J. Maurice Finn, Upper Michigan Democrats

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J. Maurice Finn, Upper Michigan Democrats - BOLD, POLITICAL ASSASSINS, EXPOSEOF A SCHEME TO...
BOLD, POLITICAL ASSASSINS, EXPOSEOF A SCHEME TO "KILL" SENATOR STEVENS. ' , Tim? Hester. ex-Greenbacker, ex-Prp- h'ibitionist, ex-Fusionist but now a Bourbon, is the Assailant. fiver since the foul plot of the democracy to ruin the upper peninsula for political gain wua ilrst sprung in the present legislature, Lake Superior has hud no more earnest, intelligent and effective champion of her interests than Senator John II. 1). Stevens of Ironwood, lie has ever been an uncompromising enemy to any and every man and measure that' threatened- .the welfare of that section, and has spared neither labor nor expense to crush them. No session of the senate has found him absent, save when illness or imperative duty in other directions forced him to vacate his seat. When, in persuance of a scheme to hoodwink the voters of the upper peninsula, a democratic caucus decided to kill the I)oran bill, and the matter was brought up by them in (he senate, and the republican Senator Millies, from the seventh district, moved to strike'out the senate chamber by a democratic lobbyist, and distroy, at ono fell swoop, the hard-earned reputation of a young man, than whom the upper peninsula has no stronger champion, because.forsooth, he could neither be humbugged,, cajoled, nor frightened from his fidelity to his people, by a junta of democratic swashbucklers. For this has Senator Stevens been deluged, for two days with telegrams from frightened constituents. Let them possess their souls in peace. Senator Stevens is np traitor. That he did right is now : proven by tho open threats of the democrats, that if the upper peninsula "gobs bock" on Champ lin they will give them tho Kirk bill, which is even more infamous than Doran's. Who framed that Kirk bill, now lying in tho house'? Was it an upper peninsula traitor? Senator Stevens throws some light upon it, in an interview this morning, as follows: "Senator, what of that bill of Representative Kirk, in tho house providing for a four-cent tax?" •'It is more dangerous than tho Doran bill, and is being held in reserve, to spring on us, if deemed advisable." "Who is its real author? It isn't Kirk, is it?" enacting clauseof the bill, which would have killed it for all time, every republican, including Senator Stevens, voted for the' motion, and every democrat voted against it. .When an attempt was make to run in > a substitute for the Dorau bill, prepared r for the occasion in the secret democratic caucus previously referred to, and railroad it through the senate with a simplft rapid reading of it before that body by the secretary, Senator Stevens, who saw In this move a democratic dodge to enable the democracy to go before his people with that bill as ah electioneering document, and fearing that these intriguers had designedly left a loop-hole in it which would render it'valueless to the upper peninsula in the end, arose in his place and protested, in his own behalf and that of the entire upper peninsula, against any such action. That gentleman-said in effect that he was not yet ready to swallow with closed eyes a dose prepared for him and his people by a secret caucus composed of the leaders, whippers-in and lobby?lice of a party which had shown a deliberate intent from the outset to assassinate them, i His words created'a terrible fluttering ^ amohgthese same democratic satellites, ' % and sent them rushing all over the sen- ' ate to efface the evident impression made by that protest. "Why," said Senator Stevens, to the writer, "Tim Nester came to my seat and threatened me. He said Unit if I did not vote for that substitute—permit those, robbers to cram that dose down my neck without a whimper—he would ruin me in the 'upper country.' I told him to get out, and not to come to me again, or I would have him ejected from the senate by the sergeant-at-ai'ros. I would have '' punched him myself; on' the spot," ' said the doutthty little senator with flashing eyei, "If I had not bnen restrained by my respect for the body, and the place I .was in:; 1 Mr. Stevens' protestprevailed, and the substitute for the Doran bill was postponed on motion of Senator Park, every niember of the senate voting "aye," as the senate jonr- ' nal shows. It is now in the hands of ' the committees on taxation. The > friends of the mining interests had gained a victory. • r- Now mark the sequel: Retiring, angry and chagrined at being outwitted in their scheme to hoodwink tho- upper peninsula, and gain its vote for Charop- Un, and justly charging their discomfiture to Senator Stevens, who had taken a train to Mackinaw, after the adjourn' mont, to meet his family, Treasurer Braastad, Tim Nester and. J. Maurice Finn, editor of the Lake Superior Democrat,published at Ishpeming,proceeded •, to wi;eak the vengeance upon Stevens with which' Nester had previously r threatened him upon the floor. Braas". i*d and Nester flooded the upper penln- ? sula with telegrams, addressed to miners and owners of every political hue, asserting that Senator Stevens bad "defeated the direct tax, and then absented himself." la proof of this we present the following, received hist Saturday by Senator Flesheim: ' HOTOHTON, MICH., March 28. To-Joseph Flesbiem, "Senate:" ' Biaaetad wires here that.Stevens has 'absented himself and defeated direct tax bill. Wire me the facts quick. • T. L. CJJADBOUBNE. Not content with this, the immaculate ! J. Maurice Finn/wired to"hispapera T twc-colnn?n press dispatch, reiterating this damnable He, which was printed on the first page of the Lake Superioi • ' Democrat with a doublercolumn display T 1? head, with the following lines: ',-' 'The Bottom Knocked Out. Specific •" - • .Receives IteDeath-Blow in the ^n Kilted by Solid Demo Republicans Throw Cold "Personally, I don't know. I will give you tho words of Senator Wisner, for what they are worth. I rode with him on the train last Monday, and in discussing the matter he told me that J. Maurice Finn told him that he (Finn) framed that bill himself." This leaves a question of veracity between Messrs. Stevens, Wisner and Finn, which can e.tsily be settled if any party is aggrieved. Senator Stevens will not deny the above interview, and its substantial truth.—Lansing State Republican, Tuesday, March 81, 1891. POLITICAL POINTERS. Representative Munthe arrived here Monday from Lansing, and has been industriously engaged ever since in laying political wires to capture the polls for Ihe democracy on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday he superintended- the distribution of several thousand copies of the Lake Superior Democrat, a bourbon sheet of three months' standing democrats are in pitnic and are trying to crawl out from under until after election. So Friday they idelinitely postponed the bill. Thn republicans tried to have it killed outright. But to this the democrats would not consent. Such a summary disposal of it would stir up the democratic farmers they fooled last fall. They have thus arranged to tell their dupes before the coming election that the bill will be passed before the session is over, while Tim Nester will carry the news to the upper peninsula people that the bill is dead. This proceeds on the assumption that those who vote the democratic ticket cannot rend.—Detroit .lournal (Iml). * * All Bessemer isn't for Murphy. Neither Is Watorsmeet or Wakelield. And Marenisco will take a fall out of him, too. * * The Times' "Hurrah" wasn't much of a success after all. "Postponed" is good —but "killed" would have been batter. * * Tho democratic vote in Ciogebic county is not largo enough to elect Mr. Murphy to tho unexplrcd term of judge of probate. To bo elected ho must draw from tho strong republican majority which tho county has at present. Of course Mr. Murphy will try to court republicans who may feel like deserting their ticket. It is tha duty of ovory republican to stand by the republican ticket all tho way down. Vols for Judge Montgomery, vote for Curtis Buck. WILL A LIES GO ! "A Miner " Discusses the Postponement of the Doran Tax Bill. IBONWOOD, April 1.— [Editor News- Record'].— I see the Times editor, true to his democratic instinct, tries hard to throw dirt into the eyes of Gogebie miners by howling: " 'ilie Doran bill is killed! Killed by democratic votes. Well, what if it is? Was it not a democratic child which you had to disown A Bonus For proprietors of endeavoring capital in the this city. which Record them to to put dollar an opera put in boxes. to thirty opening at consist 'of numbering from parquotto arranged hundred gallery Hundred, all for Tho building 18 and In the purpose, Hint tho of $2,000 the lots at a explains GEORGE Dear party here if You Aurora 2!!, hundred subscribe dollnrs published at Ishpenilng. Mr. Munthe saw that the papers were properly circulated, and when he saw that a store or residence was skipped by any one of the half dozen small boys in his employ, the youngster was reprimanded and ordered to go over the ground again. A perusal of the L. S. Democrat revealed the secret of all this diligence. It was a aeheme'of the Democrat State Central committee, through the medium of the Tshpemiug organ and their agent, Munthe, to antagonize the merchants, mine operators, and rainers'of the city, and if possible to secure their votes and support for the democrat state ticket at Monday's election. The L. S. Democrat contained two columns of the rankest democratic election buncombe, that has ever (dis) gl'aced the columns of any paper. Its tirade against Senator Stevens was uncalled for, and its statements concerning his actions in the senate were lies of tho blackest and most villianniis nature. The L. S, Democrat says: "Senator Sevens will have a hard time to show how he opposed the repeal of the specific tux, It is » burning shame that the interest of his constituency and the other vast interests of Lake Superior should thus bo sacrificed through, the traitorous action of the senator who ahpuld roost stal warily dejend them. The above is a fair sample of the L.. S. Democrat's loud-mouthed ranting. The sumo "traitorous" Stevens is tho man who on Wednesday last secured the passage of the bill repealing the specific lax. Tho bill passed tho senate on Wednesday on Senator Stevens' motion, and he hurled the He in the teeth ofthose ho have branded him as a traitor to pper peninsula Interests and as opposed o the repeal of the specific lax on iron re. The L. S. Democrat's campaign and strangle yourselves? It is not plain what credit your party deserves in this operation, oven if your report was true. But unfortunately, it is not true. 1 he Doran bill is not "killed." Every re- a publican member of the senate voted (<^oo) to "kill" it when they supported the Thjs motlon tostrikeonttheenactingclausp; every democratic member voted in favor of: NOT killing it when they opposed that motion. The democratic majority in the senate have simply postponed action on the bill till after election, and that is a long way from " killing " the bill. We up here know full well what our dear democratic friends of the lower peninsula are after. They want our votes and they want them bad, but they dare not " kill " this bill, as the bulk of their party in the lower part of the state are for it. So they simply POSTPONE action on the bill, hoping in this manner to fool miners into voting their ticket, and yet leave themselves in shape to take up the bill after election. In this manner the democratic leaders think they can play "Good Lord and Good i>evil" lo both Hides. Up here they will claim they have killed the bill—down among the grangers they'll insist it IIHS only been laid aside temporarily, and between both they hope to deceive enough voters to'carry their ticket. .But up here that kind of deception will not work. Our people want that bill KII.LKD, killed dead as a door-nail! We don't propose to tiike. tally or promises in this matter—we want straight work. The republicans, every one of them. have gone boldly on record in favor of killing the measure. The democrats are bolting half way, not daring to break with either side. Men and voters of Gogebic county, what party is your true frlemiy Rally to the side of your fearless, open defenders—the men who stand up in broad day, and before the whole world, denouncing this Doran bill as infamous, unjust and outrag- ous, and who back up these assertions by voling to kill the bill—not simply postpone, it till after election. Vote with your friends, and stiind by the republican ticket to a man! A MiNpu. ROYALTIES TOO HIGH. Advantages of Marquette County Mines Over Those of Gogebic. Messrs. A. L. Dickerman and Major M. W. Burt, of the (jogebic range, were in Ishpeming Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The formei is general manager of the properties of the Penokee & Gogebio Development company, owners of the Aurora uneombe ig unworthy notice by intel- gent people. It reveals the degraded methods to which it will resort to mako Milltical capital. Here is another sanv ile of the Democrat's black lies: "Had It not been for Senator Stevens, a republican, the specific tax law would >e stricken from our statute books." The action in the senate on Wednesday, when Senator Stevens' motion for the repeal of the specific tax law was adopted, places this last lie in the face of Jay Maurice Finn, the editor.of the L. S. Democrat, who at the investigation of .the. Democrat State Central committee v pablished the "rot" far and wide over, this peninsula for political capital. Jay;MauYieej you/ire ajuighty big success aa a writer of buncombe, but facts, never. The people of,Gagebic county can read, and wb£n the returns are announced Monday, you will find that ^'Good Lord" ,and "Good Devil" don't go iii this section. Before the election last fall the democrats agreed to transfer taxes of the lower peninsula farmer, to the shoulders of the miners in the upper peninsula. Senator Doran brought in a bill for the purpose.. This aroused -such indhj- na-tion is the /upper peninsula that the , Colby, i'alros, and other important properties, the latter has the manage ment of the Mt. Hope mine. In i conversation with these gentlemen they said the old companies of the Marquette range had a decided advantage over the companies operating on the Gogebic. The latter hm high royalties to pay, high railroad rates, high lake freights, and were han dicapped in the race for a prpfitablr market as compared to Ishpeming am and other big mines in this field The companies in Ishpeming had no royalties to pay, had less rail freight and as many of them owned and op erated their own lake carriers, the were in shape to enjoy a reasonable profit when the miner of Gogebic could not make a cent. Royalties were far too high, and in times of de- 'ore that If the prominent can lie is no carried but can this For the The that to the seeing be booths time election that, Fred Mich.: isklng his •ead. the is the the I the vote officers the might to that to be only ties pression they "stood directly in the way of a ^profit. Royalties ranged from 25 to 50 cents, too high by half, and while the owner of the fee could depend upon a large profit, the operator of the mine could not always secure one. The latter have to take all the chances, the former none. It certainly is a fact that the royalties upon ores in all the fields 9f the Lake Superior region are too high by one half, and it would be a great benefit to all concerned were they reduced by that much- Of course as long as men will pay the excessive rate asked there will be no reduction, and the beat way to secure right price is for all to remain idle until reasonable options will be granted.—isbpem tag Iron Ore. R. 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  2. 04 Apr 1891, Sat,
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