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Plattsburg (Mo.) Leader: Nebraskans, too,
stand square for true democracy.
North Vernon Ind.) Sun: Will an American
paper be considered "yellow" in saying "Hurrah
lor. the. Boers." ' .,.
Mayfiold (Ky.) iMirror: The republicans have
always pretended to 1)6. the champions of jiomo "
industries; yet ' theyj have by unjust legislation .
crippled one of the' greatest industries in the
United States. We refer to the silver industry.
Gentry (Ark;.). Journal-Advance: The demo
cratic party favors: ;tlie election of United Stated -senators
by direct Vote of the people; and that
method has been practiced by the party in Ar
kansas in choosing candidates for several years.
Macon (Mo.) Tlnies-Democrat; When these
"reorganizers" talk about going east for their can
didate for president' they only intensify the feel-
ing towards them already existing in the party.
We feel like demanding a western man, one who
has been loyal and true to the party.
Maryj3vilfe (Kas.) Advocate-Democrat: If the
republicans of ten years from now stand by the
doctrines of William McKinley it will be. a sur- '
prise to students of history. The republicans have
repudiated every leader they have had since the
organization of the prty.
Darlington (Wis.) Democrat: A correspondent
asks, "What is a democrat?" We are of the
opinion that a dembcrat'Is one who believes in the
principles adopted by the last democratic national
Convention -and votes the democratic ticket.
" Two Rivers (Wis-) Chronicle: Those so-called
democratic papers ttiaf are editorially but. the
echq.pjUhe Chfcago Chronicle, are lacking In either,
Sirre.peotor.pelf-reUfnctf: TheCtf Icag'pCliron- ,
1516 ''$$ an brfean of'tlfe National bank syndicate "-
only this and nothing, more.
Cuba (N. Y.) Democratic Times: In order that
the common people may.be able to ..see through,
the money question the, government is going to
issue a two-cent piece with a hole in the center.
Wo trust our misguided friends will discover the
error of their way and repent.
Jackson (0.) Herald: The democrat, who fails
to respect the memory of a conscientious and up-,
right president because he differs in his political
views, is a mean man, but he is a gentleman
when compared to the republican who attempts
to make political capital out of a death that is
sincerely mourned by the whole nation.
Sycamore (111.) Br,oadside: We want all the
"harmony" it is possible to have, if it is not at the
expense of principle "but as between harmony
and principle we will stand for principle every
time. But those who are now talking so strongly
for harmony, sweet harmony, should have thought
of harmony five years and one year ago.
Guthrie (Qkl.) Qhserver: Democrats keep your .
eye on those pretended democrats, who are so
useful and beneficial to the republican party as to
secure favors and offlcia'l recognition from republi
can office-holders. They are entirely too intimate
and useful to that party to be of any benefit to
Memphis (Tex.) News: Some of the republl,-
can leaders are giving themselves a great deal of
uneasiness about democratic timber .for the piesi
dency in 1903. We- think that an inventory of the
democratic forest will show as few stumps and
rotten logs as the republican woods. The demo
cratic trees may not look as flourishing- on the
outside as the republican "green bay trees," but
they are not nearly so rotten on the inside.
Elizabethtown (111.) Independent-Star: Even
republican papers and republican voters are be
Eiuning to wonder how those protected industries .
cau afford to go unprotected into Europe and sell
cheaper than they do at home. They do it just the
same, and, of course, make money by the transac
tion. No wonder the laboring men who pay taxes
to protect these great combines grow restless when
they think the people in the old world buy the,
same article cheaper than we do.
Pomeroy (0.) Democrat: Democrats believed ,.
the policy of McKinley as td the acquisition of
foreign,' territory wrong. ' They did not agree with
his attitude on the questions of tariff duties and on
other important questions of national import, They
differed from him in life and his death, though
tragic and deplorable, does not. change this differ;
ence of opinion. Tjhe attempt of politicians HUo
Chairman Dick and others, to make political capU '
tal out of the death of- tlio late president is de
testable. Montrose (Pa.) Democrat: . The nation, re
gardless of. party, commends that jpart'of. the ie
cent Nebraska democratic platform, which.. was
adopted and which says, "We favor stringent im
migration laws that will exclude anarchists, and
state and national laws' that will suppress an
archy." It will.be the duty of democrats,-republicans
and all patriotic statesmen to have passed
such laws as will suppress and erradicato anarchy
and its teachings, at the same time not to abridge
liberty. We want liberty, but not license.
Hastings (Neb.) Republican: It is the demo-.
cratic party to which the country must still 'look
for tariff protection, ' The paramount issue, in, '
1904 promises to be the joint issue of the trusts and
the tariff. It will almost certainly be found, that .
the republican party is still subservient to the will
of the trusts, and the trusts demand the mainte
nance of the high protective tariff. American
democracy should fight, a winning -fight in, 1904.1
The American, peojple now realize that , protec
tio nhas protected the rich at the increasing ex- '
pense of the poor. v t v . :
J.1 ' Huntington ( Ind.)-New-ppmbcr.at; j$emo
crats who wish td control the government and se
cure a revision of the tariff and the control of the
trusts through an amendment to the anti-trust
law and' other necessary legislation, must -work
earnestly that fit men? able, -Kohest and true, are
nominated for congress and for -members 0i the
legislatures that will elect United States senators. ,
It is none too soon to bo shaping events to this
end. First-class nominations will always bring '
added support to such candidates, in many con
gressional districts enough to turn, the tide of.
Columbia (Pa.) Independent: Despite the
tragic changes at Washington, interest in demo
cratic presidential possibilities for 1904 has not
been even temporarily eliminated. It is a signi
ficant fact that republican leaders discuss the mat
ter with quite as much speculative energy as their
opponents. Democrats are silent, but confident.
They know that the crisis will bring the man. A
great party is never without a conspicuous cham
pion, and there is such a quantity of good demo-'
cratic timber to be brought into requisition When
the time arrives that the future may be considered
Havana (111.) Democrat: Out of sixteen edi
torials published last week by the hired writers of
the state republican literary bureau, six attack
Bryan, none mention McKinley, one praises the
Chicago Chronicle and three defend Governor
Yates' bad appointments and attack the Chicago
papers that dare to criticise them. According to
that test, Bryan is still the greatest man in the
United States, and the Chicago Chronicle Is the
paper all democrats should take if they want to
please the managers of the republican party.
Jones County (la.) Times: If the democracy
went .into the campaign of 189C on any other
than the Chicago platform, instead of polling
6,500,000 votes It would have polled 4,000,000. While
waging the campaign on the Chicago and Kansas
City platform, the democracy has been defeated,
but if It had adopted any other platform, It would
have been defeated by greater majorities. The
party demonstrated It could not bo led by Wall
streot financial magnates, and is re-establishing
itself in tho confidence of the people, and It will
bo but a short time until It will again be triumphant.
Minden (Neb.) Courier: Yes, It is wrong to
fujjte,' to get together, to cdmblno, to co-operate,
especially when tho party in power is assailed,
Now, in all candor, has there over been ono valid
argument evolvo'd against fusion? It is tho funda
mental principle of government. In olden times
people got together . to protect themselves from
tho ravages qf wild boasts, and hostile tribes.
Now people combine not only for protection, but
for economy and other mutual advantages. The
object of fusion is protection against the ravages
of trusts and corporations, and where Is tho wrong
for all who are opposed to trusts to unite and de
Des Moines (la.) Gazette: A few years ago
tho farmers were hurrahing for a protective tariff
that would protect them in the wool growing. In
dustry and would shut out the foreigner and ad
vance the prices on this commodity. Now tho
wool trust has forced down the price of wood to a
point which makes it unprofitable to the producer.
After all that has been said about protection to
the wool growdr he is now at the mercy of a great
wealthy corporation that is absorbing all the
profits of that industry. The tariff protects the
monopoly, but gives no protection to the wooi
grower. Honw many farmers there are in Iowa
that will- still .-favdrBtfcli a protection as this re
mains to be seen. .' .
Elizabethtown (Ky.) News: Anarchy should
be suppressed, but in our extreme haste to get
rid of .these red-mouthed scoundrels, we are Hauld'
to jgo to an extreme and, pass . laws that in the
i uturejrn&y bo used to pprldgo the freedom of tlie ' '
press and "the freedom of speech. Any abridge
ment of the rights guaranteed to our citizens in
tho reparation of independence and tho constitu
tion is dangerous to tho life of the republic. Sup
press anarchy, if possible, by law, although It has
never Loen done in tho monarchies with the most
sjlringent regulations and statutes, but guard tho
rlglit rdf the citizen to advocate reforms of any
kind ai,d tfce right to criticise and condemn tho
public acts o' our officials both in tho forum, upon
the stump and tho press. ' ,
Hardy (Ark.) Herald: The Herald knows It
i3 right, and to be right Is the acme of wisdom.
For smartness nothing can beat simply being
right. Did it never occur to tho time-servers who
are advocating a rcpublicanized democratic candi
date in the mistaken belief that such a leader will
bring success that it is better to walk in defeat on
God's side than to ride in the triumphant band
wagon of tho deyil? Although In every contest
during our brief span of life we may see the ban
ner of right and justice beaten down Into the
dust, yet it is better policy as well as better prin
ciple to fight on for the defeated right rather than
follow, for the sake of loot, the horrid battle-flag
of victorious wrong. It is the .actual, practical
truth we are telling you, and no irridescent dream.
Dunklin (Tex.) Democrat: Senator Vest ia
quoted as saying that the silver money question
should not be brought before the next democratic
national convention. Imperialism, trusts and an
income tax are the main questions, in his opinion.
No matter how dear Mr. Vest has been to Missouri
democrats, there are few of them who will agree
with him that "It would be suicidal to thrust the
silver issue forward again." That will likely not
be the leading issue, .but it will be prominent In
the next national platform, for there are six mil
lion of democrats who believe that silver and gold
should both be recognized as money, and the same
number believe that both metals should be coined
into money by the government free of cost. As to
what the exact ratio should be may be a question
for debate; but a ratio should be established and