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They Talk From Experience

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It mightuot be a bad idea togiveome of ourhonest republican triends tickets to Europe, if we could be sme that they would return in time to vote next November and to use their iniluence with their heigbbors iu explaining just what the tariiï does for this country. Jiut it is not necessary that our republican farmers visit Europe to Ieam how they are robbed bythe tariiï tax. A repablican Germán farmer in the southern part of the oourity has been studying the tariff question and declares for Cleveland and Thurman. He says that he usually selis his wool for $175. He has ligured up that he pays out about SöOO every year for farm implements, clothing and.other taxed articles, ot which f rom 150 to S200 is tariff tax. lie figures that every cent he gets for his wool doesn't more than pay the taxes which go into the pockets of ;the manufacturers as extra profits. And among thinking men all over you hear the same kind of talk. David Henning, of Chicago, vvhile in the city recently told the Argus that outgoing passenger ships from this port were laden with drummers and that everywhere he found American goods competing with foreign goods and selling at less prices than they were selling for here. Mr. James Clements, a well-informed business man and former republican, has been in Europe several times and accüinu'.ated a mass of facts, from his personal knowledge, which dum-founds the republicans who at ;empt to talk tariff with lnm. ín t'act :he tariff tax must beredueed. Thomas Blake, a well known farmer of Ann Arbor townslnp, has always hitherto acted with the republican party. He visited England this spring and while there purchased a pair of woolen blaukets, paying $9.25 for them. Wheu he carne home the custom house ollieers required hiin to pay 6.75 duty upon them. This made the blai.kets cost him 16. He showed his purchase :o his wife, who produeed a pair oi' blankets she had just bought here, of just half' the size of the iaaported bUnk ets, for which she had paid SS. This would make the same size blankets as those brought home by Mr. Blake cost $16 for two pair. Airs. Blake's blaukets were of thefiner quahty. Mr. Blake made up his mind that if it eost him $6.75 tax upon two pair of woolen blankets, under the present law, he wanted that tax reduced. Henee he has declared for Cleveland and reven ue reform. Albert Blaess, one of Washtenaw's most prosperous farmers, who has a üne farm on Lodi plains and several hundred sheep, has openly declared for Cleveland and Thurman. Mr. Blaess has been au active and outspoken republican. But he has had his eyes opened to the fact that the farmers of this country are too heavily taxed through the tariff, and as the democrats piopose to reduce that tax he has joined them, and a Cleveland and Thurman pole will be erected in front of his house to-day. Mr. Blaess recently revisited Germany. Ile is a well informed man, andjkeeps his eyes open. In Germany he saw an American reaper, made in this country and shipped over there, which, af ter all expenses of transportation, sold for something like $30 less than an exactly similar reaper ot the same make eost him in this country. Mr. Blaess thinks the republicana can talk sheep to him all they please, and he owns as many if not more sheep than any of them, but they can't alter the fact that American manufacturers are enabled by the tariff tax to charge the farmers of this country many dollars more for their farm implements than they are willing to sell to the farmers in foreign countries.