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THE BELDING BANNER
E. B. LATHAM, C. U. COWDIN. Kdltor lluslnesn Manager THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 1896. ui:iuiiLicAN Ticiiirr. NATIONAL. For President WILLIAM McKINLKY, of Ohio. For Vice President UAUUKTT A. 1IOUART, of New Jersey. CONQRE83IONAL. For Member of JonKrens Fifth District WILLIAM ALDKN SMITH, of Kent. 8TATE. For Governor HAZKN 8. PINC1UEE, of Wayne. For Lieutenant Governor THOMAS H. DUNSTON, of Marquette. For Secretary of Stute WASHINGTON GARDNER, of Calhoun. For State Treasurer GEORGE A. STEEL, of Clinton. For Auditor General ROSCO D. D1X, of Berrien. For Attorney General FRED A. MAYNARD, of Kent For Commissioner of State Land Otflee WILLIAM A. FRENCH, of Presque Isle. For Supt. of Public Instruction J. K. HAMMOND, of Hillsdale. For Member of State Hoard of Education J. W. SIMMONS, of Shiawassee. COUNTY. For Judjre of Probate Git A NT M. MORSE, of Portland. For Sheriff NATHAN F. GOULD, of Hoston. For Clerk . FRED CUTLER, JR., of Ionia City. For Reptster of Deeds CHARLES I.GOODWIN, of Orange. For Treasurer MYRON M. CURRIER, of Easton, For Prosecuting Attorney JOHN H. CHADDOCK. of Ionia City. For Circuit Court Commissioners WILLIAM K. CLUTE, of Ionia City. FRED L. WILLIAMS, of Ionia City. For Surveyor DAVID C. CRAWFORD, of Ionia City. For Coroners PLYN WILLIAMS, of Ionia City. JOSEPH A. LOCHER, of Uerlin. LEGISLATIVE. For State Senator, Eighteenth District. EDGAR S. WAGAR, of Kdmore. For Representative, Western District LKROY A. SCOVILLE, of Campbell. Next Tuesday there is to bo deter mined the result of the most notable and stubbornly contested political cam paign in the history of this country. It is a matter of regret that some bad blood has been engendered and that party feeling runs higher than it should where there is sought the proper solu tion of a great economic question. But it is a fundamental and unalterable principle of the American people to acquiesce in the will of the majority. Be the outcome of the contest what It may the loyalty of the masses will up hold the hands of the government and once more rebuke those who confuse the duties of tho patriot with the in nate desire of the calamity howler. Should all present indications bo falsi fied by tho election of Mr. Bryan, he will bo accepted by those who have conscientiously tried to comjwiss his defeat, and if, as we confidently expect it will, prove to bo Major McKlnley, we believe our friends on tho other side will do the same and whlchover way it goes tho ono chosen will bo tho president of all tho people. Tho Democratic free silvcrits have had a couple of speakers here during the past week who wero talkers and made the best speeches of the kind, of any that have advocated their cause during the campaign not excepting Bryan himself. Joseph Holman, of Rochester, Mich., a lawyer, and V. II. Claggett of Boise City, Idaho, the for mer an old greenback orator and the latter an out and out populist; he was advertised as a senator but ne never served. They followed along about tho same line of argument used by all free colnagers, clothing it in fine languago and well rounded sentences, stopping with half truths when necessary to make their points. But stripped of all its glittering verbiage wo failed to dis cover wherein their theory if carried out would excel! in any particular our present system of finance or bring re lief to the laboring classes. Our money system is good enough as it Is and should not be disturbed. There has never ccn a time in any political campaign when Republicans should stand together and upon whom rests such weighty responsibilities with reference to concentrating strength at the polls in order to produce good results as at tho present. It is the duty of every memlwr of the party if he Is ardently devoted to tho best Inter ests of his state and country to make the best of the few remaining days bo foro election in advocating the election of Hazen S. l'ingree for Governor and Win. McKlnley for President. Every Republican on entering tho booth should fully resolve to vote a straight ticket from top to bottom. There should bo no splitting of tickets this year. When Candidate Bryan started out he Insisted on buying his railroad tickets himself and riding in the ordi nary railway coach. It was not long until ho discarded the common coach for the Pullman car. Then he accept ed tho use of a private car, and now he lias reached the stage of traveling, not only In private car, but by special train. He will have a little consola tion after November 3 to know that ho had a good time at tho expense of some one. Tho people arc not in a humor to vote for a panic this year. And Mr. Bryan says panic would prevail for a tlmo after tho change to silver. Local sllverltes are not saying much about coercion theso days. THAT DESCRIBES THE ESTABROOK MEETING. The lwrade W ft Magnificent Night with IHuiuliinted lleyclen, Fireworks, Hun dred of Torches, Wlllle'a Private Car the "Idler," Ktc Mr. Kat&ttrook score the PopulUtlo Democracy to a I InUli and waa Kuthualantlcally Received. The Beldlng-IIall Auditorium meet ing Saturday night addressed by Henry Dodge Kstabrook of Chicago capped the climax of any political meeting jet held In tho city. . It was a clever ttroko of diplomacy in securing tho talented orator to appear before a Bold lug aud ience when so many of tho largo cities of tho state would have tumbled over each other in a scramblo to have had him as their honored guest and orator. Ho held the largo audience, much larger than that assembled at tho Cummins meeting, for two and one half hours with his matchless oratory, wit and logic, and when he was about to close they wero so eager to still lis ten to him that cries of "Go on I Goon!" were heard all over the hall. Largo delegations wero present from Portland, Ionia and Greenville by special train and tho street parade, though perhaps not so largo as the former one, was equally as resplendent. Tho fireworks wero magnificent. The Belding bicycle club under direction of W. II. Ricaby with their gaily bedeck ed wheels, each carrying Chinese lan terns, leading the parade headed by the K. I'. band was a marked feature of the occasion. But the greatest hit of all wa9 the old Belding horse car attached to a traction engine as a take off on Bryan's tour. It was labeled, "Willie's private car 'The Idler.'" "Tho price of wheat Is tho price of silver. Nit." "This car stops at Greenville 10 minutes, $125; at Ionia 30minutes,$140; at Belding -0 minutes. $50. Hummer pays the freight." 44 'Coercion.' That shoo is on the other foot and its worn in Belding." A colored porter occupied the ear. Numerous transparencies wero borne in the parade, amongthem being: ''Every tenement vacant now was crowded in 1892." "No classes in this; all masses." "McKlnley, tho statesman; not Bryan, tho boy." "Our motto Is not, down with the rich, but up with the poor.' "When money is active labor is active." 4 'Our speakers as advertised." "That scare circular did not scare." "Keene may bo solid for Bricker; Belding is solid for Scoville." McKlnley badges wero distributed by tho thousands and they were very much in evidence throughout tho laryc crowd. At eight o'clock B. F. Hall called the meeting to order and after a song by the gleo club which rendered one of R. A.AVilder's new productions to the tune of the "Bold fisherman" (Wild applause). Mr. Kstabrook was intro duced and the welcome that greeted him was deafening in its applause as was also his closing sentence in his speech. In part he spoke as follows: Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow citizens, this is an inspiring sight in one respect and very disheartening in another. It Is inspiring to see so many American citizens willing to come to gether to listen patiently and carefully to the discussions of the great pro blems which confront us as a people and on the correct solution of whic h depend the futuro happiness and wel fare of this nation. But it is disheart ening when we refiect that this mag nificent building designed originally for a factory can find no better uso to bo put to now days than the holding of just such meetings I was informed by Mr. Hall that this factory was erected in 188 1 and run to its lullest capacity until IS!).' when something struck Hall Bros. Well something struck all of us about that time and it is encouraging to know that what struck them and what struck us all was the blunder of 18'J.l and not the crime of 1873. But my friends there is no great loss without some small gain. Nobody can accuse the laborers working in this factory of being coerced. 1 seo that you have Mr. Bryan's private car, "Tho Idler" in your parade; that is a significant word, that word "idler." Bryan ex pects to rido Into tho presidency by tho help of such citizens of this coun try, men who expect something for nothing; but he will never get there by tho help of those who expect to work for what they get. Speaking of Mr. Bryan's appeal for support ho said: And ho expects to 00 elected. Not on any plank in any platform on which ho stands or teeters for their is only ono plank in the whole pile of cull lumber which he dares to mention but on a plank peculiarly his own. About the tlmo of his nomination he pub lished a card assorting, in so many words, that this was to bo a struggle letween tho rich and tho poor, between tho masses and tho classes, ajid that on that issue tho Democratic ticket would carry every state in tho union. Ho forgot, perhaps, that Maine and Ver mont are still in the union. But if that statement is true, if the approach ing election is to be a contest between tho rich and tho poor, all thooor ro plo voting for Bryan and only tho rich people, or plutocrats, as he calls them, voting for his opponent, why, Mr. Bry an's election, like his nomination, is a foregone conclusion. According to that test I ought to be ono of his most enthusiastic and vociferous supporters. But why should this bo a warfare be tween tho rieh and tho poor, unless by harming the rich wo can somehow benefit tho poor? If to deprive the rich man of his luxuries is to rob tin? poor man of his necessitiesthat would 1)0 a fool's re venire. The fellow who cut off his nose to spite his face was a cheerful, sagacious Idiot compared wiin the preacher 01 such a uoctrine. Or, conceding that such a contest U j inevitable, what special claim has Mr, ! Bryan to tho sufivages of tho poor? i it because ho promises that instantly upon his election all poverty wlllceacV Mr. Bryan Is a very promising young man, but ho never promised that. Jn his New York speech ho distinctly as serts that tho )oor wo will have always with us, and there Is nothing alluring in that statement. Tho only practical tangible suggestion that ho has thus far made for tho betterment of his con stituents was his casual reference to postolliees, and tho truly Jacksonian distribution which ho proposed to make of them. But tho demand for po.st otllces, compared with the supply, is us 10 to 1, and tho syndicate will tolerate no rival in the free coinage of post olliees. So there is, after all, but little encouragement in that suggestion. Is it because, being a poor man him self, ho is more in sympathy with tho toilers of America than his older, wiser and more experienced opponent? But sympathy is not what the poor man hankers for, after all. Ho wants work to do, and money as honest as the sweat ho gives for it. The most sym pathetic friend I know of is tho honest dollar. Moreover, I have learned to bo skeptical of a man who is forever prating of his affection for me, and when 1 pick up a volume labeled "Eleven Great Speeches of Wm. .). Bryan, the Champion of tho People," or go out into tho country and lohold llaring posters announcing tho coming of Wm. J. Bryan, "tho friend of the common people" (just as if Wm. J, Bryan was a circus and perhaps he is), why, I am Inclined lo say, us Shakespeio would sav: 'The gentle man protests too much, methinks." For we know that there is scarcely a man of means In all America today who does not look back upon a youth of poverty and struggle. Were the hearts of those men hardened in the struggle? I don't believe it. Have they turned traitors to a country which yielded them their opportunity. I don't believe it. Did they graduate out of one class into another class of citizenship? No; for this country has but one class of citizenship, and evet v mother's sou of us belongs to it. On tho platform adopted at Chicago ho said: Mr. Bryan says he stands with both feet on tho Chicago platform, just as the boy stood on tho burning deek "whence all but him had lied." Why, in the event of his electicn ho could not select, from the Democratic follow ing still left to him, a cabinet that would refiect the common sense of the American people, much less the genius and statesmanship of this great nation. This fact of itself should make us pause; for surely the more honest and sincere a voter is in his advocacy of free coinage, tho more he must hesitate to commit his darling theory to the keeping of those who, by education, temperament and experience are un fitted to control the revolution which they say is imminent, and which every declaration of their platform assures us will be radical and far-reaching. But the Chicago platform lays spec ial stress ou its financial plank and as&erts that the free coinage of silver is the paramount issue of the campaign. That may be, for it is always bewilder ing to choose between evils. The plank attacksng the federal judiciary simply means anarchy and disruption, while the free silver plank means bankruptcy and dishonor a difference, you observe between twcedledeo ana tweedledum. This plank demands the free and unlimited coinage of silver at the ratio of Hi lo 1, "without waiting for tho aid or consent of any other na tion on earth" excuse me! The words "on earth" are usually appended by Mr. Bryan in his speeches, not because the sun, moon and stars have anything to do with the case, but because the added words breathe a sort of noble defiance to all things terrestrial, which sounds heroic, but A'hich you and I know is only idiotic. But why do they want tho unlimited coinage of silver at this particular ratio? The answers to the questions are various. Mrs. Lease, for instance, says she wants a dollar that will stay at home. Just so; and I have heard It intimated that this quality is equally desirable in a woman. However, Mrs. Lease's want is the only one which could possibly be gratified Free coin age would give us dollars that would certainly stay at home, and for the very good reason that we couldn't get rid of them. Moreover we would have nothing else to do but sit around and admire their staying qualities. Lycur gus, you remember, coined iron money in Sparta just to discourage the extrav agance of tho people, and it had the desired effect. Spartan broth three times a day, was considered an extrav agant menu in tho homes of tho people after the. government forced on them a money that would do nothing else but stay at homo. There is such a thing as having money todomesticated, and at this blessed moment wo have thousands of tons tons, mind you of silver dol lars in the vaults of our treasury that are pretty good stayers just as they are. After explaining the free coinage heresy and quoted from MeCauky's history to show that it had been a failure wherever tried, he closed his speech in the following eloquent lan guage: The people are for McKinley. It was they who nominated him. and as I have faith in their sanity so I declare to you that in the name of the people, whose voice, like the voice of a catar act, yoes up for him; whoso love, like a gloriying influence, goes out to him; in the name of the republic, for whose sake upon many a battlefield ho offered to die, but for whose sake the Almighty commanded him to live; in the name of the Republican parly, guardian of this republic tho party which made it and saved it, and is jet to briny it fort h tho most glorious product of man's etfort and God's providence, the only party which comprehends the insuper able distinction between true Democra cy and utter anarchy, the hope of America, as America is the hope and beacon of tho world in the name of that party whose foremost champion he is, the next president of the United States will be William MeKinlej of Ohio. After "Senator" Clagget's speech Monday night our free sliver officials in order to boom their cause reported that H. J. Bowen had been converted by the "convincing" arguments to free silver. Mr. Bowen as soon as he heard th rumor put his seal of condemna tion on the roorback. The American Hag has played a very important part in this campaign. It has been displayed on many a housetop, In business houses, on public buildings, at pole raisings, and in Republican meetings, acting as a talisman, direct ing tho nations thought to tho preser vation of national honor, and now it is proposed by tho chairman of the national Republican committee to ob serve Saturday, October 31st, as flag day and ho urges upon all Republicans aud honest money advocates through out tho nation to tly tho colors on that day. Let tho flag bo raised. Candidate Bryan said to a Tennessee audience tho other day: "I know a little about the banking business, and will know more when I get my dividend on tho amount I had deposited when tho bank failed." This reminds an officer of the defunct institution that when tho bank failed it held $73.0i of Mr. Bryan's money and his promissory note for $1,000. Tho bank has never paid tho deposit, and Mr. Bryan has never paid the note, yet ho thinks he got tho worst of t ho deal. .las. H. Keeney, of this city, was an old neighbor and intimate friend of Thos. Garfield, brother of tho martyred president, and wroto him in regard to tho report that ho had left the Repub licau party and gone oyer to Bryan. Tho answer camo back immediately that the report was a fraud. Tho Detroit Tribune, although a rabid free silver advocate, Is able to read the signs of the times and says: 'It must be admitted that from sur face Indications McKlnley's star is very much in tho ascendant." About seventy-five silverites went to Ionia last evening but tho principal speaker advertised was not there. Somehow Democratic promises have a habit of nearly always falling, don't they. Tho election of tho ticket should not bo left to the candidates, nor to the committees. Every man who loves the cause shouid help what he can. How gladly would tho people ex change the conditions of today for tho condition of 1S!)2. Free trade did not redeem a single promise made for It. Free silver will do no better. Let no Republican split his ticket. Vote it straight. tJertric ItltterH. 1 Electric Bitters is a medicine suited for any season, but icrhaps more gen erally needed In the spring, when the languid exhausted feeling prevails, when the liver is torpid and sluggish aud the need of a tonic and alterative Is felt. A prompt use of this medicine has often averted long and perhaps l.ii: ,. .. v . i ! : ...in i.iuu uiiiuu9 icvers. iu iiieuicuiu win act more surely in counteracting and freeing tho system from the malarial poison. Headache, Indigestion, con stipation, dizziness yield to Electric Bitters. Fifty cents and $1.00 per bot tle at Holmes & Connell s drug 6tore. 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