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OUR NEXT PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT.
DECLARES FOR HONESTY.
The American People Repudiate Cheap
Yesterday's vote was a McKinley,
"honest money and good government
landslide. The republican candidate
has 204 sure and probably 307 electoral
votes to 140 for llryan. He has a ma
jority of 1.000.000 on the popular vote.
' Thus ends a contests the issues in
volved In which probably were of more
importance and their momentous na
ture more clearly appreciated, than any
-which have confronted the American
people since the Declaration of Inde
pendence was signed.
The colonists realized clearly what
that declaration meant. They knew
that it signified war with the second
strongest nation in Europe a power
that could destroy their commerce and
capture their seaports. They wore not
certain of getting any foreign aid and
felt they might have to rely exclusively
on- themselves to win their indepen
dence and become one of the nations of
The day 'which ranks next in impor
tance to July 4, 177G,ns far as thegravlty
of the issues involved was concerned,
was the day when the presidential elec
tion of 1SC0 was held.
But nobody imagined thnt the suc
cess of Lincoln would be followed by
four years of bloody civil war. The
men who cast their votes for him
thought they were voting simply
.against the extension of slavery into
the western territories and possibly
-Into the free states.
This year the people voted Intelli
gently. Those who voted wrong did so
deliberately, for the campaign of edu
cation of the last eight weeks has left
no man in ignorance of the serious na
ture of the issues involved in the great
struggle in which 11,000,000 voters have
These Issues Involved the honor, cred
it and perpetuity of the nation. They
Involved the repudiation in cold blood
of public and private debts. It was pro
posed deliberately by one party to de
fraud the holders of the bonds of the
government of half their value, though
they had paid full value for them, nnd
to deprive every creditor of half what
-was owing him by private debtors.
That party Insisted on the pnssage
of n law to make all Americans dishon
est, to break up all contracts they bad
made, and to preveiit their making
others In the future unless they were
.made payable In debased money. The
.light of free contract was to be taken
.away from free Americans.
The issues Involved were not exclu
sively financial or moral. The very sta
bility of the government was drawn
into question. The civil war was fought
to destroy the doctrine of the supreni
ucy of a state. That doctrine raised 1U
head again In 1800, and It was an
nounced once more that national laws
cannot be enforced without the assent
of tnte authorities.
Social as well as governmental issues
were Involved. An effort was made to
array the farmers ngainst the towns
people, and to split the latter Into two
.hostile factions of employe and em
ployers, so that industrial peace might
Understanding fully these issues, and
how utterly their own fortunes and
those of their posterity depended on
dealing with them rightly, once and for
ever, the American people, nt the close
of a campaign of unexampled excite
ment and intensity, have buried Bryan
under an avalanche of electoral and
popular votes. The crimes and follies
he championed will not lift their heads
The cast and the west have clasped
hands to sustain the menaced honor of
the republic, and the south, partially
breaking loose from her old political
moorings, has made common cause
The American people have preserved
their honesty and their self-respect.
They have defeated Bryan overwhelm
ingly, and have shown the world thnt
they are not a nation of cheats and an
archists. They have voted that they will not
swindle foreigners and will not swindle
one another. They have repudiated the
repudiators, and put the ineffaceable
brand of their condemnation on the
brows of Bryan and his accomplices.
Tho people have stood by tho com
mandment "Thou shnlt not steal,"
which a desperate coalition of cranks
and crooks has been endeavoring to re
peal. It has been settled that the savings
bank depositors are not to be robbed of
their earnings, and that the laboring
man is not to be cheated out of half the
reward of his labor.
It has been determined that the ar
rangements men have made for the sup
port of their families by means of life
insurance policies shall not be inter
fered with and those families deprived
of half the provision made for them.
The sanctity of contracts has been
upheld, nnd the infamous attempt to
put in effect a policy which would vio
late millions of thein and destroy bil
lions of credits has been trampled un
The men who would have Mexican
lzed th6 money of this country, and
given the people, instead of a stable
dollar, a depreciated and fluctuating
dollar, whose value would have been
fixed In a foreign market, have met their
That wretched currency which would
have cursed the country had Bryan been
elected, would have been succeeded by
an avalanche of inconvertible scrip.
That is another affliction the people
The gold standard Is to be retained
nnd the 70,000,000 people of the United
States will keep monetary company
with the civilized nations of the earth,
nnd will not herd with Asiatics and
The fears of a change hnvlng been
dispelled by Tuesday's triumphant
vote, prosperity will return in blpsthe
country. Capital, no longer timid, will
emerve from its hiding places nnd give
employment to the eager hand of la
bor. "The whirling spindles nnd the
turning wheels" which have been mo
t!onl: so long will cease to be still.
. The people of Ihe United States have
voted that the partial paralysis of busi
ness of the last few months shall not
be succeeded by a panic, but by an
outburst of industrial uctivlty. The
voters have touched the button and
capital and labor will do the rest.
llad Bryan been elected Wednesday
would have been the first day of the
worst and longest panic this country
has ever known.
The supreme court has been sus
tained. ' Tho people have voted that it
is not to be packed, so us to be the pli
ant instrument of conspirators against
th peace and honor of the nation.
The doctrine, established on the field
of battle, that the general government
can enforce its own laws within a state
has been reaffirmed at the ballot box,
and will need no further affirmation.
A decisive verdict has been returned
against Debslsm und Altgeldlsm. Gov
ernment by law is to remain, and is
not to be replaced by government by
riot. A president is to outrank n gov
ernor, even though his name is Altgeld.
The people have voted not to elect
n president who will not protect inter
state commerce nnd travel, nnd the
transportation of the malls when In
terfered with by mobs or revolutionists.
Tho latter would have governed with
Bryan in the white house.
The malignant efforts of despicable
agitators to array one section of the
country and one part of the community
against another have been foiled by
a great uprising of the indignant
The attempt to inilame the passions
of men, to incite employes to war
against employers, to create the belief
that the Interests of rich and poor are
not tHe same, and to foster the spirit
oi class hatred, has been thwarted.
The seeds of socialism 'and anarchy,
sown so industriously (luring this cam
paign, have been not allowed to germi
The voto of November 3 has swept
from the sky the black clouds that
have shrouded it so long. True to them
selves on this as on all previous oc
casions, the American people have
spurned the counsels of the demngogue
und the swindler and have voted to
keep their proud name untarnished.
The sun, as it rose Wednesday morn
ing, shone upon n lund from which all
apprehensions of disaster and disorder
ihnd been banished. The good old
days when there was work for all, nnd
when that work was paid for in good
money, are to return. Exit Bryan,
enter prosperity! Chicago Tribune.
A TRIUMPH OF BUSINESS.
The Way Opened for Commercial and In
It was the triumph of business.
If on the one side strenuous appeals
j were made to the sentiments of honor
"HERE WE ARE AGAIN!"
A Mighty Sound, and Full of Glee
"Sound Money Has the Victory 1" .
nnd loyalty to the flag, there were even
more impassioned appeals on the other
to the sentiments of humanity and fra
ternity in behalf of an exalted patriot
There is no need now to discuss th
various flnanclnl theories which were
tlirashed over until they became a
weariness to the flesh. It is quite im- '- .
mnterial, so far as, cause and effect i
concerned, whether the business world -Ti,f?-,
was in all respects right or.not. It if
enough that it saw ruin on the one
hand and the return of prosperity on
the other. When great merchants and
great manufacturers who have sup
ported the democratic party in the past
declared that their interest could be ,
safeguarded only by the election of'
a republican president the declara
tion struck home with more force ' '
than all the campaign speeches. ' -",,
When it was noised nbout here and
there that such nnd such a house, op
pressed by four years of hard times, '.
was clinging desperately to the hope ' '
that McKinley might win, and staking ' , .
its all on that hope, every man who heard
the rumor felt the chill of impending
failure and the need of a long pull, a
strong pull, and a pull all together.
When affrighted capital told of its
hoards of gold that were to be forth
coming when the silver heresy was laid
to rest, of the investments that were to
be made, of the enterprises that were to
be started, the public jumped at the
promise, for it knew that investment is
by capital, not by silver-tongued ora
tors. When employers of labor assert
ed that a democratic triumph would
close their factories and keep them '
closed und that a republican triumph
would mean increased activity and the . "
renewed employment of thousands of
idle men many a wugeworker felt that
a vote for McKinley was a vote for home
and family. Chicago Journal.
It'i a Landslide.
The year 1894 is repeating itself in
1800, only more so. From the forests of
Maine to the utmost border west and
bouth come tidings of great joy, and
the hearts of the people, not republic
ans alone, are glad with a mighty glad
ness which recalls the fall of itich
mond. Sound money, protection and
prosperity have won a triumph so com
plete as to render certain such legis
lation by congress as the wisdom of
statesmanship shall dictate. Not only
is the whole country filled with re
joicing, but the civilized world has
heard with infinite relief and satisfac
tion that the great ship of state in
what is really the greatest nation on.
rarth has righted up and is out of dan
ger from the tempest of repudiation!
Our prosperity is thJr prosperity.
Never before did Europe realize as
it has during the past few months the
interdependence of the two continents
Chicago Inter Ocean.
It was a sweeping victory for sound;'
money and an overwhelming defeat
for sound only. The great silver truitf ;
has been given its deathblow by thei'
great popular distrust. Chic
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