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The democrats have made a good nomination for representative in the second district. James M. Louden will make a good member of the legislature. We are looking for the Pittsfield and Lodi democrats to give a good account of themselves this fall. Those poles should mark the polar road for the repnblicans. If you buy a set of crockery which cosis you $12, you pay a tax of $6.60. Did you ever stop to think of it? If the Mills bill had passed you couldhave purchased that crockery for $9.60 and the tax would only have been $4.20. The Courier this week afflvmes that free trade between nations as between states is a beautiful sentiment. No republican protectionist can afford to vote for candidates supported by such a free trade paper Of course this squib is arrant non sence, but it is a fair sample of Cour ier editorials. Henry A. Rouinson, who ran in the Detroit district two years ago for congress on the republican anc labor tickets, has declared for Cleveland and tarifF reform and is out with a strong letter supportinsf his position. He is a recognized labor leader in Detroit, everywhere respected for his honesty. His letter and influence will have a good effec in this state. Horat'o Seymour on being askec vvhat the farmers most needed a the hands of the government, re plied "Relief from some of the burdens of taxation." To the inquiry "what was their next greatest need' he replied "relief from some more ot the burdens of taxation." That is just what the farmers twant today - relief from some of the burdens of taxation. The Courier this week finds nothing better to write about than pitching ipto Mr. Stearns, oui nominee for congress and into the Argus. We don't care to reply,but we will say that insinuations regarding a candidate for office, which a paper knows to be untrue, ït .ought not to publish. It so weakens its editorial columns that its opinions, assenions and arguments come to be regarded as worthless. Not very long ago, the Adrián Times and the Ann Arbor Register called attention to the great type trusts which were grinding down the newspaper publishers and called for the abolition of the tariff on type as a sure means of breaking up the trust. The Mills bilí reduces the tanffon type from 25 percent to 15 per cent and yet the Times and the Register have not a word of praise for the Mills bill, but make the absurd claim that it will ruin the industries of the country. It may ruin a few trusts but that would be a great blessing. The republicans are claiming everything this year, admitting nothing. So desperate are they, that they are even resorting to forgeries to regain power. We refer now to a campaign card with the English flag at the head and supposed extracts from English papers to the effect that the only use England has for an Irishman is to send him to America to vote for free trade. The quotations are forgeries. They were never found in the papers from which they were pretended to be quoted. Their case must be desperate indeed when they seek to win by such means. Some of our republican exchanges are talking of Cleveland as an enemy of the soldier. There never was a time in the history of this government since the war when there were more union soldiers employed in her service than now. If that is being an enemy of the soldiers, no doubt our boys in blue wish they had more such enemies. President Cleveland has appointed just seventeen pension agents, sixteen of these were union soldiers and the other one is the widow of a union soldier. The only other pension agent now in office is a union soldier appointed by Arthur and kept in office by Cleveland. TiiE'present tariffis a tariff which discriminates against the poor and in favor of the rich. For instance :he duty on common woolen shawls is 86 per cent but on the finest India shawls ït is only éoj4 Per cent. Spool thread pays a dutv of 51 per cent but the finest threail lace pays only3oper cent. Castor oil pays a duty of 180 per cent but otter ot roses is admitted free of duty. Ilorse-shoe ïails pay a duty of 116 per cent but old studs are admitted with only 25 per cent duty. And so you may run through the list. The necessiies of life are heavily taxed, the uxuries more lightly. The tariflf adly needs revisión. Lower the ax on the necessities of life which he poor man must have! Blaink's continual barking at Cleveland rèminds us of the parrot andtheovvl: "There was a small measly parrot once that found himelf in the same cage with an owl. ie looked at the owl and he didn't ike him. The more he look at him the less he liked him. And at last he turned on the owl and said: 'You have got no style about you anyhow. Your eyes look like a tapioca pudding with a black bead in the middie. You're no good.' In about a minute the owl hopped down and picked the parrot clean to the skin. As soon as he could collect his thoughts, the parrot leaned his head up against the side of the cage and said: 'Great Heavens! I talk too much.'" - Pontiac Gazette. The democrats stand for reduction of taxation both in the nation and state. To show how taxation grows under the republicans we have only to contrast the state taxes in Michigan in 1884, the last year of a democratie governor, Begole, with the taxes of 1887, under Luce and see. The taxes of 1885, the first year of Alger, can also be included in the comparison to indícate how expenses are steadly growing. 1884(Begole) ï 808,123.90 1885 fAlger) 1,655,361.40 1887 (Luce) 1,950,085.16 . We hear some republican friends caviling that 1884 was the low tax year of Begole's administration and 1887, the high tax year of Luce's administration. Let them gaze on these figures. Taxes Two Years Under Luce $3,408,551.31 Taxes ïwo Years Under Begole... 2,372,795.19 Increased Taxation $1,135,756.04 Is not that an enormous increase for four years? How long can the people stand fifty per cent increase in taxation? Do thcy want another two years of Luce and high state taxation? If a high tariff raises wages by keeping out the foreign goods, why is it that China, which has been proiected for centunes only pays'twenty cents a day for skilled labor? As one of our protection friends remarked the other day, "China is so thickly settled, that makes wages lower." Apply that argument to England, then. She is much more thickly settled than this country. Is that not ampie reason for wages being lower,accordingtoourprotectionist friend? But why, f protection lowers wages, have wages in England increased fifty per cent since she adopted free trade? Will some of our protection friends study over that problem a Iittle. If that is to hard a problem for them to answer, perhaps they can answer this. The average amount of wages paid by the protected mannfacturer in producing $i worth of goods is less than 20 cents, while the average tariff ís 47 cents. The question is bow much of that 27 cents goes into :he manufacturer's pocket and how much is fricd out of him to elect the republican candidate for president? The democratie administration is doing more work for less money :han previous republican administrations. The clerks in the departments at Washington are required to work. Take for instance the second comptrollers office in the treasury department. During the last [three years ofthe republican administration there were enployed 75 clerks. During the first three years of democratie administration 71 clerks. But the 71 clerks under democratie adninistration did more than doublé he amount of work done by he 75 clerks under republican administration. For instance the reublican clerks averaged 25,665 claims and accounts examined yearly, while the democratie clerks averaged 51,231 yearly. The democratie clerks wrote 7,360 letters per 'earwhile the republican clerks wrote ,750 letters yearly. The cratic clerks examined 2,431,12 vouchers while the republican clerks examined 1,196,971 vouchers. Nor is this merely an ïsolated nstance. The same thing can be shovvn in other departments. The democratie administration is an econoriiical administration. The last democratie governor of Michigan before the war, was Robert McClelland who served his second term in the years 1853 and 1S54. These are the last years in which the democrats controlled the state government of Michigan. Since that date Michigan has elected republican governors, excepting in 18S2 when Begole was elected, since that date Michigan's legislatures have been republican. The years 1853 and 1854 were, then, the last years in which the democrats controlled the state government and legislation. In the year 1853 the state taxation was only $[ 0,000. In 1854, it was only $30,000. Compare this last two years of democratie administration with the last two of republican adniinistration. In 1SS7, state taxes were $1,950,085.16. In 188S they were $1,458,466.04. In the last two years of republican administration state taxes were $3,408,551.20. In the last two years of democratie administration the taxes were $40,000. Of course the state could not be supported on such a small amount as that alone. But we must remember that the state had been managed by democrats for a series of years and had become forehanded. The state population in 1S54 was 507,521. In 1884 it was 1,853,658. In other words our population is not more than ;four times as large, but our taxes are eighty-five times as heavy.


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