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VOTE AGAINST CARVILLE D. BENSON-FRIEND OF THE WETS
The reciprocity bill was so drawn as to lower or take off rates on farm
products, but not on most important manufactured goods. It was drawn
in the interest of the manufacturers, and was opposed by the insurgents
of the period for its supposed neglect of the farmers’ interests.
The Tariff Board was a Republican means of obtaining “scientific”
treatment of the tariff question—in other words, of preventing the slash
ing of rates without long investigation. It was in reality an anchor to
leeward for the Payne-Aldrich rates.
On both measures Cox voted with the Taft Republicans. He voted
for a special order for the bill providing for Canadian reciprocity, against
recommitting the bill, and in favor of the bill itself (February 14, 1911;
C. R., 2562, 2563.
On the Tariff Board he voted with the Republicans and the Under
wood Democrats against striking out the enacting clause (January 1,
1911; C. R., 1696). He voted for the James amendment providing for
the election of two members of the board by the minority members of
Congress, for limiting expenditures in any one year to $500,000, and,
again with the Republicans, in favor of the bill (C. R., 1699, 1702, 1709).
During the Sixty-second Congress the Democrats, in control of both
houses, passed a series of tariff-reduction bills, knowing perfectly well
that President Taft would veto them all.
Cox voted for the farmers’ free-list bill (May 8, 1911; C. R., 1121)
and for its passage over the veto (August 18, 1911; C. R., 4174).
When the cotton and woolen tariffs were under consideration he voted
with the other Democrats against recommitting them with instructions ro
await action until the Tariff Board should have reported (August 3 and
June 20, 1911; C. R., 3583 and 2355), although he had voted to establish
the Tariff Board.
Mann proposed a motion returning to the Senate amendments adding
steel, chemicals and minerals to the cotton bill, with the statement that
such addition contravenes the Constitution. Cox voted yea (August 18,
1911; C. R., 4175). Three days later the question of concurring in these
amendments arose. Cox voted present (August 21, 1911; C. R., 4351).
He finally voted- for both the cotton and the woolen bill (August 3 and
June 20, 1911; C. R., 3584 and 2356).
During the second session of the Sixty-second Congress Cox was
apparently absent a good deal, and was recorded as not voting on the
chemical bill, extending over a period of five months; on the metal sched
ule, on an amendment providing $225,000 for the use of the Tariff Board,
and on four out of six votes on the wool bill.
He voted, however, for the repeal of the sugar duties (March 15,
1912; C. R., 3457), and for the wool bill (April 1, 1912; C. R., 4141).
Cox on Military Affairs
Cox’s record on army and navy questions is brief and inconclusive.
The following are his only votes:
On January 11, 1910, he voted against the army appropriation bill
(C. R., 510).
On April 8, 1910, he voted against recommitting the naval bill with
instructions to cut two battleships to one (C. R., 4444).
A similar motion was made in the next year’s naval bill. Cox again
voted nay (February 22, 1911; C. R., 3125).
On February 16, 1912, he voted for an amendment to the army bill
cutting the cavalry to 10 regiments, and for the Hay amendment raising
the term of enlistment from three to five years (C. R., 2143, 2144).
Miscellaneous Votes
A number of votes on more or less unrelated matters serve to give
some indication of Cox’s position, though, of course, they are affected
by partisan considerations.
He voted against establishing the Commerce Court (May 10, 1910;
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C. R., 6032), which was calculated to take away a good deal of the power
of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
He voted against the investigation of the sale of the Philippine friar
lands (April 14, 1910; C. R., 4670), on the statement of the chairman of
the Committee on Insular Affairs that the Secretary of War had already
forwarded all the information called for by the resolution. Two weeks
later, however, an amended resolution for investigation was introduced
and Cox voted for it (C. R., 5512). He did not vote on the Philippine
land question in 1912 (May 8, 15 and 22; C. R., 6074, 6513, 6976).
He voted for the postal savings bill (June 9, 1910; C. R., 7768).
On February 24, 1912, he did not vote on the resolution for the money
trust investigation (C. R., 2418) ; but on April 25 he voted for it (C. R.,
5345)- (See also under Cox and the Machine .)
He voted for an excise tax on incomes above SSOOO (March 19, 1912;
C. R., 3637).
He voted against exempting United States ships from Panama Canal
tolls (May 23, 1912; C. R., 7019) and in favor of prohibiting railroad
companies from operating ships through the canal (C. R., 7021).
Two important measures on which he was recorded as not voting are
the anti-injunction bill (May 14, 1912; C. R., 6470) and the Burnett
immigration bill (December 18, 1912; C. R., 864).
Summary
A record of four years in the House of Representatives furnishes
only unsatisfactory material for a judgment of Cox. So far as it goes, it
shows him an able and active politician, quick to see what measures and
policies promise him advantage, and prompt to urge such measures.
His speeches give no special evidence of intellectual power, and his
votes, notably on the tariff, no indication of proceeding from any par
ticular principles strongly held.
On the other hand, his votes, whether proceeding from native sym
pathy or from considerations of political expediency, have, in general,
been of the progressive rather than the stand-pat variety, and favorable
to Government economy in small affairs, combined with lavishness in
pensions and like matters.
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livered, if 6 cases are ordered:
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Hand-packed Peaches, gal. cans, 6 in ease 6.00 ea.
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Combination Com & Tomatoes, No. 2 cans, 24
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All can* sterilized in live steam before packing
Mrs. A. L. Harris
Howell’s Point Farm
BETTERTON, MD.
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