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Tiie republicans have levied their first campaign assessment of one per cent. on the clerks in the state offices. They recognize the necessity of boodle to save the state to their party. Two-thirds of the republicans of Minnesota are opposed to the republican platform on the tariff question, says a St. Paul paper. Even the republican papers of that state cal] for tariff reform. George S. Wheeler struck the right idea when he stated that the way to break up trusts was to remove the tariff from the articles on which trusts exist. Let him vote the democratie ticket, if he desires to see his convictions carried out. A vote for Harrison means a vote for high taxes; a vote for Cleveland, is a vote for lovv taxes Can the people of this country be. induced to elect a ticket running on a platform which calis for a contir.uance of high taxes. We clon't beüeve it. Inf-vnt industries, which are so weak and struggling that they can. not subsist without heavily taxing the public are putting large sums of money in the republican campaign fund. The republican party should not take the money of weak, struggling infant industries. That is hardly the way to encourage them. China enjoys protection. In fact its manufacturers enjoy a monopoly of the home market such as even our high tariff has not given in this country. Yet in China the laborer works for two cents a day. The Chinese candidate for president cannot convince the people that the Chinese policy is good for this country. The American Wool Grower is a protection paper, yet in speaking of the price of wool it says: "are not likely to go any lower at present even if the Mills bill should by any possibility become a law, and on the other hand there is no good reason to look for much of an advance if the bill is defeated unless the importation of woolen and worsted goods is in some way checked." This is a decided admission for a protectionist paper to make. Congressman Bynum, of Indiana, says that twenty republicans in one ward in Indianapolis have joined a democratie club and will vote for Cleveland. The postmaster of Canelsburg, Spencer county, Indiana, reports that there are twenty men there, who were against Cleveland in 1S84 and will vote for him this year. The Evening Tribune, of Evansville, Lid., which supported Blaine in 1SS4, is now supporting Cleveland. Wooi. bore the highest tax between the years of 1S67 and 1S83 and yet in those years the number of sheep in the states of New York, Pennsvlvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa declined from 29,879,222 to 15,761,150. We do not claim that this reduction was entirely owing to the tariff. But it tsimply shows that a high tariff on wool will not increase the number o] sheep in the middle and eastern states. The protectionists claim that the price of wages can be raised by the tarifF. Senator John Sherman, who was a leading candidate för the presidential nomination on the republican ticket said in a speech made in Springfield, 111., June ist, 1SS7: " There are some things that laws cannot do. They cannot regúlate the price of labor or anything else. This can only be done by the law of supply and demand." Our republican contemporaries occupy the position that a man who is getting wealthy pays his laborers more than a man who is not. That is not true. Our wealth men pay no more than men in moderate circumstances. A Few weeks ago the Argus published the statement that if a farmer wanted to build a house or a barn he had to pay a tax of $2 on a thousand feet of lumber used, but if a rich railroad Corporation wanted railroad. ties, it got them free frotn taxation. : The Courier branded the assertion "adeliberate falsehood" and has several times referred to it in that light. The Ypsilantian, which is even a stronger republican paper than the Couner admitted the facts as charged, which are notoriously true, but defended the inequality upon the ground that the farmer paid for the railroads in the end and therefore it was for their interest to have railroad ties free. This is very true. But is not the farmer just as much and more interested in having the lumber in the house or barn, which he pays for directly freed from taxation. This is only one of the rnany instances show ing that the republican tarif legislation is a class legislation anc directed against the farmer.


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