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It sounds rather strange vvhen you talk of Alger's military record in connection with Gen. Sheridan's. And now comeththe Courier and others of that ilk holding up the Washington Post as a democratie paper, when everybody knows that it has recently been purchased by a bitter republican syndicate. The Couner affects to think that vice-President Hendricks aied because Cleveland was cruel to him. The campaign canards have commenced, but we little thought such a steady going paper as the Courier would make such a break s that. Why does not the Register denounce the judges of the supreme court of Michigan as lawbreakers for deciding that the city councils have no right to refuse to accept bonds because they are signed by brewers or saloon keepers? Possibly because no one of the judges is an editor of a rival newspaper. Who will be the next republican candidate for president? That is an extremely hard question to answer A much easier one would be, who president after the fourth of next March. For it really doesn't make much difference whom the republican party nominates next week. F rom the candidates before them, it is evident they will not place in the field so good a ticket as Cleveland and Iburman and the good sense of the independent voter will see that the name of Cleveland is once more "entwined with victory." The Alger boom is a manufactured one. No one ofthe candidates foi the republican nomination has had less public experience than Alger. His only public experience was as governor of Michigan and in spite of the fact that he spent, of bis abundant means to secure advisers to help him through vvith the duties of that position, his aidministration of the office of governor was not a glittering success. In fact it was generally conceded at the time that he could not be re-elected. One prominent Ann Arbor republican is said to have remarked concerning him recently that "any bummer on the streets ot Ann Arbor was as fit to be professor of astronomy in the university as Alger was to be president." Another prominent local republican thinks Alger "the biggest little man he knows of." In all this there is not a word against Alger's characrer. The ract is simply asserted that he has not developed those executive qualities which are required of the chief executive of this great country. The Adrián Times is a high protective tariff oigan. It is edited by one of the republican leaders of the state. Like all other republican leadeis he advocates keeping up the war taxation, and a tariff which is so high that it encourages the formation of trusts for the raising of prices. The Times lives up to his doctrine until it finds that the tariff on type enables type founders to form a corhbination to raise the price of type. Last week it said : "Now, what member of congress will immortali?e himself, and earn the lasting thanks of the whole people, by introducing a bilí, it ne?d not be more than ten lines, taking the duty off type, and thus protect the people against the greed of a dozen cormorants who propo&e to still further increase their robber gains. The type-founders'pusillanimous little "trust" should be promptly smashed. Whichofall the patriotic members of congress will be the first to catch the speaker's eye, for the in troduction of a little bill smashing it?" This does not read like high tariff doctrine. In fact it is a very good argument against continuing the republican party in power. The Times finds the price of type increased a quarter by the tariff. The Times has to buy type and so it naturally wants the tariff off. Now the workingmen and farmers want to buy their clothing cheaper, the lumber to bwild their homes, their iron which goes into their tools öf agricultural implements, the salt ttaey use, the sugar they need, and the thousand and one other articles they are compelled to buy. Why should they not urge a reduction of the tariff so as to buy these articles cheaper. Why have not they the same right to find fault with the combines and trusts which make millionaires at their expense, as has the Adrián Times? The Times' point is well taken and so is the point made by those who urge such a reduction of the tariff taxation as will break up other [trusts and combines to take hard earned money out of the pockets of the people.


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