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Ex Cong. R. G. llor-, of this State, is now on tlie staíl' of the New York Tribune and we may expect their tar.ff editoriala, already the strongest of any p:ipcr in the country, wlll be still furilier cnlianced in interest and valúe. We quote a recent pica of bife to give the tariff a fair trial: Congress 3 once more in session. Tliere is a large amount of important work for it to do. Tbe Tribune liopcs tlie members will attend strictly to the unflnished business, and not listen for a raoment to any hue and cry of our enemics, the Free-Traders, who will, no doubt, demand further tariíl logislation. Of course the recent elections will be claiined ia a verdict of the peop!e Bgalnst the McKinley bilí. We insist no such verdict has been given. The result carne frotn no fair, honest discussion of that measure. It was brought about by a System of trickery that wonld make a "beathen Chinee" blush, and by a resort to lying that was truly monumeutal. The country was llooded with lists of advauced prices for goods that were thcn,and are now, selling at oíd prices; and statements were made in the ipress and on the stiimp as to Items contained in the bill which were siinply bare-faced felsehoods. The free-trade champions have never been noted for their love of truth, but their methods and statements in the last campaign were simply infamous. This is well known to the Republican members of the present House. Henee we say give the new Tariff bilí a fair trial. That bill was drawn in perfect harmony with the clearly stated utterances of our National platform, on which was fought the battle of 18S8. That contest was squarely won on that well-deflned issue. At that time the question was examined from a purely National point of view, Bffected by no side issues, by no local matters or personal complications. We secured at that time tlie delibérate decisión of the people, after the subject had been treated entirely as a National one. Jt was discusscd and disposed of from a purely National point of view. If under its provisions new Industries spring up and extetlng industries are awakened to new life, if the crops of the farmer yield him botter return?, and the laboring men of the country are furnishcd with more constant, well paid employnieut - in short, if with this bill fairly enforced, come better times and more wide-spread prosperity, then no sensible man will ask for its repeal. If it does not work well it can be easily changed as soon as the experiment shows bad results. But the only way to find out liow it will work is to give It au honest, fair trlaL Of course this will not picase the manufacturera of the old world or their allies, the "revenue rcformers," on this side of the oeean. They fear that it will work well, and that fcar will prompt tliem to seek its repeal before any chance is had to test its practical workinjr. It is not the well-being of the people of the United States that these foreigners seek to promote. They desire to get possession of the markets of this country simply to help thetnselves; by no means for the purpose of aiding us. Hemember that it is not the iirst time that Republicans have been called upon to stand by their colors when the surroundings looked dark. Immediately after the first battle of Buil Kun the very men, both here and in GreatBritain.who are now so f uil of joy were exultant at our defeat and called for an abandonment of our cause. Yes, they even declared that the contest liad been decided agatnst the Union. Abraham Lincoln answercd their tiiuinphant yell by calling for 300,000 more men. The future historian will write it down that what seemed a terrible disaster at the time was really a Messing in disguise. After five days of fearful fighting In the Wilderness, almost any other General than Grant would have advised a retreat, or at least the digging of trenchesand building of fortifleations. Not so with this matchless soldier. His order was: "Let the men rest to-night; we will go forward to-morrow." And so they did. ünce the country went wild on the (ireenback craze. The elections went badly, and the credit and prosperity of the Xation seemed to be threatened. The enemy said then: "You republicans must yield; must back down; your resumntiou business will ruin the Nation." Soine timid ïncn In our own ranks recommended the heeding of such advice, but wiser counsels prevailed. Our party was right and kept steadily on in the line of duty. Kesumption came, and with It not ruin Imt prosperity. So say we now. Protection is rlght. It has done wonders for the building up if this country; it can do much more in the future. The McKinley bill is a protective measure, drawn with great care and ability, studied, revlsed and amended by able men. lts unes all run in the right direction. It was made for the purpose and the sole purpose of building up our own country; to help the business of our own people. That is what the men who framcd that bill believed it would do. I agree wilh them. The records of the past teach that suoh must be the result. To do all these thingg, the bill must bo put into operation, and ampie linie must be glyen to develop lts merits. Great industries do not spring up in a diy. Ampie factories for the making of such an article as tin-plate cannot be built in one night. The only test of such a measure is to be found in its practical workings. So give this bill a fair, honest, faithful trial. It is no time now to be talking even about amendinents. To any free-trade Democrats who insist upon tinkering with this bill at the present session, one reply only should be made. Teil them to keep qulet; to take a reet. The bill as it is can be defended if it shall need any defence. The falsehoods and ïuisrepresentations about its provisions can and will be explained. When understood it will be found that no bill was ever enacted more In the Interest! of our entire people. Believing that the measure is a Kood one, let the word be paned among the entire rank and tile : "I propose to fight t out on this line if it takes uil summer." R. G. Iloitu. West Jyovi, in Oakland county, has a republican club that meets every week and discusses important national questions. The last question discussed was "The taxatlon of church propeity.'1 We commend the aetion of the West Novi rcpublicaus to the republicana of this county particularly. It. is not only a fine thing for them In uu educational way, bilt it Is a sure assistance to republican victories lor when acople get to thorouirhly understanding national questious, they lind the republican party on the rlght side of them.


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