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country and wc favor the ultimate attainment of
tho principles wo advocate by legislation that will
not lnjuro or destroy legitimate Industry.
Wp deuounco tho action of Presidont Taft in
voiding- the bills to reduce the .tariff in cotton
woollen, motals and chemical schcdulos and the
farmers' froe list bill, all of which were designed
to ffiyo immediate relief to tho masses from tho
exactions of tho trusts.
The republican party, while promising tariff re
l'iS?A,mi hoi.wn b lV t.a,r,ff elatlon that such
EnXis.fn i S r m ib0 In. lh?. Pcoplo's intorost. and
having been faithless to its pledgos of 1308 it
should no longer enjoy tho confldcnco of tho na
tion. Wo appeal to tho American people to sup
port us in our demand for a tariff for revenue only.
ROOSEVELT AND RECIPROCITY
"The Canadian reciprocity act was a jug
bandied arrangement under which the farmer
paid tho freight."
Study this remark of Mr. Roosevelt to the
farmers at the Minnesota state fair, St. Paul,
and note what follows. Then judge of tho sin
cerity of his utterances and promises regarding
"social justice," "regarding tho tariff," "regu
lating tho legalized trusts," etc.
It is not unknown to history that before tho
Canadian agreement was made by President
Taft he consulted with Mr. Roosevelt, submitted
the entire details to him and asked his opinion.
The president, at Boston on April 25 last,
said in an address:
"I consulted him (Mr. Roosevelt) ten days
before I made the agreement, explained to him
in full its probable terms, stated the arguments
pro and con, especially the effect of it on agri
cultural products, asked him to confer with his
colleagues of the Outlook as to its wisdom and
public benefit, and let mo know his and their
judgment. He (Mr. Roosevelt) replied approv
ing the agreement in the most enthusiastic
terras and complimenting me for having brought
That there can be no mistake about this is
shown by the text of the letter written by Mr.
Roosevelt to the president, dated from the Out
look office, New York, Jan. 12, 1911.
Here it is:
"Dear Mr. President: I at once took your
letter and went over it with the Outlook editors
It seems to me that what you propose
to do with. Canada is admirable from every
standpoint. I firmly believe in free trade with
Canada for both economic and political reasons.
As you say, labor cost is substantially tho same
in the two countries, so that you are amply justi
fied by the platform. Whether Canada will ac
cept such reciprocity I do not know, but it is
greatly to your credit to make the effort. It may
damage the republican party for a while, but it
will surely benefit the party in the end, especi
ally if you tackle wool, cotton, etc., as you pro
pose." This letter is signed, "Ever yours, Theodore
It will be noted here that Mr. Roosevelt goes
far beyond the mere details of the proposal of
Mr. Taft and says, "I firmly believe in free trade
with Canada for economic and political reasons."
What escape is there from the charge of in
sincerity and double-dealing? None. The real
change of heart of Mr. Roosevelt arose as soon
as he found that the farmers of the. United
States had organized in opposition to the Cana
dian pact, and he himself had become a candi
date against the author of the agreement. Yet
Mr. Roosevelt showed in the letter of Jan. 12
that he understood there was opposition, else
why speak of the damage it may do the republi
can party "for a while?"
Later, at Grand Rapids, Mich. (Feb. 12,
1911), he again approved the treaty in these
"Here, friends in Michigan, right on the
northern frontier, I have tho peculiar right to
say a word of congratulation to you and to all
of us upon the likelihood that we shall soon
have closer reciprocal relations, tariff and trade
regulations with the great nation to the north
At the Lincoln Day dinner at the Waldorf
Astoria, New York, Feb. 13, 1911, ho again in
dorsed the. Canadian agreement and congratu
lated the 'assembled guests upon the way in
which they were "upholding the hands of Presi
dent Taft in his effort to secure reciprocity with
Canada." Now we are told at least the farm
ers are told "it (the agreement) was a jug
handled arrangement under which the farmer
paid the freight"
What do the farmers think of their false
friend? What does the city consumer think of
his or her false champion of cheaper food and
clothing and coal and lumber? New York
Encouraging Prospects of Great Victory
Irom every section of tho country comes
encouraging news of tho prospects of a sweep
ing democratic victory in Novombor. Novor in
the history of American politics has tho outlook
for success boon so favorable. Reports of con
stant accessions to the democratic ranks from
both factions of tho republican party aro hoard
on all sides. Tho reason is plain. Tho demo
cratic party is being recognized by tho think
ing voters of tho country as tho ono party that
has consistently stood for progressive reforms
during the past sixteen years. Tho peoplo
realize that a democratic victory this fall will
bo tho surest and quickest way of obtaining
these reforms. The republican party has been
hopelessly rent In twain by those who claim to
favor progressive measures, but who, when in
power, did their utmost to discredit progressive
ideas and defeat the program of progressive
The democratic party faces tho greatest
opportunity of its career, and right now is tho
timo when it noedn tho best efforts of ovory
good citizen. Workers aro needed ovorywhero.
Tho opposition of its foos must bo mot, and tho .
misrepresentations of its onemies must bo
answorcd. Good campaign literaturo must bo
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