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Yaple's Great Effort

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Day
20
Month
October
Year
1886
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Public Domain
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It was n good-sized audience (after the j; Ypsilanti contingent of 200 had filed n) c tliat filled the opera house last Thursday 81 evenlng to liear the Hons. Geo. L. Yaple, Chas. K. Whitman.'.Lester H. Salsbury, d and Johnnie Enright whisper words ot c comfort to the despondent deinocracy aud c try and heer tliein ud. But soineway it t was not a clieerful aftair, and not oneof the v speaker, save funny Mr. Enright, could o stir up any sort of lcvity or move the solemn crowd to cheerfulness. Even the democratie rooster with John Sheehau's enthusiasm to bring him iuto prominence could not throw off the funeral melancholia that had spread like a souked ulster over the audience. Upon the stage were sevcral old timers, D. Cramer, C. H. Rlchmond, E. B. Pond, Micliael Duffy, Postmaster Duffy, James Gorman, John llyan, the speakers uientioned, and a few others. Capt. Schuh and Zacb. Koath acted as ushers, and kept the reporters, small boys and raíble generally.at bay untll the Ypsilanti contingent filed iu aud tilled up the parquet seats reserved for the ladies. After they had beconieflrmly seated Capt. Chas. II. Manly, who acted as inasterof ceremonies, stepped forward and In a few words introduced Mr. Yaple. With a solemn and measured tread the "boy from Mendon" stepped forward, and nfter viewing his audience for a few seconds, laiinched forth into the deep and troubled waters of "the economie questiona of the day," currency, free trade, etc. One of his firstassertions was that the national bankers, the bondholders, the nianufacturers, the monopolists, all of whom are republicans, control the policy of that party, and believe in reducing taxes by repealing the infernal revenue taxes, commencing on liquors and tobáceo. [A 'falsehood, for Samuel J. Randall, a democrat of democrats has always fathered all bilis in the national house looking lo the reduction of taxes on those coinmodities. and has succeeded twice, by the aid of democratie votes, ín getting the taxes on wines, liquors and tobáceo reduced.] "Taxation for revenue is necessary and legitímate, but beyond that the hand of of the t.ix-gatherer becomes ¦ robber's hand." Monopolists are the outgrowth of protection and every monopoly is a curse to soine industry. The monopolist, the bondliolder, the millionaire were all legitímate producís of republican protection, and the only hope of the nation was in commercial freeilom, the wiping out of all tarift save for revenue, and the adoptton of England's free trade laws. [By the way, Mr. Yaple, England has no monopolists, no aristócrata, no favored classes, has she? Her workiug men are all on a level with their employers; tbere is no waut, no misery among England's workiug classes? Free trade has brought sweet happiness to all their homes and and plenty of dollars to their pockets bas it not? Read English liistory; read of the cubins ot tlie peasantry ; the rags, the wretchedness, the poverty, the degredation, of the working classes of Great Britain to-day, and then teil us if you can that the workiug classes of free trade Englaud are equul in any wat to the working classes of America with her policv of protection. 1 - J g. - - J Here is Mr. Yaple's picture of protec tion: „"Protective tariiï is a blow ut cora merce, whicli euriclies all nations and al men; it is a two-edged sword been use i prevenís imporuitions and prevenís ex portations: Stop the whirling wheels o the faetones, tear up the railroads, fill up the canals, cut the telegraph wires ani cables, sink the ships to the bottoui o the ocean, destroy all communication and exchange, annihilate all conimercp and you realize the perfection of protec tion." [How so? Under protection Amerl ca'8 commerce has grown f roni insignili canee in 1859 to rank among the great est of the nations of the earth in 1886 1 Instead of preventing importations ant exportations, it has multiplied them thousand fold. The whirling wheels o the factory have been multiplied unti to-day there is no nation on earth tha can compare with America in quaulit and quality of her factóry products, fact Mr. Yaple admitted. Tear up th railroads, eh? In 1860 there were 30,03 miles of railvoad, in 1885 there were op wards of 150,000 miles of railroad in th United States, built under protection - and mostly with home-made rails. How it does tear up the railroads, doesnt it "Fill up the canals." Well, canals ar pretty slow for these fast days, and so th people will not be very particular abou them. "Cut the telegraph linea and ca bles.'' All the cables across the ocea to-day have been laid under America' protective tariff; the number of miles o telegraph line in 1850 were 30,000 and i 1885 they reached nearly 175,000 miles How protection has cut them, has it not "Sink the ships." In 1860 the total for eigu trade of the United States was f533, 335,200. Ia 1880, after 20 years of thi rulnoug protective policy, it was re duced(!) to $1,124,522,320! The numbe of extra sliips necessary to carry thi rreat raduotlon(t) we will leave for Mr Yaple and bis tree traders lo ponde over. This Iook8 like destroying al commerce does it not ? How stern fact do knock out the bcautifully woven am eloquently pictured hut iallacious free tr.uli; theories of Mr. Yaple.] The speaker went on further to tel about tliis "damnablo protective policy' of the repubücan party: Every inarsh i a protection ist, [ye?, some of our marshes are yieldinghumlredsof bushels of onioii. and celery and potatoes, etc.], evcry swanip is a protectionists, every corduroy road is a protection ist, because proteciioi closes our markets against foreign sellers and closes furelgn inarket agaiust our "ellen. The faets Show that our exports averaged $340,522,579 a year during the past ten years more than they ever reacbed ii any one year of free trade up to 1800, uk our imports $240,754,551 more. Tlie balance you see largely in favor of our pro ducera. These are stern facts; sUuly up the statistics of your country, Goorge before making any more speeches, we beg of you.] "Open up your ports by free trade, and we will annex to the United States, the whole world." [Do you want the wholt world annexed, my laboring brotlierf Do you want British India, China, Japan, the slaves states of África and the vast hordes of Russian serfa aunexed to your homet? Do you want to be ruzed to their level by free trade ? We think not.] "Every farm is a factory, anü yet every farmer is dependent upon the seasons. Close the door in the spring by bad weiither, and you close it for the year. The manufacturéis can fix the price'foï the woolen blanket you have to buy of him, hut the farmer can not lix the price of a pound of wool. Protection crippl es and kllls off our manufactures because the manufacturar has to pay i high duty to the farmer on wool. Our merchante' Bhelves are loaded with foreigD, English goods [remember protection ehuts out foreiga sol Iers] auge our lilgli tariff will not nllow our nanufacturers to import the macliinery o make these goods [and yct the United States has tl. e best manufnctorles on the face of the eartli he says, and coukl sup[)ly the world If we only had free trade.] WC are but repeatlng the history of England ander proleotlon, our laws are 2opied after berold laws; we cannot dettxoy Bngland'i f.ictories by taxing our nwn [funny!]. The waves of the HU have rolled back and away frora ns in aiggust. Protectlon ulights rfnr fields, cripples our fnctories, and blocks our coinui'.'rce. [Study up etatistics, George.J "I have no more love for Etijjland than the most extreme protectlonut, but l would like to see the Atlantic and I'aoifiu oceans made American laki's of tree rade." He theu went into a discription f thé EnfflUh natkm and plled Rreat obe of taffy on the Iiisli people. lt was ot free trade that ruined the people ot relamí, but the want of free trade in ands, íam' yet he asked to have Engaud'slaws adopted.] Piaster or guano r pulverized bone were not the best ferllizers, but the foot of the man who wns the land. liritish protoction was the cause of the American revolution. It was for the Ight to product', to manufacture and to rade that lead our forfathers throagll the battle Beldl ot the revolution bare-footed ,od illy ciad. If we sliould lewer the tarift the cry comes that a flood of cheap goods would come In. Well, let them come, there could be nothing better for the poor people of this nation. This country's proluction avenue $1,900 per capita, Engand's only $700 or $800. We pay hljjher wagea than any other country and yet the coat of production is le?s than in any other country. We pay three times as DUch for labor as Enjrland. [And vet the speaker drew a terrible picture of the woe and want and sull'eiiug of the Anier can laborer, and how said laborer turned uto a tramp becau-e lie was ground down by the protection laws. But how about Eiifrlaiu! witli wajies three times ess than in this country ?] He referred to the tarilï on salt and amber, but forgot to state that a barrel of salt could be boayht now for $1.15, while it cost $3.25 under free trade in 1859. Protection is hostile to the genius of flemocracy. It builds up monopolies, flow about iree trade Enjland ï Are here any monopolies or monoplists in that nation f] Bllghted oblldhood, and degraded womanhood, pauperism and crime are the result of this damnable protectlve tariff. [Is free trade the cause of the same result in England T No man will dony but what it exists there, for England has been shipping paupers and crimináis to America, Australia or Van Dieman's Land, ever since Yaple was born. And America has taken those who came to her shores and either made good, reepectable citizens of them or locked them up in her prlsons under this "damnable protective policy."] During one portion of Mr. Yaple's speech he referred to Mr. Blaine, of Maine, that prince of protection ists," which was greeted by a hearty applause. Capt. Manly then introduced Hon. Chas. R. Whitman, who spoke briefly upon the tarifl" also, and closed by introdocing Mr. Lester H. Salsbury, the democratioeandidatefbrtongfeM. But Yaple had evidently taken the wind out of all theirsaiU. He wasso much more eloquent, so múch better posted on what he wanted to say, that all the gpeeche3 that followed feil flat on the ears of the auditors until Johnnie Bnrigh of Detroit, was permitted to speak by the master of ceremonies. Johnnie woke up the boys by a tirade of abuse of Henry A. Itobinson, of the first district, a futid of funny stories applicable to hls sidej of the politieal campaign, and a pat way of telling them. Capt. Manly in one of bis speeches said "you have heard our eloquent candidate for governor upon the great questions of the liour, now how many of you are going to help elect hira ? ''AU who are say aye ! " Well, the "ayes" sounded very much like the replies to a teacher cálling the roll of a spelling class In the old fashioned country school house. They were very few and far between. So thé great democratie jubilee went out It was not a success, either in numbers or enthusiasm. There was a good 6ized crowd in the opera house, to be sure, but the old tire that made the weikin ring in past campaigns was not there.

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