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Published weekly by th Coxnrctictt Citizen Association, of Rlugenld, Connecticut, on every 8 a turd ay. Address all communications to Lock Hox .'..'), RidgeAeld, Conn. Terms : $1.00 a year, payable in advance; aingte copies, it cents. Circulation guaranteed at 1,000 a week. Advertising Rates. I 1 week, Kncti fuceessive werk, ' 1 inch f $'.50 1 $ i" "" finches .o I .15 lUnche V T.00" I .M' i cot. i 3.50 i l'col. " 4.75 "J -i-a Democratic Nominations For President, Grover Cleveland, Of New York. For I ' ice-P res i den t, Adlai . Stevenson, Of Illinois. ELECTORS AT LARGE. E. C. Benedict, of Greenwich. E. K. Hubbard, of Middletown. 1st Dist. Wilbur B. Foster, Vernon. 2(1 ' Emsha Lea vex worth, Water bury. .11 ' Thomas Mablow. Brooklyn. 4th " -David M. Head, Bridgeport. FOR CONGRESS. 4 tit Dist. Robert E. DForest. Bridge port. S PATE T1CKBT. Governor. Lrzox B; Morris, New Haven. Lieutenant-GoVernor, Ernest Cady, Hartford. Secretary of State, John J. Phelan, Bridgeport, Treasurer, Marvin H. Sanger, Canterbury. Comptroller, Nicholas Staub, New Milford. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1K92. OUR OBJECT. With this issue The Cowixtkxt Citizen begins its battle on behalf ot the farmers, mechanics and labor ing classqfrof Western Connecticut in favor dy lower tariff taxation, purer politics ami just state representation. Its aims are not mercenary and it will consider the expense of publica tion well invested if it succeeds in con vincing its readers of the truth and correctnes's of the doctrines it advo cates. Many of our citizens are labor ing under a misapprehension of facts regarding the issues involved in the approaching election, and The C itizen proposes to show them the true state of the facts, feeling assured that if these are correctly understood, there will be a tremendous revolt against the leaders of the Republican party in its own ranks. We instance the conver sion of Judges Gresham and Cooley and Mr. MacVeagh set forth in another column. The farmers are finding it- harder than ever to make a living and the mechanics are no better off than they were four years ago, in spite of the promises of the Republican party. The Citizen proposes to explain why k this is so. lt intends to present to the citizens of "Ridgefield and the neighboring towns the burning political questions of to-day from the standpoint of I heir own interests and welfare and ii en couraged in its efforts by the support of the Cleveland and Stevenson Cam paign Club of Ridgefield. ft- It will attempt to give the whole truth and will not hesitate to .ill a spade a spade. It believes that pro tection of the classes is a robbw7 f the masses and does not 'hesi tate to say so. It prints to-day .'what some leading Republicans said of the tariff question before the Rept'o ican party was forced to breed millionaires to furnish fat for their campaign ... A i ' It invites ( '.MV.ii.iriV-ii.ions fromVery fair-minded citizen and will encour ag my open discussion of, political qu .-n.,"'. It most especially invites attent. .-.i to the correspondence in an other column, which shows the desire of th'leveland and Stevenspn club U'Tiave a joint debate m Ridfetiekl on the tariff question and State issues. It aims to secure not only the sup port of all INfflocrats. but of all tl '..ink ing men whose titienl opinions are based on facts and ltoio. and while it does not despairof inlluVu ingthe n.ost determined Republican it 'nr es more especially to reach the younger men who are yet open to convicnon, and is confident that it can preseir. to them facts and logic that will convince them of the wisdom and soundness of the Democratic principles of to-uay. YOUNG MKN IX POLITICS The renomination of Gov. RusHeil, last week, gives an instructive md encouraging lesson to all young n en of brains and property, who are inter ested in their country's politics for their country's good. Less than a decade ago a number of the you'ng democrats of Massachusetts chose W:m. E. Russell as their standard beatej and nominated him as the candid;; te for governor of the state. They then formed a state organization and com menced a campaign ofeducation. They defined clearly the issues at stake and by means of club;; bv the distribution of literature bv speeches and joint debates went on vigorou ;lv in their work of eleating the politics of the state and making convert; to their way of thinking. Their cxndi date was defeated, but nothing dauat ed they strengthened and enlaned their organization-and for a second, time nominated Mr. Russell. Again he was defeated but by such a re duced majority that it became' evicUnt to the minds of all thai their work vas producing the desired effect. Si-xe then Gov. Russell has been twice non mated and twice elected by increas ing majorities, and the vital question which now interests Massachusetts and the whole country, is not whether he will win the rubber and be re-elected, but whether hi? name and the princi ples which he and his faithful followers have so valiantly advocated will swincr the electoral vole of Massachusetts into the Democratic column for tV first time since the last war. Connecticut can be won in this same.: manner. There are presented to t.ie j voters of this State to-day Lsues of the greatest importance pertaining to both the nation and the commonwealth. Burning questions affecting the liber ties, the morals and the welfare of our people ! Questions that ought to arouse the interest and the energies of every intelligent, and public-spirited man who is patriotic and humane ! Our system of misrepresentation, our antiquated constitution, the improper use of money in elections, the tco nornic welfare of our state and of its citizens as affected by the present tariff, the removal of our manufac tories to the West to obtain cheaper coal and iron than can be had in Con necticut under the McKinley tariff, the depreciation of farm values, the abandonment of farming lands, 'die depopulation of our rural districts, and the increasing number of farmers' wives in our insane asylums, all cry out to the disinterested patriotic and humane thinkers of both parties for remedial legislation. We have not so great a majority to overcome as existed in Massachusetts when Gov. RusselJ first became their standard bearer, but success will be full as difficult for the reason that Connecticut is known to be such a close state, which leads to the sending of large sums of money to the State from outside sources to carrv the election in the interests of those wiiose pockets are protected by the present condition of our laws. but success is possible, for truth will prevail in the end. We urge the young men of Connie ticr.t to arouse. Lear in mind what has been done in the old Hay State, cast aside all self-seeking and personal interests, and band together for purer politics, for better laws, for statesman like rulers, and for the1 tood of 'our errand old Commonwealth. n THE TIDAL WAVE. Tiie independent men of brains are yielding to the logic of events and becoming Democrats We proudly chronicle the conversion of Judge Gresham who was a Union generjj in the late war. and was Postmaster General under President Arthur, and came near being the Re publican nominee for President in iSS.S, and who is considered the ablest United States judge in the West ; of Judge Cooley, who is the best authority on United States Constitutional law, and was appointed by Pres. Harrison chairman of the Inter-state Commerce Commis sion ; if Wayne MacVeagh who was United States Attorney-general under Garfield ; and of Henry A. Meyer the Republican ex-mayor of Brooklyn, and others of lesser note. Among the summer residents of Ridgefield such men as James Morris, Geo. N. Olcott, Jr., Henry E. Hawley, John G. Perry, M. D., J. M. Crafts, J. M. Andreini,Bache McE. Emmett, M. D., and Geo. W. Riggs. all of whom lnwe been Republicans are now honorary members of the C. ..V S. Campaign Club and will vote for Cleveland. Can the Republicans show a single convert comparable to these? The lor.de of events is inexorable and irresistable and this year it is Democratic. Such men as we have just named are now rising to the sur face, many quieter Republicans will fellow their lead and together with the solid impetus of Democratic unity and enthusiasm bid fair to form a tidal wave that will sweep over any Chinese wall of protection and boodle the Republicans can rear, and carry Mr. Cleveland far over their heads into the White House by the grandest majority given any President in this generation. When the waters subside the Republican monopolists will be found dead and rotting in the slime of their own corruption DASTARDLY POLITICS. Just us this edition goes to press we are informed that the halyards of the Cleve land and Stevenson banner whose raising by the Titicus boys we have descrbed on our first page- have been cut and two United Slates flags on the poles stolen. The parties who did this despicable act are known, and it is sufficient for the present to say that they were not irrps ponsible boys. Such actions will prove a boomerang to the guilty parties and the cause they attempt to represent . Honest citizens will repudiate such deeds by their votes. RECENT CONVERTS. HON. WALTER Q. GRESHAM. Judge Gresham cannot, with propriety, write a politiical opinion from the bench, but has unequivocally declared him self to several reporters in favor of Cleveland ami Stevenson. He has been a dissenter from the new Re publican creed of "protection" for some time. He could not accept the nomination of the "Peoples' Party" be cause of their foolish money planks, and his knightly courageous and impartial character has compelled him to declare his honest convictions, regardless of con sequences. He has recently expressed himself against monopoly and class legisla tion and stated his belief that the Re publicans favored both, and to maintain them, and to continue their power have corrupted and debased the country. His conversion almost assures Indiana to the Democrats, where his famous "dinner pail decision" against Jay Gould has given him a large following. HON. THOMAS M. COOLEY. Kx-judgp Cooley is quite ill and unable to write letters or see reporters but his friends announce his adherence to the Democratic party. The reason ma be inferred from the quotation out of his great work on "Constitutional limita tions" which we publish on the first pace. . HON. WAYNE Mac VEAGH. Mr. Wayne MacVeagh is not hampered by judicial position or kept in enforced silence by illness. In a letter written on Oct. 4 to the Secretary of the Massachu setts Reform Club he expresses his inten tion to vote for Mr. Cleveland and says: The average voter knows that free trade is impossible in this country, for the con clusive reason that the vast revenues now required to meet the expenses of the gov ernment will necessarily afford a far high er degree of protection to our established and prosperous manufactures than either Alexander Hamilton or Henry Clay thought desirable in the infancy of our weak and struggling industries. On the other hand, he knows as well that no system of duties on imports, however inequitable, can prevent our continued growth in wealth, in manufactures and in population, a growth due to the incom parable gifts of Providence, the intelli gence and energy of the people, and the blessings of free institutions. I find myself at present in general accord with the Democratic party, and willing to trust its course in the future. The in sight, the courage, and the patriotism the masses of the party exhibited in conipel ing the nomination of Mr. Cleveland when he was without a single office holder to support his candidacy seem to me to de mand that I should meet them in the same spirit and act with them as Jong as thev maintain that high standard of policy and of administration. It is the more easy to do so because the Republican party at once embarked upon what I regard ns a reckless and revolutionary policv, even overturning all the safeguards of 'legisla tion in the house of representatives in their haste to pass the Force bill and the McKinley bill, both, to my mind, unnec essary and unwise measasu'res. There is no pretense that the McKinley bill is abandoned. No doubt it greatly benefited a few interests, but cer tainly it greatly oppressed many others. Of the protected industries themselves, many were then, as now. in far more urgent need of free raw materials than of higher protection, but with raw materials on the free list the bill could not have