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Fallacies of Professor Wilson's Argu
ment and of Democratic Free
Trade Exposed by Facts
American Farmers Have
Alway Benefited by a
Protectee Tariff.
The Democratic Tariff bill,
J courageously vetoed by President
.A vote for President Taft and
Z the Republican ticket Is the safe- J
guard of the farmer against the
entry Into the United States, duty J
free, of the products of the great
fields of Canada and other grain-
J growing countries.
Professor Wilson is telling the far
mers over and over again, that they
have never been protected that they
do not need protection. Then in this
connection the professor adds: "Hut
everything you use on the farm, ev
erything that you wear, and a great
deal of what you eat, but do not pro
duce yourself, including meats, bears
a heavy duty, which brings about the
Interesting result that you are paying
for the wealth of the United States
and getting nothing, or equivalent to
w nothing, so far as the tariff is con
cerned. Now that hasn't just begun
to be true. It has always been true."
It is not true. The protective tariff
does benefit the farmers. American
farmers know this fact, and by their
votes have ' helped to maintain the
policy of protection. Without their
votes the party of protection could
not have won a single presidential
election Inithe last forty years. Have
the farmers been mistaken through
all these years? They have not. Has
protection been of no value to them?
It certainly has.
All history and all fact dispute the
academic free trade contention that
the farmer has no share in the "bene
fits of protection. In every period of
industrial depression, resulting from
the destruction of the tariff duties be
low the protective point, the farmers
of this country have been heavy
losers, because of diminished demand
and lower prices for their-products.
In the most recent period of Demo
cratic free trade legislation 1894-97
the farmers of the United States lost
fully five billion dollars in reduced
prices of farm products, and dimin
ished value of farm property. In
every period of restored protection
the farmers have reaped the benefits
of a greater demand and Increased
prices. There has been no exception
m to the rule of prosperity for American
farmers, when American labor is fully
Here are some proofs of that fact.
In a recent statement by Senator
Smoot printed in the Congressional
Record of August 26, 1912, it is shown
that in December, 1896, after two
years of free trade tariff revision un
der the Wilson law of 1894, the price
of corn was twenty-three cents a
bushel, while in December, 1911, after
fourteen years of restored protection,
the price of corn was sixty-nine cents
a bushel; or an advance over 1896 of
200 per cent.
Using 1896 as the basis of com
parison with December, 1911, it is
found that under a protective tariff:
Corn advanced 200 per cent
Wheat advanced 67 per cent.
Cotton advanced 28 per cent.
Oats advanced 166 per cent.
Rye advanced 137 per cent.
Barley advanced 308 per cent.
Hay advanced 138 per cent.
Hops advanced 286 per cent.
Potatoes advanced 282 per cent.
Flaxseed advanced 149 per cent.
Fat cattle advanced 62 per cent.
I Fat hogs advanced 96 per cent.
Dairy Butter advanced 86 per cent.
Eggs advanced 90 per cent.
While the price of farm products
has Increased, the price of articles
which the farmer purchases has not
Increased in proportion. He can buy
more today with the products of his
farm than he could in 1896. For ex
ample: Ten bushels of corn In 1911 paid for
125 pounds of sugar, and only 56
pounds In 1896.
Ten bushels of corn paid for 31
yards of bleached sheeting In 1911,
and only 13 yards In 1896.
Ten bushels of corn In 1911 paid for
two pairs of shoee and only one pair
V 1896.
Professor WTllson and other Demo
cratic speakers and writers assert
what Is abolutely untrue when they
tay, that the protective tariff robs,
and in no way benefits the American
farmer. As a matter of fact, there
Is probably no class of American pro
ducers whose share In the benefits of
protection In the past fifteen years,
has been so great as the share of the
American farmer.
If the farmers rightly understand
their Interests, they will rote against
the party of free trade. They will cast
qBIx million votes for President Taft
and Vice President Sherman and a
tontlnuatlon of the Republican policy
of protection,
The Disaster Which Threatened One
County In Connecticut Would
Have Been Experienced In
Almost Every County In
the United States.
Congressman K. J. Hill Is one of the
greatest, if not the greatest, tariff ex
perts in the United States. He rep
resents Fairfield county, Connecticut,
in congress, and he has recently pub
lished a startling document in which
he shows the effect the Democratic
tariff bills passed during the recent
session of congress and vetoed by
President Taft, would have had upon
these industries if enacted into law.
He. lists the factories In alphabetical
order and shows in connection with
each one Just the percentage, of re
duction In the duty upon the article
which it manufactures. The showing
fills four pages of a newspaper and It
has not only awakened Connecticut to
a shuddering realization of the dan
ger it has escaped, but it has aroused
all New England to the menace of a
Democratic victory.
Mr. Hill shows beyond question that
if these Democratic bills had passed
practically every industry in his dis
trict and in the entire state of Con
necticut would have been put upon
a free trade basis and a very large
proportion of them would have been
obliged to close their doors. Manu
facturers from all over the country
who have seen this exhibit are writ
ing to Mr. Hill to thank him for mak
ing It and to tell him that they had
no Idea how near to extinction they
had been. They had not realized the
deadly menace to their industries
which was hidden In the Democratic
tariff bills and they had not realized
the immeasurable debt they owe to
President Taft for vetoing them. One
correspondent from Delaware writes
that Congressman Hill's disclosures
had "set the state on fire,- and that
is hardly too strong a term to use to
describe th Intense interest aroustll.
Another article which has recently
appeared and which has produced al
most as startling an effect upon those
to whom It was immediately address
ed as that of Congressman Hill, is an
editorial in the "American Sheep
Breeder." This editorial calls atten
tion to the fact that neither Colonel
Roosevelt nor Professor Wilson made
any reply whatever when asked what
their attitude would be on the ques
tion of protection to the wool Indus
try, while President Taft answered by
wire, calling attention to his veto of
the wool bill and the expression of
opinion which he gave In that veto.
The editorial very properly draws
the Inference from the silence of the
Dull Moose and Democratic candidates
that the wool Industry need not hope
for any consideration at their hands,
and it quotes the message of President
Taft to show that he realizes the ab
solute necessity of protection In order
that the Industry may prosper, and
that so long as he Is in the White
House no free wool bill can become a
The "American Sheep Breeder"
goes to many thousand men engaged
in the sheep industry and it is not in
any sense a political newspaper. It
is devoted to the Interests of the
sheep Industry, however, and Its ex
pression of editorial opinion that
President Taft and the Republican
party alone can be trusted to safe
guard that Industry, can hardly fall
to concentrate upon the Republican
ticket the vote of all those vitally In
terested In that Industry.
The Democratic managers realize
the deep-seated distrust toward their
party which exists on account of Its
attitude on the tariff question and are
trying desperately to make it appear
that the tariff plank In their platform
does not really mean so very much.
They plead that the Democratic pro
gram would be to reduce the tariff
gradually so as not to disturb bml
ness, with the Idea that ultimately
the country could reach a free trn-V
basis by easy stages which Is II! e
the old story about gradually reduc
ing the feed which is given to your
horses until by dint of habit he learn?
to do without any feed at all.
But the country will not be doceh
ed. The country knows perfectly wr !
that, Democratic victory would mrf
a long period of tariff agitation v f
nothing certain except that In the '
bills would be passed under wVc
there would InevltaWy be enorm r
Importations of foreign products will
corresponding contraction and stnrni
tion of domestic trad and manufar
ture. The country did not fail to tafcr
note of the tariff revision bills passu r
by the present Democratic ronrres
under the boast that they did net cm
tain a line of protection. The rnnn
try knows that but for the cour;p
ous vetoes of President Taft ihrc
ruinous Democratic measures wotiM
now be on the statute-books and In .
all probability the Industries affected
by them would be languishing and
thousands of men out of work.
It is the knowledge of these fcts
that is responsible for the strong and
steady drift toward Taft that Is re
ported from all sections of the conn
try and that is the forecast of a
weeping Republican victory.
Democratic Candidate fcr President,
being summoned before the bar of the American people as a witness
for and in behalf of the Republican party, was examined and testified
a follows:
Question: Did you or did you not, in your History of the Ameri
can People, refer to the years 1893 to 1896, when the Democratic
party was in power, as "THOSE FATAL YEARS OF DEPRES
SION?" Answer: I did.
Question: Did you or did ycu not describe the terrible conditions
in those years in the following language, upon pages 2ZS and 236 of
Vl'.ume 5: "A great poverty and dtpreiiioa ha 1 o.ne upon the
western mining regions and upon the agricultural regions of the west
and south," alid "Men of the poorer sort were idle everywhere and
ailed with a sort of despair. All of the larger cities and manufactur
ing towns teemed with unemployed workingmen, who were WITH
systematic efforts of organized charity?"
Answer: I did.
Question: Did you or did you not, after describing this distress in
detail and relating that millions of American gold went across the sea
o pay foreign creditors, use these words, on page 23: "NOT UNTIL
Answer: I did.
The Republican party asks no
kom sixteen years of Republican
Democratic distress than Woodrow
lor president.
Roosevelt's Former Manager Comes
Out Square for the
Gov. Hadley, of Missouri, who was
one of Roosevelt's managers at the Re
publican national convention, and who
had charge of the contest made by
Roosevelt delegates, has declined to
follow the Third Term candidate out
of the Republican party, and has de
clared that he will support President
Taft. In a speech at Jefferson City.
Mo., he said:
"I hope that these many hlghmlnd
ed but, I believe, mistaken men, who
have thought there was a greater In
terest to be subserved by Joining In
the organization of the new party anrj
the nomination of another State tick
et, will yet see that by such acVs they
are simply doing that which tends to
Insure Democratic Buccess. And I
hope that they will come back to the
party which has stood for decency:
that has stood for sane and effective
progress In the conduct of public af
After appealing to Republicans to
support the Republican nominees,
Gov. Hadley pointed out In his ppeecb
that the Democrats were pledged to
the same kind of tariff legislation as
they gave to the country after the
Democratic victory of 1802. He said
that no Republican could associate
himself with those whose efforts tend
ed to Insure Democratic success.
Says All Other Candidates Seek to
Destroy Republican Party.
By his physclan's orders, former
Senator Foraker has been compelled
to decline the Invitation to make
speeches this campaign. Of course,
as a loyal Republican, he Is support
ing Taft. For quite a while the former
senator was In Maine for his health,
and while there he was a keen ob
server of the political situation. He
declares that the result in Maine was
emphatically a victory for the policy
of protection. Upon his return home
i he gave a highly Interesting state
ment to the Cincinnati "Commercial
Tribune," from which the following is
: excerpted: -
I "It Is tle duty of every Republican
who want to support the Republican
party and Republican principles to re
member that there Is no way to sup
port the party and Its principles ex
Jcept by supporting President Taft.
"Nobody else pretends to represent
the Republican party. Every other
candidate for the presidency is the
open and avowed enemy of the Re
publican party. All allko are seeking
Its defeat and destruction."
r ill
r .1 rTvv
South Bnd fTnd.) Tribune.
better witness against a change
prosperity to four years more of
Wilson, the Democratic candidate
Roosevelt, Who Cannot Be Elected
Says That Wilson's Election Means
Nation-Wide Disaster. '
, Col. Roosevelt, the Third Term c m
dldate, cannot possibly ' be elected.
There Is no way In which he can car
ry enough states to give him 2C0 elec
toral votes.
But by dividing the Republican
party, Col. Roosevelt can aid In (Kit
ing Woodrow Wilson, the Democratic
candidate. Should Wilson be elected ?
Roosevelt says that Wilson's election
would plunge this country Into nation
wide disaster. Here are Roosevelt's
own words written In the Outlook of
July, 27, 1912:
"If Dr. Wilson were elected, he
would either have to repudiate the
promises made about the tariff in the
Democratic platform or else bring ev
ery Industry In the country to a crash
which would make all panics in our
past history seem like child's play In
. comparison. In short, were Dr. Wil
son elected on this platform, he would
; be obliged at the very outset of his ad
ministration to face the alternatives
of dishonesty or disaster, the alterna
tives or refusing to carry out the ex
pressed pledges of the platform, or
else of causing such disaster to ev
ery worker In the country as would
mean nation-wide ruin."
As Roosevelt cannot be elected, and
as Roosevelt says that Wilson's elec
tion would mean disaster It is a log
ical conclusion that the vote 'of the
country must be given to President
The Billings (Mont.) Dally Gazette,
which has been a strong Roosevelt pa
per until recently, has come over to
Taft, the editor giving his reasons for
the change In a double-column article,'
declaring that he sees no hope for the
success of the Third Term party, and
Is convinced that the cause of real re
form can be best promoted by con
tinuing the Republican party In power.
The article particularly emphasizes
the danger of bringing about adverse
business conditions through a change
in administration, and points out the
steady advance which has been mad
under Republican policies.- It Is a
most significant editorial, and as the
Gazette is the most important paper In
Montana, Its Influence upon the elec
tion can hardly be measured. It Is only
another one of the Innumerable signs
that the Third Term party has col
lapsed, that the country realizes the
fight Is between the Republican party
and the Democratic party, and that no
possible benefit could be derived from
a change.
v - I u a I z w m
' ill
In New York When He Ran for G.v
ernor He Did Not Get Full Prrty
Support Presidential Veto
When Analyzed Is Net to
H's Advantage.
Colonel Roosevelt Is regarded every
nhere as Uie marvelous vote-rettii.
"We are for Teddy because he wi'l
elect our county ticket," choru'd th;
Roosevelt shouters prior to the re
nomlntnatlon of President Taft. Aud
even now, when, having failed to get
the Republican nomination fcr a
third term, he is heading a balling
Third Party organization, there aie
many Republicans who seem to think
that he has a strong hold ui on the
people. The fact is the record shows
that he Is not a Buccessful vote get
ter. The belief which prevai's in
some parts of the country that Roose
velt has a magic hold upon the peojie
is, not supported by the facts. Mr.
Roosevelt's own activity in self-advertising
is largely responsible for the
Take, for instance, his home stato
of New York. Here are the figures
of the Republican vote cast in the
three elections of 1806, 1808 and 1900,
the two years before and the two
years after Roosevelt was a candidate
for governor:
1S96, Black .787,.'1G
1898, Roosevelt CC1.707
1900, Odell :..804r,0
When Roosevelt ran as a candidate
for governor he had behind him his
prestlgate of service In the war with
Spain. He made a spectacular cam
paign with a number of uniformed
soldiers riding with him upon the
rear platform of his special train.
Even with this advantage he polled
125,000 less votes than Black and
nearly 1 15,000 votes less than Odcll.
This shows that in his own state he
is not the vote-getter which he claims
to be.
Polled Less Votes Than Taft.
Colonel Roosevelt received an enor
raous plurality when he ran for presi
dent in 1904, but that was because
1,280,000 Democrats declined to xcU
for Judge Alton B. Parker. The real
test of Roosevelt's plurality Is the
number of Republican votes cast for
him. He polled 7,023,486 votes, but
even this number was 55,000 less than
were cast for Taft In 1908 with
Bryan in the field and practical
Democratic harmony restored. Do
these figures show Roosevelt to be a
great vote-getter?
The figures as to Illinois are also
Interesting and instructive. In 1904
the total Republican vote for Roose
velt was 632,645, but this was 1,381
less than were ca6t for Charles S.
Deneen for governor. Roosevelt was
supposedly the idol of the Republican
party while Governor Deneen's nomi
nation was secured at the end of a
three weeks' convention in which bit
ter factional fighting developed. Yet
Deneen, as stated, received 1.3SI
more votes for Roosevelt.
An attempt is made to demonstrate
Colonel Roosevelt's popularity by cit
ing the fact that his plurality in Illi
nois in 1904 was 305,000, while Taft's
was only 179,000 in 1908. The fact is
that in 1004 Roosevelt received 632,645
votes. In 1008 Taft received 620,029
votes, so that out of about 630,000
votes the only difference between
Roosevelt's popularity and Taft's
popularity as shown by the total Re
publican vote was 2,713.
Illinois is cited merely because it is
typical of other states.
Some Primary Figures.
As Republican candidate for presi
dent last spring, Colonel Roosevelt
polled 61 per cent of the total vote
cast at the Illinois primaries, but only
42.37 per cent of the Taft 1908 vote.
A majority of the Republicans of Il
linois have not expressed a prefer
ence for Colonel Roosevelt, for presi
dent. In a recent statement Colonel
Roosevelt said: "The primary in Illi
nois last spring definitely decided
that I was the choice of the Illinois
Republican voters for president."
Colonel Roosevelt should be Informed
than 42.37 per cent of the Repub
lican vote In Illinois does not decide
what 57.63 per cent shall do with a
bolter who denounced their party be
cause it would not nominate him.
Similar conditions prevail In other
The foregoing record proves that
Colonel Roosevelt, without regard to
his other essential deficiencies, Is not
a powerful vote-getter. The "win-with-Teddy"
bumcombe is quite popu
lar with Colonel Roosevelt and his
supporters with the hope of dragging
Into line timid voters and pot-huntlnp
politicians. The facts show that as
a vote-getter Roosevelt never had
been as strong as his party. He was
not as strong as Black and Odcll In
New York, where he is best. known;
although running against a cripple In
Judge Parker, he ran more than a
million votes behind his party
strength; he was not as strong as Taft
in the country at large; and he was
not as strong as Taft and Deneen in
The current belief, stimulated by
Roosevelt's own expressions, that
Roosevelt Is a powerful vote-fetter, I
dlsproven by the facta.
The President Eulogized Because He
Is Wise, Honorable, Dignified,
Courageous and Safe and His
Triumphant Re-election
la Predicted.
From every section of the country
comes editorial commendation of
President Taft and of his -administration.
Quite a number of papers which,
until recently, had remained independ
ent, declared their conviction that
only the continuance of present poli
cies will ensure the stability and pros
perity of the agricultural, industrial
and financial Interest of the nation.
The president is receiving credit for
his courageous vetoes of free trade
tariff bills, for his efforts to secure
economical administration of the gov
ernment and for his success in Im
proving social conditions through
recommending and forcefully advo
cating legislation. A page could well
be filled with extracts from editorial
columns praising the president, but
the following will suflee:
Friend of Old Soldiers.
From the Clay Center, Kan., Republi
can: The old soldier vote should help
to elect Its friend, William Howard
Taft, signer of the Sherwood Pen
sion bill, and son of Grant's secre
tary of war.
Where Mr. Taft Stands.
From the Wausau Record-Herald:
Taft stands exactly where either of
the great martyr presidents would
have stood had they lived In his day
and occupied his place. He stands for
the constitution, for the courts, for
the perpetuation of the tried and
proved American Institutions, for the
principle of protection to American
labor, just laws and their Impartial
enforcement against rich and poor,
high and low, alike. No president ever
had higher Ideals, better comprehen
sion of the intricacies of government,
or more courage In presenting his con
victions to the public.
Now Outspoken for Taft.
From the Clinton, III., Journal:
As the Journal up to this point In
the campaign has exercised its pre
rogative of expressing disinterested
comment upon issues and candidates,
so now, as an Independent newspaper,
It feels that the time Is at hand and
the opportunity is ripe to declare its
policy on the issues of the day. From
now on until November 5, therefore,
the Journal will contribute Its efforts
to the success of the principles cf the
Republican platform and the re-election
of William Howard Taft to the
presidency. It is convinced that only
the continuance of present policies
will Insure the stability and pros
perity of the agricultural, Industrial
and financial Interests of the nation,
and It trembles for the future at the
thought of the havoc and ruin which
the success either of the Democratic
party or of the misnamed "Procrcs
slve" party would mean.
Safe and Sound.
From the Cassvllle, Mo., Republican:
. The country has a man In the presi
dential chair who can be relied upon
to uphold the principals of protection
and the other doctrines of the plat
form on which he was elected. Mr.
Taft is standing courageously for the
principles in which he and his party
believe. Kcur.more years of his ad
ministration offers safe and sound
protection to labor and to capital.
Dignified and Positive.
Frdm the Courier d'Alene, Idaho,
Compare the dignity, the tact, and
the positive stand taken by Mr. Taft
with tha bombastic acts and ut
terances of his predecessor, and see
which measures up to the standard of
a president and who has accomplished
most for the country.
Has Done Much for Labor.
From the Bluencld, W. V., Telegraph:
The Taft administration can point
to a solid record of practical
achievements In labor legislation.
The Safest Man In Sight.
From the Petaluma, Cal., Argus:
By November it is likely that the
common sense of the country will
have found itself so far as to see and
say that, for the presidency, Mr.
Taft is the safest man in sight.
Wise and Prudent.
From the Denver, Col., Republican:
President Taft's administration has
not been one of talk and parade, of
sensational assertion and show of au
thority. But It has been an adminis
tration of hard work in quiet aid
unostentatious ways. He has said
little. But he has done much. The
rising tide of business prosperity tes
tifies to the wisdom and prudence of
fits administration, and to the confi
dence which the business world has
in his discretion.
Great Achievements.
From the Erie, Pa., Dispatch:
There is no doubt that the grert
achievements of Taft will be acknowl
edged by the historian of the future.
The voter of the present ought to be
Bo less clear eyed to do the same.
. r.-f
Republican Candidate Tor Prosecuting
(Political Advertisement)'
To Ihe Voters of Ionia County:
1 urn u candidate for the ollice of
prosecuting attorney on the Republican
ticket. I have been u resident of Ionia
County for the past thirty years and
have been practicing law for the past
eleven years all of the time.
I believe that the iirst duty of a
prosecuting attorney is to carefully in
vestigate every case brought before him
before a warrant is issued. No greater
wrong can be done an individual than
to subject him to the humiliation, ex
pense and disgrace ol an arrest without
cause. Hasty, ill-advised prosecutions
yearly cost the icople thousands of
dollars in taxes.
I also believe that a prosecuting at
torney should fairly and impartially
enforce the laws of the -state without
fear or favor, and under no circum
stances should he allow any self in
terest to influence his action. And he
should be just as anxious to protect the
innocent as to prosecute the guilty.
He should give ever ierson a "square
If 1 am elected to the ollice of prose
cuting attorney 1 fehall carefully inves
tigate every case and shall promptly
and fearlessly prosecute every violation
of the law. lain lully in sympathy
with those laws enacted for the purjoxe
of enforcing law and order in the county
and shall labor untiringly to enforce
the same.
ResiccUully Yours
Ray A. Col well
Place a X in front of the name, if you
wish to vote for
Democrat Canadidate For Judge Of
If elected he will have no other busi
ness interests to interfere, and will de
vote his entire time to the duties of the
And he will discharge the duties with
the sole purpose of the best interests of
the estates, the persons directly in
terested and the community as a whole.
Mr. Taylor is a long-time resident of
Ionia county, served from 18151! to close
of Civil war in the L'lst Michigan Infan
try; has lilled several ollicial positions
of trust and responsibility, and has the
reputation of doing ellicient and honest
service whenever and wherever called
uion for duty.
In the opinion of those who know him
best he has the qualities that would
make him a capable and trustworthy
Judge of Probate, who could be relied
upon to perform the important duties
of the cilice with absolute fidelity to
the interests involved in matters com
ing before the court. adv
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