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1894-08-25-ScrantonRepublican-p4-[TaylorItem] - The Republican. DAILY EDITIOSr - Six and eiebt...
The Republican. DAILY EDITIOSr - Six and eiebt pages; man subscription six dollars a Tear. Postage nrepaid. SCNilAY EDITION - Eight pages, mail sub scription two dollars a year, rostag pre paid. WEEKLY EDITIOX - Eight pages, published every Wednesday, one dollar a year. Post age prepaid. SCKAXTON, PA.. AUGUST 25. ISM. REPUBLICAN TICKET. Governor D. H. HASTINGS Lieut. - overnor WALTE Auditor - Oeneral AMOS H. tS LIN J.:. I 1 xtt.l 1 1 f V' W I. ATT A . . i GAIA'SHA A. GROW BEPrBLIClX COUNTY CONVENTION. Pursuaut to a meeting of the Republican County Committee held on July U 1st. the concty convection will fce held on luesoay, September 4. at 10 o'clock a. m., in the court house at Scranton for the purpose of placing in nomination candidates for the following following mentioned offices, to be voted for at the next general election on Movant oer o, isv, to wit: Congress (11th Congressional district.) Judire (4jth!Judicial district ) Sheriff, Treasurer, Clerk of Courts. Pro - thonotary. District Attorney, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills and Jury Conimis - s'.oner. Vigilance committees will hold delegate elections on Saturday, Septemlier 1. ISW, be - ween the hours of 4 and 7 p. m. They wiil give at least two days' public notice of the time and place for holding said elections. Each election district should elect at the said delegate elections two qualified persons to serve as Vigilance Committee for one year, and their names certified to on the credentials cf delegates to the county convention. The representation of delegates to the county county convention is based upon the vote cast last fall for Fell, candidate for Judge of Supreme Court, he being the highest otlicer voted for at said state election. D. W. PowF.tA, Chairman. Attest J. W. Bkowmxg, S;cretary. End of the Suspense. "With the close of this ifveek will end the suspense andj uncertainty that have held the busiuess intere3t5i of the country in thraldom for more than a year. For more than a twelve moa'Jhs the Democratic Democratic party, in full power in every branch of the national government, has left the nation in doubt nd uncertainly as to what they would do. President Cleveland has seen lit to lengthen out tbl s suspense to the ver;v last day in his power. He could have curtailed this expense at least ten daw. but with his customary perversentfis he has prolonged prolonged the distress to tlie last day. The limit has been reached and after to - day the country will know flfhat it has to face. Even up to tbis morning there was more or less doubt in the minds of some people as to the final purpose of the president. The more generally accepted opinion prevailed that he would permit the tariff bill to become a law by neither signing nor vetoing it At the same time no great surprise ould be felt if he should even to - day sea4 in a veto. The period has been, reached when the president has been in 'A manner discounted. discounted. The business interests of the country country are bracing themselves for whatever may come. In expectation that the senate senate tariff bill will become a law prudent men have shaped their affairs accordiug. - 3y. Mr. Cleveland canuot prolong the distress and uncertainty beyond the present week. A new era will commence with the new week, with the certainty that either the old or the new tariff act will then be the settled basis on which to resume Operations. If the Democratic bill prevails,, as now seems inevitable, there will be strikes and continued discontent discontent for a season in some branches of Industry, but this cannot continue for tiny length of time. The priee of many of the necessaries of life will undoubtedly be still further reduced, and the wages of labor will come down in the same or even greater proporton. Some time will be ro quired to adjust these changed conditions, but before many weeks all classes of people and all business interests will adapt themselves to the inevitable and a rsturn of at least a measure of prosperity may confidently be expected, This country' will not go to wreck and ruin whether the economic policy of the government be on a Republicau or a Democratic bisis. Experience has demonstrated that tlie Republican policy of Protection is conducive to activity and prospcrty, while the reverse Doniocratic anti - Protection Protection Protection policy fcrings stringency and distress, distress, but the country has lived through more than one such era and will live through the present one. 4 Both houses of cougr ess yesterday adjourned adjourned over until Monday, after having passed a resolution for final ad journment next Tuesday. It seems to be generally accepted that t'uo president will neither sign nor vctJ the tariff bill, and it will therefore becomo a law on Monday. Keither house can now command a quorum and what little business has been transacted the past few days was by unanimous consent The new recorder of deeds of the District District of Columbia has already become involved in trouble with the Civil Service Service Commission. The recorder is the somewhat famous Kansas negro Democrat, Democrat, C. H. J. Taylor, appointed by Mr. Cleveland, and whose nomination was hung up in the senate for a long time and finally confirmed only against strong opposition. It seems that about the first thing Mr. Taylor did after becoming settled in bis office was to strike employes employes about the several departments for "contributions" for "political purposes." There was complaint on the part of some cf the victims, and they made known their grievance to the Civil Service Commissioners. Commissioners. A very thorough investigation investigation followed, the report on which has Las been sent to the president. The commissioners found that all the charges against Taylor were fully sustained and they therefore recommend recommend bis immediate removal from the office of recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia. Taylor will make a vigorous vigorous defence and try to retain his lucrative lucrative (ffice, and it is by no means certain that the president will remove a subordinate subordinate for an offense of which the highest highest officials under the present administration administration have been equally guilty. Taylor was a little more reckless than the average, average, and more urgent in bis domands for boodle for "political purposes," but otherwise he has only followed in the well - trodden path of the bigger Democratic Democratic leaders. It is pretty safe to predict that Taylor will continue to hold his office. An Investigation that Investigated The house.committee.of which Amos J. Cummlogs ofj New Tork is chairman, charged with the investigation of the alleged alleged armor plate frauds, have made their report, nnd it differs from a great majority of similar documents in that it bears pretty conclusive evidence that there has been an investigation that investigated. investigated. This committee seems not to have had any use for the whitewash pail and brush. The report is to the point, and the point is that the committee found abundant evidence of fraud on the part of the contractors who furnished the armor plates, and carelessly and negligence negligence on the part of the officers whose duty it was to protect the government against fraud. This extract from the commitee's report shows its general tenor and conclusions: "The efforts of the company and of its superintendents, Corey and Schab, have been to satisfy the committee that the armor is np to the requirements of the contract, contract, notwithstanding the false reports to inspectors, doctoring the specimens, plugging plugging of plates, etc. The unblnsing character character of the frauds to which these men have been parties, and the disregard of truth and honesty which they have shown before the committee, render them unworthy unworthy of credence. This will not be misunderstood by any one. The frauds were proven to the satisfaction of the committee, and the next question is: What is the government government going to do about it? If the gov ernment's own inspectors had done their duty faithfully and intelligently the frauds would have been discovered early enough to have prevented any of the fraudulent plates being used on the warship?? warship?? The frauds would have gone on to the present time, in all human probability, probability, but for the fact that some of the employees of the Carnegie company be trayed their employers. If this report of the Cummings committee is to be accepted accepted as true and just, then it is apparent apparent that the money penalty imposed by the president on the Carnegie company company was wholly inadequate to the of fense. In fact, the committee's report says: "Both the company and the government government inspectors are culpable. These frauds are crimes for which no fine or money compensation can adequately atone." This is severe language and clearly alleees the commission Of offenses which the navy department cannot ignore nor treat with indifference. Con cress is on the point of adjourning and will not be likely to take action on the report. Secretary of the Navy Herbert is the man who is looked to for prompt and decisive action. The Carnegie company is still at work on contracts. The committee is convinced that some of the defective armor plates are on our war - ships. It is proposed to remove some and subject them to the government tests. If what is suspected proves to be well founded, it is a question whether some of our new war - ships will not have to be re - a rmored. State Arbitrators. Massachusetts has a board of state arbi trators whose duty it is under the law to take cognizance of all strikes, and endeavor endeavor to amicably and fairly adjust dif ferences between employers and em ployees. The law creating the board recognizes the principle that neither em ployers nor employees can be compelled to submit to arbitration, and when - a strike occurs the board at once meets and notifies both sides in controversy that the arbitrators are prepared to meet - and give a hearing to duly constituted representative! representative! cf employers and employees, with a view to a speedy and amicable adjustment adjustment of differences. A strike on an extensive extensive scale has been inaugurated by the textile workers at New Bedford and sev eral other industrial centres of Massa chusetts. There happens in this instance to be a well - defined cause for the strike. The manufacturers proposed to reduce the wages of certain of their employees about ten per cent. The workmen re fused to accept the reduction. This strike was inaugurated on Monday and on Wednesday morning the board of state arbitrators notified both sides that they were ready to undertake a settlement of their differences. The advocates of what is called com pulsory arbitration are in the habit of ridiculing the system of arbitration as it e xists in Massachusetts and some other states, because it is not com pulsory but in the nature of a confer. euce with impartial, disinterested and intelligent men acting in the capacity of advisors and representatives of the public interests. If the Massachusetts manufactures manufactures and their striking imployees shall both accept the services of the state boar d of arbitration, and public senti ment will doubtless constrain them to do so, an adjustment may follow. If, after a full and impartial hearing, the arbi trators render a decision that has every appearance of justice and fairness, neither side to the controversy can reject it without incurring public condemna tion and the loss of all public sympathy. Such being the case it can readily be seen that arbitration, though it is not com pulsory, may be effective. The Massachusetts manufacturers may think that "there is nothing to arbitrate," arbitrate," but they will not say so. Public sentiment demands whenever and wherever wherever a great strike occurs that every reasonable effort be put forth to end it cs speedily as possible. If a state board of arbitrators can be of use in that direction then every state should be provided with such a board. . If the state arbitrators shall be instrumental in bringing about a speedy and an amicable adjustment of the strike in Massachusetts nou - comp ulsory arbitration will have achieved a signal victory. In the matter of the armor plate frauds it now appears that the government government inspectors are entitled to no small share of the blame for the success that attended the acceptance of defective or fraudulent plates. The inspectors may not have been in league with the manufacturers, manufacturers, but it is evident that they were either incompetent or negligent. It is no longer denied that plates which should bave been rejected were not only accepted accepted but are now in placo on some of

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The Scranton Republican (Scranton, Pennsylvania)25 Aug 1894, SatPage 4
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