionists. It would, therefore, have been the abandonuient ot the field to the democratie party. It would have been to turn ver the protection of tbeir rights and the education and elevatiou of the freedmen, the presorvation and maintenauce of all the wise and beniticent measures and the great achievements of the republican party, to the care, enforcement and preservation of the party, that has always been bitterlv opposed to theni. It isalso true that its candidates are not at liberty to make new issues for the party by letters, speeches oracts; for eitlier to do so would beunwarrantedassumption. Some proliibitionists have censured Mr. Blaine for not voting on the ainendment to the constitution in Maine. But a iittle reilection will satisfy everv fair mindcd person, that it would have "been an assumption of party authority, immcdiatelv alter the natlonal convention haddecliued to make the question an issue. For Mr. Blalne to have voted agalnst the ainendmeut, would have been unjust to the prohibiüon ists and to have voted for it, unjust to thosc who are opposed- both baring joined in adoptlng the platform and nomioatiitg hiin to stand upon 7th Because votes by republicana for St. Johu are throvvn away trom the party that favors majority rule, a free ballot and a faircount - agovernment of the people. by the people, for the people, and which pennits a vote on the question of prohibition ui:der all proper circumstances, in favor of the party that is opposed to all prohibitory legUlatlon, whether the people are 11 favor of it or not. 8th. Because republican votes for the proüibition ticket are threefold worse than thrown away - i. e., tbcy weaken the party of fair play ; they strengthen the party of uncompromising hoslility, and they indorse an unwise and ill-digested movement that will greatly embarra, retard and weaken the cause of prohibition. 9th. Because, tliere not being the slightest prospect of the election of this so called prohibition ticket, the only result of republicana voting tbt it in largo numbers will be to put the democratie party in control of the general government. 10. Because. if this is the object, it will be more honorable and straiglitforward to vote for Cleveland and Hendricks directly than for St. John, as this would avoid an odium of practiciug a. deception upon the friends of temperance in order to do a tbing of such doubtful propricty as to put Governor Cleveland into tlie white liouse. WHAT DEMOCUATIC SCCCESS WOULD . MEAX. llth. Beeause we do not believe any :rue republican can honestly tbrow away his vote or aid directly or iudirectly in electing the democratie ticket. If republicana have allowed abuses, democrats have always been worso. It is unreasonable lo favor a change from bad to worse siniply for n change. It would be tempting a great ealamity. The success of the democratie party at(this time would throw a dark cloud of doubt and uncertainty and gloom of Impending danger over the the business interests of the country thal would last for year.-. No one eau toll what policy it would panne - what, of the repnblican legislation tor the last twenty-üve yeari, it would repeal, or what new measures it would adopt. The danger and probabilitiee are that its acts woulti be in accord with its former course, doctrines and trad ilions, for it professes to adhere to all of its 'time lionored principie. " It is only safe to j nd ge of these by its former acts, and by the known and oft-repeated senfimeuts of a majority of those comprising and ol course oootroUIng the party. Thcy ire largely tlie men who made and sympathized with the war for the overthrow ol the government. A caucus of lts memben óf congrcss wonld be controlled by these men. And thus they would take charge ol' the government they so reeen tly attempted to destroy. Would the pensions of the disabled onion soldiers and ihe provisions made for tlieir care and preferment, and for tlieir widows and orphatis be safe in such keeping? The party opposed the creation of the national debt. WoOld the national credit be safe ir intrusted to its care? H opposed the establishment of onr national banking syrtem. Wonld it not alter, cripple, or overthrow it? lt bas aiways opposed a protective tariï. Would it not leave our manufacturIng, productivo and labor Interest without proper fiisterlng care by its "revenue retorms?" It opposed emaiicipation, enfranchisement, equality before the law and civil rights for the negro. Would it bc likely to malntaiu and cnforce thelawssecuring tliem ? Or would it bo a safe guardián and fnend to promotc the cducation and elevation of thenegroes, which are so important to tlieir welfare and to the safety und prosperity of the inslitutions of the country? lt opposed the amendments to the constitution and the reconstruction acts and bas thrcatened in its platforms their repearl. Il'put in power, eau any one teil what course it will purgue on these questions? Is any republican so strong a prohibitionist as to be willing to jeopardize all these great interests lor the purpose of throwing away bis vote on Governor St. John? 18 tb. Beeause Wis wrong to elect a party to power that ignores its principies and evades discussing thepolicy itinteuds to pursue, and attempts to get into power by personal dustruction:' lts opponents. Do yon propose to thusTnd, in indorsing the lieenseof the press, and the prostitulion ot the artist's pencil and orator's platform, to the purpose of robbing men of their good name that iteratea and reiterates its personal detraction, mUrepresentations, and slanders as now resorted to by the democratie, party tlirougli its old and new leaders? or do yon favor 'clean politics." TIIE CANDIDATES COXTRASTED. 1,'ith. Because the nomlneea for president and vice-president by the republiean party are uolh competent and wortliy. Bolh are high-miiided and honorable christian gentlemen, members in good Stlinuing, „..„ i„ uic vuuj51cjjiilluu.il auO the other in the Methodist Episcopal church; against whom the poisoned darts of malice bare been hurled by their political euemies in vain. Both of whom have been in the clear light ol' public gaze before the country for twenty years. They have occupied the highest places in the councils ot tlie liatlon, Tliey have been honored leaders of tlieir party for all that long period, enjoylng its Impliclt trustand un shaken conndence in their wisdom, integrity and faithfulness to public duty. 14th. Because the nomíneos of the democratie party is neither competent nor wortliy to lï 11 tlie highest and most responsible office in tliis great nation. llis gross blunder wliile dodging the tarlff questiou in his letter accepting the Dominación, declanng that the president has nothing to do with legislation - his ollice being simply executive- proves that he has no proper idea of the duties of the office. The constitution makes it the duty of the president to recommend to eongress sueh legislation as he favors, and gives him the absolute power to prevent such as he opposes, unless passed by a two-thirds vote In each branch - the house of representatives and senate. As to Iiis woi'thiness to occupy the white house, the whole country knows the grounds of our objections, which are not denied by his most earnest advocates. As to the eandidate for vice-president, he bas been too prominently before the country not to be known to he obnoxious to all that has been said agaiut his party. For these reasons we appeal to cvery true rcpublicau to stand by and vote the ticket of his party, and not to tlirow away his vote on either St. John, Butler or Mrs. Lockwood, for that will only aid the democrats, who, in the language of Mr. George Williain Curtis, are "a party which feil trom power as a couspiracy against human rights, and now attempts to sueak back to power as a consiiracy for plunder and spoils." And for these reasons, we respecifully request ex-Governor St. John to withdraw from the cauvass. Theodore D. Woolsey, New Haven, Conn. Thomas Talbot, Nonti Bellenen, Mass. Noali Davls, New Vork City. liiaDt Goodricb, John V. Farwell, Chicago, 111. H. II. Hatüeld. Urrlugton hluut, WilUam Deeiing, Kvanston, 111. John Uvans, Denver, Col. Ira Buckraaa, olialrmau. John L. Mitchel, secrctüry. Nw York State Temperanee Assembly, ürookljn, N. Y. New Vork, Sept. ÏT, 1881. UUGINO illi. ST. JOHN TO WITHDIIAW. The subjoined petition to ex-Governor St. John, "which is to becirculated forsigualurps, was also read : Wbeu signed please Rend this petition ;o Ira Buckman, chairman New York State Temperanee Assembly, Xo. 145 South Fitth st., Brooklyn, E. D., N. Y. To Hon. John P, St. John, Prohibition Candidate for President. Dear Sir : The undersigned temperanee men and prohibitionists, in the interest of tlie cause of temperance and )rohibition, respectfully request you to withdraw from your candiducy iu the resent contest, for reasous set fortli in .lie "Appeal to Kepublican l'rohibitionsts as to their duty in tlie present national contest," dated Xew York, Sept. 27, 18S4. Xame. Retldence. Caunty and State. KESOLUT1ON8 ADOI'TED. The following resolutions were then oflered by J. V. Culver, and unanimously adopted : Xesolved, That the appeal to republiean prohiblttonlsis just reaü, presentecf by exlovernor John Kvans, president of tne board it trustees of the NoriweHtern Unlveraity. at Evauston, III., which lnstltutlon maugurated tliirty years ago one of the most successful protiibitlon niovempntH In the couutry; and sigoed by the llev. Theodore D. Woolsey, U. !., late president of Yale college; the Hon. Thomas Talcot, ex-governor of MuKsacliusetts; the Hou. Xoali Davis, Jud(;e ol the supreme court of New York ; the Hon. Grant (oodrlch, latejudge of the circuit courtin Chicago, and trustee of tho Northwestern Untveralty; John V. Farwell. Ksq., tbe distlngulshed temp ;rance advocate and merohant oí Chicago, lil. ; ttie Kev. K. M. Hatñeld, D. IX, Urrington Hunt, Esq., and Willlum Ueenng, IZsq., of Evanston, 111 , trustees of the Northwestern Lnlversity, and others, be approved by thls assembly and be clrculated turoughout the lengtli and breaüth of the country Resolved, That the petltlon to ex-Governor St. John Just read. asking hira In the interest of tile cause of prohibltlon to withdraw from hls candldacy, be approved and adopted by thls assembly, and be clrculated lor slgnatures among the republican prohlbltlonists throughout all the slates In the uuion. Ktsolved, That tho priests, pastors and ministers of all church denomlnatious and congreKations of rellglous societies lu all parts of the United States who favor pronibition bo and they are hereby respectfully requested to sisjnand ald in the clrculatiou of thepetitlou to ex-fiovernor St. John asking him to wlth. draw his name as a presldentlal candidate. Resolved, That a committee of whom th Hon. iraBuckmanshall be chairman, wlth power to select his assoclnles, be and is hereby appolnted to cause the petltlon to be generally clrculated for signatures, whlch when sisned ¦hall be returued to the cliairmau at lnsresidence, in South Fifthst., Brooklyu, K D.. after which said petition shall be by mild committee presented to ex-QovernorSt. John witli the earnest apppeal to have him comply with the request to withdraw for the all-sulfleient reasons eet forth In sald appeal

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