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"fat" In The Tariff

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Day
31
Month
August
Year
1888
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Public Domain
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fConfidential.] [Dictated.] Office of Albert Daggett, 51 New Street. (Boom 12), New York, May 25, 1888. My Dear Sik: I have been requested to submit the enclosed communication to you, and I do so with the greatest pleasure. With mv knowledge of practical politics, I unhesitatingly say that this is the most important undertaking in the cainpaign of 1888, and I contidently rely upon your prompt indorsement and assistance. Will you kmdly subscribe and return the enclosed subacription list to me at as early a day as practicable, as the work;is.outgrowing the resources of the league, which now contains oyer 5,000 clubs, with a membership of half-a-million.votersV Very truly yours, [Enclosure.] Albert Daggett. [Confldential ] HEADQUARTEKS üictated] of the KEPLBLICAN LEAGUE„OF THE UNITED STATES. New Yokk, Mat 25, 1888. My Deak Sik: The Republican League of the United States desire to bring you face to face with the startling fact that the comiiig Presidential election is not to be fouaht on the old party Unes which have heretofore divided Demócrata and Republicana, but upon a direct issue of f ree trade vil protection. The League stands for protection and is fighting in your interest. It is no Fourth of July organization for dress parade, but is an every-üay working force of practical political workers, who have in four months enrolled an army of over 400,000 men to fight against British free-trade ideas, British gold, and Democratie IJessians, who are flghting under her banners. It is useless to argue the case; Democracy stands for free trade and against your interests, and you know it, no matter whether you have heretofore been a Democrat ora Republican. Iligh-sounding platforms of words can not gainsay this fact. nor fooi you unless you wisn to befooled. The coming campaign will be fought for protection uuder disadvantages never before encountered. Ninety-nine per cent. of the Federal officials are Demócrata, and will contribute ünancially to the hoped-for success of the free traders: Never before has the Democratie free trade or "tanff-ref orm" party been in so fortúnate a position. The Republiean League is not com posed of theorists who are ioreve promising to do something and neve keeping their promises. It has already done more than any other political or ganization ever attetnpted betore tke Presidential candidates had been placed ia the field. As our patriotic volun teers sprang to the countries defens when secession threatened its distruc tion, so at the cali of the League vas armies have been enrolled to fight th thousand times moie dangerous foe t the country's continued prosperity- free trade. We will win this fight if you will d your share and help us to finish wha wehavebegun; we want money, anc want it at once. We are over-whelmec with calis for tanff documents and fo speakers and organizers. We propos tn nrermiizfi and fisht against free trad in every doubtful Oongressional and Legislative disti ictin the United States. To-dav there is but oue majoritv in the Senate of the United States when the Unes are drawn betvveen the Detnocrats and Republicans, and ..unless muoh is done, the next congress will see a freetrade House, Senate and President, and then good bye to your prospenty. It raay not be of your personal knowledge, uut it is a f act, nevertlieless, that the manufacturera of the United States who are most benefitted by our tariff laws have been the least wiJling to contribute to the success of the party whieh gave them protection, and whic is about to engage in a life-and-death struggle with tree trade. A Republican United States Senator, from a State which never had a Demotratic representativo in either house Jof Congress or a democratie State officer, in spakiug of the well-lcnown dispesition of the manufacturing interest to lock up its money, foid its hands, and look on wíiile somebody else fights f or its success, says: "The campaign which we are about to enter, will concern, more than anybody else, the manufacturera of this country, ïhey have heretofore been verv laggard in their contributions tothe Republican cause. In f act, if I could punish them without punishing the cause of protection itself , I would consign them to the hottest place I could think of on account of their cravenal parsimony. If this class of people do not care to coutribute to the success of the Republicau party, they are weieome to try their chances under a Democratie administratiou; I can stand it as long as they can." And again: "1 was solicited to contribute to a protective-tariff league, and I replied that if the manufacturers of the United ■States in their associated capacüy were cm eleemosynary institution, that Iwould 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 willincc to keep even that rather than not to have any, but I am sure I can get along without any of it fully as well as the manufacturers can, and if they think the republican party is going to maintain a high protective corps for their beneüt, and the men who do the work in that party are going to keep up the expenses of a campaigu out of their own pockets, leaving them to reap the fruits of tlie tariff policy without any deductionfor political expenses, they are very greatlv mistaken. I understand that in a general way the manufacturers of New England have been more liberal in their contributions thanthose of Pennsylvania. "In fact, I have it from the best possible source that the manufacturers of Pennsylvania, who are more highly protected than anybody else, and who make large fortunes every year when times are prosperous, practically give nothing towards the maintenanceof theascendancy of the republican party. Of courae, I shall not viólate what I ider to be a proper principie of action; ut if Ihad my way about it I would put ie manufacturers of Pennsylvania under hefire and fry all the fat out of them. t the Mills tariff bilí comes to the senate theie will be some votes cast there which will open the eyes of some of these people who have, while gatherinj? their millions, treated the republicau party as their humble servant." Tliese are strong words, and bitter, hut they are true, and it now remains with you and your associates to determine whether they are to be reiterated after this campaign is over, and protection has, through your apathy, been struck lts death-blow. If you give us the means to win the victory, we will do it. Are you wil] ing? Yours very truiy.

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