Clipped From The Courier-Journal
I EXPANSION Leads All Subjects In Public Interest. CANVASS OF NEWSPAPERS SHOWS THAT THE MAJORITY FAVOB THE POLICY. THE SOUTH IS AGAINST IT, Bat ths Best of tli Country Shows TJp Strongly Tor Extension . of Territory. DIVISION AS TO POLITICS. New Tork. Dea llSpcIU. J Territorial expansion Is ths leading; subject In the minds of American citlcens today. Whether the United State shall extend Its boundaries beyond the Fa-ciflo and far out am on the Islands of the Atlantic aa the result of the war with Spain or shall confine Itself to the limits of its own great continent Is the . uppermost questfon of the times. No betterrwde of the general trend of public o Ion on this subject can be found than In the "-newspapers of the country. To find out the attitude of the press on the subject of expansion, correspondents - of the Herald have canvaeed the leading Journals of all parties In every States. . Opinions of more than five hundred journals have been collected, and, as already stated, only the most Influential newspapers in each State have been taken. Taking ' the country at large the canvass shows that a very pronounced majority of the newspapers are advocates of the policy of expansion. Taking the country by sections the Inquiry shows that only In the South la the majority found in the anti-expansion column. In the West the majority for expansion H more than two to one. In the Middle States twice aa many of ,the leaUirt newspapers favor ernanfclon as oppose It, while in New England the majority, though large, is not so great aa !n th two other section. The inquiry gives the standing of the newspapers canvassed in the different ocl! JrviTJf the country aa follows: in the South For expansion, 60: nainst, 64. In the West For expansion, 126; agniusr, 61. In New England For expansion, 61; against, 42. In the Middle States ror expansion, 63; against, 36. Oddly enoush. every leading newspaper in Florida is found in the expansion column, but this is offset in Georgia, where all the prominent journals are opposed to expansion. Virginia also reports all leading newspapers supporting expansion, wbilo the reverse la found in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Of all the other States, only Utah, Idaho and Rhode Island are unanimous, and In each of these the papers-advocate expansion. New Tork and Pennsylvania each show a majority of two to one for expansion, while Massachusetts is almost evenly divided, 'only at bare majority being for expansion. New Jersey, too. "only Just gets Into the expansion column,, while Maine just escapes being unanimously opposed to territorial expansion. , Taking the politics of the newspapers Into consideration, the inquiry shows that five to one of the leading Republic an Journals are advocates of expansion, while nearly three Influential Demo cratic organs oppose the policy for each one that favors It. Independent news papers of prominence are, In favor of expansion by nearly two to one.