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INDIA.KAP0L.1S, Sept.4tll. Deae Akgus:- I have jast flnished reading the account of the raiaing of 25 democratie poles between Ann Arbor and Saline, and must say tbatit was a great day for the old "wheel-horses" of Washtenaw eounty- -what a change! llonest, strdy Phil. Blum and the genial John J. Robison can well remember when things were far different. And I suppose there are hundreds of others in Ann Arbor who can well remember when there was but a single democratie vote cast in Saline. All honor to those men who have been true to their party for over a quarter of a century. The revolution has come, and I believe that with thechanges which have taken place in other counties, as well as old Washtenaw, that Michigan will be found in the column of democratie states next November. To the workingmen of the country Ben Harrison is obnoxious. Right here at his own home he is daily shown of by the people as being one of the great' est antagonista to the laboring man ir? this country. Only a short time eince the following appeared in the Senlinej of this city: "Here in Indiana, where Gen. Harrison is bestknown, his unpopularity is proverbial. Indiana is not a republican state and Gen. Harrison is not as strong as the republican party in Indiana. His associations and sympathies are all with the enemies of the people; with the class which Gould, Vanderbilt, Blaine and Depew are the leading representatives, and whose faithfnl, willing and obsequiousservant General Harrison bas ahvays been. He is exclusive and aristocratie in his tastes and habits; proud, cold and austere in tiis temperament and i f he does not feel a hearty contempt for those wliom Mr. Lincoln used to cali "the plain people," he has been strongly misuiuierstood all these years in his own state, among those who have had the best opportunity to study and understand his character." "Gen. Harrison cannot carry Indiana and he cannot be elected. Ele is identifled with the cause of monopoly, and in this campaign monopoly is going to be defeated. The platform adopte at Chicago is the most outspoken. audaciousand aggressive declaration in favor of monopoly that any political party in the United States has ever had the effrontery to put fotth. Standing on such a platform, a far stronger candidate than General Harrison would be certain of defeat. His personality will cut little figure in the campaign out side of Indiana. Here, his name at the head of any ticket would be enough to insure its rejection. In the country at large the issus which the republican party has raised sounds its deathkneil." That is the opinión of the leading paper of this city, of Ben. Harrison. Some may say the paper is piejudiced, but to a candid people we will refer the following: At tbs regular meeting of the ludían" apolis district assembly, No. 106, held Friday evening of last week, the following preamble and resol ution were passed as the sentiments of the K. of L. of the district in regard ta Mr. Harrison's antagonistic attitude to labor, and theii determination to work for his defeat in November. District 106 in eludes the territory vvithin a radius of fifty miles of which Indianapolis is the center. Wuereas, We are enjoined by our order to support, at the polls, our friends, and punish our enemies, and Whereas, Benjamin Harrison, in the foilewing manner, has antagonized the order of the K. of L., to-wit: He voted against the bilis to exclude the Chinese, while our general assemblv at Richmoud declared iinequivocally against Chinese emigration, and de manded the abrogation of the existiug treaty. He voted against the bill sanctioned by this order to place the letter carriers under the provisions of the eight hour law. In 1887, while attorney for a railway interested iu the failure'of the strike of that year, he assumed to act as arbitrator, thus going to the laboring man with fair promises, at the same time being iu the employ of a leading antag onist. While acting as railroad attorney, be accepted the position otU. S. senator and aided the passage of laws iu the interest of his employés. Therefore be it Resolved, That we re-affirm ttie feel ing of a distrust expressed bv the labo organizations of the state during th senatorial contest two years ago, anc pledge ourselvesto use every honorabl means to secure the defeat of said Ben jamin Harrison at the polls in Novem ber next. The above body is composed of som of the most influential and honorabl laboring men in the United States. An person in Ann Arbor can write to members of the above order and be easily satisfied that what you read here are the solemn f acts. And now about men turning from Cleveland and Thurman to Harrison and Morton- If I were to give you all the names of good solid republicana in this city who will not support Harrison would flll one solid page of your paper. At one meeting held in this city since the nominations were made, there were 800 republicansturnedout and marched in the democratie ranks and declared they would not support Harrison- and it is so all over the state. It has been deQnitely settled now that he did make the "Shoot Them Down" speech for which he is being terribly roasted. Mr. E. F. Gould, the leading Kuight of Labor here, says of Chinese Ben: His record in the United States Senate is somewhat a blank, but wherever opportunity offered his personal influence was used in the interest of incorporated monopoly, while he himself usually dodged the issue. "When the Chinese restriction bill lirst came before the senate he spoke against it. Wlien it carne to a vote lie shovved his cowardice bv dodging it. It paased the senate, however, but was yetoed bv the President Subseciuently it came to another vote, with a view of passing it, over ;he President's head. In lliis case Mr. Ilarrison voted to sustttin the vote. Later on, dunng the same session of congress, the saaie bill was again introduced, except tliat the prohibitionof Chinese immigration was reetricted for ten years instead of twenty as in the original bill. On that occasion Mr. Ilarrison voted against the bill restricting Chinese immigration. In üefending bis position upon this subject among hisi republican associates at Indianapolis lie argued that the Chinese ouglit to be entïanchised, and i f the republican party won ld do this it would give thern the Chinese vote. Tl; en bv allowing unrestricted immigration from China, the party could popúlate America with Chinese votes to snit any emergency so long as they were true to tha party that granted them the, right of suffrage." "Is tbis all the re is against taim?" "No, sir, it is not,v emphatically re)lied Mr. Gould. "Aside from this )ad record in the senate he is the atorney for numerous railways aud telegraph companies, and no confidence is Maced in him by the masses who are eeking legislation which these instituios oppose. As an indication of his oyalty to railroad comoanies in times of emergency, itis only necessary to reer to his course pending the railroad trike of 1877, on which occasion he implored the Governor to order out the roops and shoot down the strikers. iovernoT Williams stoutly resisted his nfluence claiming that the men were peaceable and that there was no necesity for such action . Atthis he musered up a company of hia own and rilled the men so as to have them in eadiness. Upon the same occasion he made a speech, from which the followng is verbatim and substantiated by flidavits: Were I the Governor, i'd force those men back to work or shoot them down n the spot. "And upon another occasion during ie same trouble he declared in a speech bat a dollar a day and two meals are nough for any workingman." "The Knights of Labor throughout he state offlcially petitioned for bis de'aat in the last senatorial contest, and t Chicago the labonng classss by the undreds were found working for his efeat. Prominent among those quoed as being favorably disposed toward iresham were Frederick Turner, Kichrd Griffiths and ThDmas Magune of he General Executive Board, Knights f Labor. The convention was warned y printed circulars. signed by repreentátives of the Knights of Labor and ther prominent labor leaders that if larrison was nomiuated they would ssist in his defeat. I think that from Ihe above any inelligent workingman will not be long bout making up his miad whom he will ast his vote for.- I haveendeavored o nve a plain statement of the facts as bey are here to be witnessed by any person- and on some future occasion maj teil the labonng men why.they hould support Cleveland and man.


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