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The Farmers Revolt

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All over the country the farmers are opening their eyes to the fact that high taxation does not make them prosperous. They have grown tired of pa ving tribute to the millionaires of the east, and many republican farmers now openly announce their intention of voting for Cleveland. Below are the names of a few republican farmers in Indiana and Illinois who have announced themselves for Cleveland. The Indiana farmers talk in this fashion : Hamilton Wright, of Fountain County--"I considerthe Democratie ticket invincible. The fight will be on the tanff. An effort will be made to hoodwink the farmers by crying 'Free Trade,' but it will not win. Any one who cares to read [the democratie platform will see that the party stands for tariff reduction and nothing else." William Robison, of Fayette County - "I have no fault to find with Cleveland and expect to vote for him.Am tired of paying tariff tax on everything I buy and getting no return from it." Eugene ttunt, of Marión County - "I can't vote the Republican ticket when the platform declares for the taxation of the necessaries of liie." E. B. Beeson, of VVhitley County - 1 would have iikeü a platlorm , iavoring tariff reduction, believing . that would have been to the best interests of the agriculturists. The protection afforded the farmer is merely imaginary. 1 don't like the Republican ticket." W. Springer, of Tipton County - "I can never stand the whiskey clause in the Republican platform." Henry Goar, of Tipton County-"I hare voted the Republican ticket for twenty-eight years I do not desert my party or its principies, but they have deserted me." The Illinois farmers' revolt assumes large proportions and many of the thinking and influential farmers express themselves as follows: Asa F. Mather, of Will County- "I presume to say that I am a republican, but I cannot go that last platform; the Republicans have been promising us for ten years to make gradual reduction in the tariff, but it has not been done; the lumber item, for instance, protects the railroads and manufactories, the railroads using ties that have no tapff, while those wanting to build a house have to pay the lumber barons what they demand. At our cheese factory, I meet lots of farmers. The Republicans are unanimous in declaring that they will vote the national ticket, that Cleveland's ■ platform suits them ; they do not like to sec manufaetories and railroads control their party as it does; Gresham carne near to meeting their wishes, and he was killed off in the Chicago convention by the manufacturing and railroad interests; he was our man. I expect the democrats will give us another four years' rule on that very issue." Charles McKee, of Whitside County - "Well, I have always voted the Republican ticket, but I have concluded to 'flop' before I die. and this year I shall vote for Cleveland. I can't stand that protective, tariff or that no tax on whiskey and tobáceo of the Republican platform." Holly Hodge, of Wayne County - "I have voted for Grant twice, for Hayes, for Garfleld and for Blaine. The Republican platform has to me some objectionable features. Looking at it from my present standpoint, it seems to me that its tendency is too strong in the direction of a high tariff, We all recognize that there must be a reduction of the revenue, and I feel that that reduction shoald be made upon the necessaries rather than by reducing the internal revenue. I feel that the Republican party in its last platform has taken new ground, and as I feel at present, I cannot conscientiously support the nominees of the Republican convention. Selah Knapp, of Will County-- "There is much discussion on the tariff, and many of my neighbors declare they wilí not vote the ticket. The fact is, the farmers want to see the tariff revised ; they see the manufacturers getting rich and the farmers baie'y keeping even." iMathan Harris, of Iroquois Co.--"I have always voted the Republican ticket, but I am disappointed in the action of my party. 1 can't and vvon't indoree tree whiskey anil tobacco. I'm not going to say I'm a Democrat, but I like their platform, and will vote for Cleveland. I read his message last winter; it struck me favorably ; I've been thinking it over ever since, and when my party declared itself uncompromisingly opposed to any reduction on the necessaries, while advocating the abolition of the tobáceo and whiskey tax, I as emphatically disavow such political doctrine." Thomas Soran, of Iroquois Co.---, "I was for Blaine four years ago but I have changed my mind. I'm not in favor of protective tariff; all the pi-otection we need is protection from trusts and monopolists. Tobacco and whiskey are not necessaries, but curses. I'm well satisfied with Cleveland's administration. Henry Stover, of Carroll County ---"I have ahvaysbeen a Republican but I have not decided how I shall vote this fall. lam not with the Republican party on the tariff issue, and think the Democrats will win on that issue. John Brown, of Douglas County - "After reading the Republican platform carefullv, I have come to the conclusión that the free-whiskey and tobáceo clause is carrying the thing too far, and cannot support it. It should be repudiated by all sensible men. I have been a farmer and a Republican a great man y years." Charles Morton, oí Jo Daviess County-- "I have ahvaysbeen a Republican, but I intend to vote for Mr. Cleveland because I think it is to my interest to do so. I don't want cheap whiskey and tobáceo, but lower taxation on the necessaries of life." Jonn Roberts, of Jefferson County ■ -"I have been a republican, but I and my tvvo sons will vote for Cleveland and Thurman because of the tariff plank in the Republican platform.


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