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In Whose Interest?

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In whose interest are the republicans running their campaign this year? Is it in the interest of the farmer, the wage-worker, the merchant, the people? Or is it in the interesof the manufacturer, the rich owner of pine lands, the railroad and other comorations, the monopolist? Let the party leaders speak for the party. Their own wörds teil the story bet:er than any woids of ours can do. The Michigan club runs the politics of the republican party in this state. The republican national league is Decoming to the party of the country what the Michigan club is to the party in this state. lts president, James P. Foster, of New York, has ssued a circular to the manufacturer of the country, It was a private circular but it feil into the hand? of sotne who did not believe in tariff robbery. It has been published for I several weeks now and the genuinenes of thc circular has never been denied. It is couched inplain terms. The circular letter tells the monopolists to whom it is addressed. "The league stands for prctectioa and is fighting in your interest.'''' It is a plea for money and saya "we want money and want it at once.'' Another soap campaign has commenced. In order to get the contributions of the manufacturéis it says, 'the manufacturers of the United States are most benefitted by our tariff laws." Fosrer quotes the remarks of a republican senator from a state which has never had a democratie representative in congress as saying: "I was solicited to contribute to a protective tariff league, and I replied that if the manufacturers of the United States in their associated capacity were an eleemosynary institution that I would vote to give them a pension, but that I did not propose myself to contribute money to advance the interests of men who were getting practically the sole benefit, or at least the most directly important benefits of the tariff laws. I am in favor of protection; not precisely the kind we are having, but I might be willing to keep even that, rather than not to have any, but I am sure I can get along without any of it, tully as well as the manufacturers can, and ifthey think the republican oarty is goingto maintain a high pro:ective corps for this benefit, and that the men who do the work in that aarty are going to keep up the expenses of a campaign out of their own pockets, leaving them to reap the fruits of the tariff policy -without any deduction for political exponses, they are very greatly mistaken." Foster further quotes this republican senator as proposing to fry the fat out of the Pennsylvania manu. facturers uzvio are more highlv protected than anybody else and ivho make large fortunes every year -■hen times are érostcrousT because they do not contribute more liberally to the republican campaign íund. The republican national league very truthfully represents the issue. The tarifi favors tbose who "make large fortunes every year." The fortunes are made out of the people. They foot the bilis. They make the protected manufacturers a new fortune every prosperous year. And it is to take more money out of the peoples pockets that the protected industries are asked to set aside a portion of the amount of which they rob the people to put the republican partv back in power.


Ann Arbor Argus
Old News