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It Anderson Is The "champion Liar"

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( vide Detroit Post and Tribune ) why does Stanley Matthews decline to take the stand and prove him so'r Gen. John C. Fremoxt has been appointed Governor ot Arizona, - a $2,600 office. Gen. Freraont and family have beeu living in Washington, in reduced circum8tances, his large fortune having been dissipated by unfortunnte min tig and railroad speculations. "OtJR FOLKS don't want no lawyers on their ticket. Lawyers are most as bad as bankers. Can't we fiad soine good farmer or laboring man?" That is what the Pust and Tribune Grand Rapids oorrespoudent says was objected to Dumont while the balloting was progressing for a candidate for Attorney-General. Well said, for one who knows anything about either constitutional or statute law, or much abont anything else, would willingly accept anomination on such an absurd platform or link his political fortunes with such a crowa of visionaries and impracticables. We suspect that the speech should have been credited to Gus. Peters. It has his rhetorical style. The fable of the ass that starved to death between two bales of hay, because unable to decide which bale to eat first, has been supplemented by the fate of Hon. Henry Chamberlain, of Three Oakes. He was presented to the National-Greenback-Labor Convention at Grand Rapids last week as a candidate for the first place on the ticket, but was hooted down and out on the ground that while the Greenback candidate for Congress in 1876 he voted for Tilden. That was a sin not to be condoned. We are led to ask, in view of Chamborlain's fate, if the nominees of the Oonventicn are all two years old in the worship of the rag-baby 'f Did not some of them vote for either Tilden or Hayes in 1876? Tuis IS WHAT that horny-handed laborer and poor and oppressed son of toil, Moses W. Field, is credited with saying at the Grand Rapids Convention: "The old partios, both controlled by the tnoney power, are our comuon foe8. While the product of labor only brings 2 1-2 per cent. accretion each year, a limited class, without labor, get 10 per cent. for their money. We have made up our minds to stop this." Will not eome one familiar with the life and labors of this Moses who is to lead the poor working-mau, the mortgage-ridden granger, the homeless mechanic, from the slough of adversity in which they wallow up to the mount of prosperity, give us the uumber of years which he has labored on the farm, in shop or factory, in positions of hard work and poor pay, as a "mud sill" or in any other capacity ? Cid he accumulate his bonds and mortgages and broad acres at the expense of blisterud and calloused hands, ot wearied limbs and bent back? Or were the working years of his life - all the years after early boyhood - given to the life of a middle-man, to making not 2 1-2 per cunt. on the product of his labor, but to pocketing 10 or 15 or 20 or 25 or even 50 per cent. on the grocerics he sold to the farmer and mechanic and day-laborer? Or 100 percent, on the blood and bonos and flesh and soul of the patriot soldier whose bounty warrants he bought with filthy lucre ? Or 200 or 500 or 1,000 per cent. on tha landu he purchased with his gains, with 10 per cent. on the sale-price of such lands? Moses may have always beun "the hale fellow well met" of thecommon laboror; may have boarded and bedded with the hewer of wood and the drawer of water, the ditcher and coal-burner ; may have freely shared his profits with the honest and honorable working classes of whatever name ; may have sold them groceries at a small per cent. advance, and lands at the price he paid for them, reiusing 10 peí cent. interest on deferred payments. If so we shall be glad to hear it, and will inake a note of it. Until so advised, we shall continue to believe that he is the same Moses W. Field who has not soiled his hands when he could avoid it, - and we are assured that when a wholesale grocer he wore kid gloves when showing inolasses to his customers, - whose "accretious" have not been conscientiously kept down even to 10 per cent., and who is and always has been a demagogue of the first water. This is the leader of the NationalGreenback-Labor party of this State. How do the real farmers and laborera like the portrait ? FroM TIME immemorial the uiti.en - be he agriculturist, mechanic, or tradesman, producer or middleman - wishing to purchaae a farm, toóla, implements, stock iu trade, a house and lot, or other real property, has gone about it by one of two methods : First, lie must labor and save - ihat is, earn the necessary tnoney ; or secondly, borrow the amount he desires to invoat, and borrowiug must give his note or mortgage aud pay interest on the same until lifted or dischargod. So with govornuients, munic ipal, state, or nntional, - one ot their two wnys boing taxation and the other a loan on paper oalled bonds - the compleiuont of the citizen's note or mortgage. It lias remuined for the modern Xational-Groenbaok financier to discover a better way. Witness this vesolution adopted at the recent Grand Rapids Conventiou, coupled with a domand for the "unconditional repeal of the socalled resutnption act" and the issue of an unlimited amount of irredeemable papor money "to be a full legal tonder for all debts, public and private" : 3. That no mora iuterest-bearing bondt oí Míe goverumeut uf auy kind or clasa be íssued, and that all bonds now outstanding be paúl as speoihly as posible. And the following froin the platform recently put forth by the NatioualGreenbackors of New York : Fourth- The immodiate calliug iu of all United States boud and the payineut of them, principal and iuterest, iu legal tender, lawtul reeuback money of the Tjuited States, aud every dollar of sueh issue of legal tender, lawful money, to be protected by the Irovernraent os at par with other lawful íuouey m gold aud 8ilver coin, uever to bo couverted into boud of any rate or class. í'ifth - That we demand that tliere be no f urther issue of governmeut bonds. Congreus has been authorized by the Constitutiou to lovy taxes, algo to borrow money on the credit of the United Mtates, also to coin money, but not to confíscate the property of the cttizen, nor to torce contributions in au illegitimate way. The State of Michigan might just as honestly borrow the money to erect the Capitol or other buildings without interest on its notes of hand, or the oounty of Washtenawforoe a loan froui its citizens, without interest and in advance of taxation, to build the new Court House, as the United States meet its current expenses or pay its bonded debt in irredeemable treasury notes. Bosides, as the bonds of the United States, or many of them, have years to run, they cannot be immediately cal led in, as demanded by the New York greenbackers, and if called in by the "immediate" issue of $2,000,000,000 or thereabouts of greeubacks, it would be utterly impossible to maintain them at par with gold and ailvor, and a hat full of them would not buy a hungry man a meal of victuals. By the way, why would it not be good iinancial policy for the individual citizen to retire and pay his bonded or inortgagosecured debts with non-interest bearing notus. It would save him a heap of labor and sweat and anxiety and wear and tear of body and brain to resort to this short cut of greenbacker financiering. If it is honest for the Government - an association of oitizens - to pay its debts in this way, it is equally honest for the individual to do it. Let Congress pass an enabling act "iiuinediately" or the citizen take the matter into bis own hands. Self-protection is the flrst law of nature. lx view of the vote given by the Peunsylvania Domocratic meoibers of the House, on the 3th inst., in favor of tbe motion to strike out the enacting clause of the Wood tariff bill, we trust that the Adrián Press and its 'arf and'arf Democratio-Greenback colaborers will do longerhold up thePennsylvania Democracy as models of platform makers. We at least take no more stock in their views on the currency than in their protection heresies. A Natiojíal-Greenback Uongressional Conrention was held at Adrián on Tuesday, and L. H. Thomas, of Keading, Hillsdale County, nominated by acclamation. Mr. Thomas is a manufacturer of ink and blueing, and is reported a " bloated capitalist," which sin the greenbackers propose to forgive, provided he will shell out t'reely in the coming campaign. He is of Republican proclivities, and as late as the last village election ran for president against the regular greenback candidato. He now comes to the post of honor at a single bound. Six delegates froin the Manchester Greenback Club represented Washtenaw County in the con vontion. Stanley Matthews has made a bad job of it in deoling or refusing to appear before the Potter committee and teil what he knows about Anderson and that correspondence. Tbe constitutional exemption is scarcely broad unough to warrant the question of privilege he has raised, and even if it could be so strained as to include it, to claim it is worse than a mistake. Better appear and make a clean breast of it. " Open confession is good for the soul." Eepubican State Conventiou yeaterday. Croswell nominated for Goveruor. Nothing further reported at the hour the Argus went to press.


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