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A STINGING REBUKE. HON C L. JEWETT'S SEVERE ARRAIGNMENT OF POPOCRACY AND ITS ALLIES., The ex-Chairman of "the Indiana State Democratic Committee, In a Remarkable Speech Delivered at Columbus, Ind., Repudiates the Repudiationists Enlisted Under the Baneful Banner of Bryan and Sewall. The Eon. Charles L. Jowott, ex ipeakorof the Indiana house ofropro- itntatives, ex-chairman . of the state 'Democratic committee, and known as ono of Democracy's whoelhorses— in fact, regarded by many as the shrewdest and brainiest leader the party has iad in recent years, addressed the sound money club of Columbus, Ind., Saturday night, Sept. 2G. Mr. Jowott's Speech. "Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen— Thoughtful men are deeply impressed with the belief that we are approaching a crisis in the history of the republic. They believe that the coming election is ouo of a series of events through which our institutions are to be pot to a final test. Tho demands of such a time disclose the fiber of every citizen; more especially every ono who has been accustomed to take some part In the discussion and management of public questions in the community where ho lives. To such a man cowardice counsels silence, aud self-interest whispers to yield to the popular current of his party and to subordinate his own convictions of right to tho comfortable and, maybe, profitable policy of openly advocating what ho knows is wrong. "With tho weaklings and self-seekers who are controlled by these base considerations let us have no controversy, but remit thorn to tho sufficient punishment of their own contempt. For myself I conceive it to bo tho duty of every man in this campaign to declare for what ho believes is the right, and to do this with courage, in n spirit of self-sacrifice. "While, this duty rests upon men of all previous political views and pwty associations, to none does it come with such 1 stern command as to those who have in times past given unquestioned support and allegiance to tho Democratic party. To that class I belong. During all the years of my manhood I have ' given to that party zealous, unswerving and unselfish allegiance. Twice placed at the head of its organization in' this state and intrusted with its dearest concerns', I had there tho honor to stand in 1888, when it fought its greatest campaign, and again in 1890, -when it achieved its greatest victory. I look back upon that time, as 1 think you may, with entire satisfaction, with conscience fully approving every position assumed or every act attempted or accomplished. Nevertheless these things are 'of the past. And while it is ahappy past, full of gracious memories, and for -which tonight there is not in my heart or upon ray lips either apology or regret, 'the hard fact remains that it is all past and wo stand today in the presenoe of aevr and strange conditions and compelled, whether willingly or not, to .participate in the decision of now issues affecting tho very integrity of our government. ! Appeal to Democrats. i "Under such circumstances not only Js it the duty of every man to speak, but She supreme obligation resting upon Mm is to speak the truth and to deal •with things as they are, fearless and •without regard to personal consequences. 'This' is my first and shall be my last jmnlib utterance in the campaign. TO&tl say is intended exclusively for those' who up to this time have been Democrats. In so doing my guide and Inspiration shall be the words of ono of tho world's greatest writers : 'Bo honest .•vrith yourself whatever the temptation, Soy nothing to others that you do not think and play no tricks with yonr own mind'. Of all the evil spirits now abroad in tho world insincerity is tho most dangerous.' In a spirit of self- abnegation, with an earnest desire to bo entirely influenced by those %vords, I address you and do trust that what I say may enter into hearts moved and guided by tho same high considerations. "No more striking proof of the instability of party affairs can be given than by considering what has occurred to the Democratic party in less than four years. A little more than three years ago, with an ideal American and an ideal Democrat as its candidate, it swept the L won, carrying strongholds .theretofore deemed impregnable, and placed this great man in the executive office with a confess at his back Democratic in both brancnos, each and all pledged to execute policies and lesiriate for reforms .for which tho party had battled for a quarter of a century: It was not only, iv •notorious, but a proud, united and hopeful party. Its doctrines had found favor in field, factory and countingroom, throughout all the sections, and it seemed to have entered upon a career of usefulness to be unexampled in tho co™^'" h ' st °,2; What was the spectacle which t»« party presented at the beginning of the presen* year? Its letfalatten had_failod through the ignorance, incapacity or treadhery of those to whom it was in- trusted. Th« patriotio efforts of a self- sacriflcinif premdent hod .boon thwarted through tbo malice of disappointed and scheming polilioians. of his own party; Iho dignity of his offlcu assailed; his per- •oiial integrity and that of the member* of his cabinet attacked; sonnd administrative measures denounced and misrepresented and the entire party organization reduced to a condition of consternation and despair. . Notwithstanding all this much was left: 'The prin- ciplerof'thV* party yet renlalned in its keeping, ft rallying point around. which, , even when defeated as it -was fated in any event to be. the members of .that party' might gather .and, through which they 'might hope to again secdre.the oo- onerailibtt of their • f ellow' citizens, and »fril6^e ; ro6re'fdrtuhate','ati r d it may-well be behoved, early -time to win a victory attemot to nnt jnto onnration throughout the land ."the beneficial effect of its policy. A Clmrltabie View. ."But the. degradation anJ humility of the party was yet to occur. It came and has increased with appalling swiftness until today those who best loved and most earnestly strove for the success of that organization fvre appalled to see into what unworthy hands tho organization has passed, and to what ignoble and treasonable purposes its forces are being applied.. I firmly believe that this feeling of astonishment is even shared by those who most loudly support this degradation of the party machinery and its voting strength. I have never for an instant- believed that the men'who have dragged tho proud Democratic party in the mire deliberately contemplated such a result at the beginning. They soern rather, out of tho despair into which the party was plunged before tho campaign, to have evolved a condition of things which, culminating iu tho delirium of tho Chicago convention, swept these venturesome marplots far. beyond tho point they had ever expected to go, and lof them high and dry in tho hot-bed of Populism and communism, where they now lie without tho courage to withdraw, and under the protease that they are comfortable. I am not willing to believe, much less to charge, that the groat body of those who participated in tbo Chicago performance, or who now approve its work, ore intentionally •wrong and knowingly unpatriotic. "Tho truth is, that under frenzy arising out of conditions then arid now prevailing they have fallen under the control and direction of a few political desperadoes, most of whom were not Democrats, or were driven into a false position, tho enormity of which they did not for a moment comprehend. Bo that as it may, it is not profitable to spend time in seeking after or classifying classes. Wo are today 'face to face with tho fact that the great'Democratic party which wo so loved dud served, the party of Jefferson, Jackson, Tildeu, Hendricks and Cleveland, the national party, which knew neither section nor distinction among tho people; tho conservative party, which shunned all experiments and vagaries in government and stood jealously and earnestly for the constitution; the party of law, and which always taught that the only real liberty was liberty under law, and has been transferred to nesv leadership and is today dominated by tho spirit and personality of a tramp from Ohio, an anarchist from Illinois, and a belated secessionist from South Carolina. "I know that much is said about the claim of regularity and tho duty of members of the party to support its nominees. If I may bo permitted to again make a personal reference, no man has ever more strongly asserted this duly than myself. Throughout the state of Indiana there has passed current in the press my own assertions to tho effect that tho only man who is a Democrat is the man who votes the Democratic ticket, and that no profession of faith could determine a man a partisanship; but the sole and only test is how he votes at the election. I believed that assertion when I made it; 1 believe it now, and, as you shall presently see, am qnito willing to be judged by the test I put to others, and be classified according Jo my- owa rule. As to Bolting. "But the sufficiency of the objections raised against the Chicago platform are not to bo determined by this consideration of party regularity at all. We hear much of bolters nowadays-, but the term cannot properly bo applied to any man who dissents from the action of the 'Chicago convention. For the second time in tho history of the country tho refusal of au enormous number to support the ticket arises, not from objections to the men nominated, but to the platform. Heretofore bolting, socalled, has arisen out of refusal to support particular candidates because of personal objections to thom. Now the objection is deeper aud more vital, because, while nobody in particular objects to the.personahty of tho candidates • named in Chicago, almost every Democrat dissents from tho platform except those who fail to give the matter thoughtful and impartial consideration, or those who are hidebound by party prejudice, hoodooed by party name, or infected by the prevailing cowardice as to-party desertion. And, indeed, this 'platform is a most astounding screed, so different from anything heretofore delivered by tho Democratic party, that it would not be recognized as a Democratic platform except that its authenticity is otherwise fully established. Read in the light of the. circumstances under which it was adopt-j ed, aud considering the influences by which it was croatod.'it is seen to be a jumble of Populism, nullification, lawlessness and dishonesty, abhorrent from an^ point of view. I am aware that it •will not. do. to merely indulge in a general denunciation of this platform with .' ii_J_ _««. of laaaf cfimft fir tllf era e out pointing ont at least some of the. parts Which are objectionable. Those who support it do much complain that, while it is much denounced, there is an absence of -specification-.': This is agnst complaint, and I dp, not; propose to submit myielf to it, though, -to be sure ; the limits of this modest, effort will, not permit' a dUoussion.of . : ali: the; .objectionable ll"tvDtopoie to consider -fome 61 'the matte?! Auertion; and tion it may •ttrprtae yon Bin not tncjlned to. discuss. the'Money plank at all. The land is covered with orators going about discussing the money question. In my judgment the only criticism to bo made upon the campaign now being waged a;- iiist the abominable doctrines proclaimed at Chicacois that the ..money qnestion is being "given too much prominence, and tho result is that a vast majority of our people think that the only question of vital importance between the parties is u currency proposition. xAnd tho man- norin which tho discussion is carried on makes • the mutter even worse. It is pitched-on the same low plane that the tariff discussion was placed during recent campaigns, an appeal to the self- interest of those who -listen. Tho discussion should rise higher and stop far short of where it now goes. I make it a'quo'stion of patriotism, not ot f pocket, and declare to you that, inasmuch as the free silver proposition at the threshold involves partial repudiation of the public debt, to the payment of which tho national honor is pledged, and partial repudiation of private debts, to the payment of which the individual faith of millions of our citizens has been pledged, then I say I will not stop to discuss the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages of a system which cannot bo given even a trial except nt the awful expense of national dishonor and wholesale private dishonesty. Populism, Not Democracy. "Nevertheless there are things in the Chicago platform, stated either directly or by innuendo, beside which the enormity of all this sinks into insignificance. These things can only be properly understood when considered iu the light of circumstances which surrounded and the forces which dominated the convention that adopted them. Let us see: The very atmosphere in which the Chicago convention assembled was charged Viththespiritofinsubordiuation.treach- ery and a departure from tho time honored principles of the party. Observant men saw tho beginning of tho end when our own state convention assembled at Indianapolis. At the capital of tho great Democratic state a party assembled which in the past, so far as the memory of man extends, had been distinguished for its fairness, tolerance, conservatism, obedience to party xisages and adherence to party principles. But in June all was changed. Though thousands were to comprise the convention a midnight caucus held in the bedroom of an-Indianapolis hotel settled all questions of party policy. For the first time in the history of the party tried and trusted men long associated with its fortunes sat silent in its councils, even when they were graciously permitted to remain as mnto spectators. The very walls of the convention hall foreshadowed the destruction of the ancient Democracy. Among the trappings of the hall there was found no room for tho honored face of the president of the United States, of Thomas A. Heudricks, Joseph B. McDonald or Isaac P. Gray. These honored features were hidden away out of sight because their very presence would have been a rebuke to the purposes proposed aud -the. results there accomplished. We saw the chairman of the state committee, a vigorous, earnest and honest Democrat, driven from his place as a ward delegate of tho city of Indianapolis at the behest of men who did not question his election to tho seat, but only coveted it that they might prostitute it. The gag rule took the place of fair discussion. Populism supplanted Democracy, and the convention was rich in promise of what was afterwards to occur at Gnicago. "When tho convention mot in Chicago riot was in full sway. Those who favored the strange doctrines thereto be proclaimed, and those who shrewdly guessed that out of the hysteria and hurly-burly there, created they might obtain for themselves some prominence or profit, vied with each ofiher in frantic efforts to appear the more devoted to tho bad cause about to be espoused. It began with bold and bitter criticism of the presidsaJ of (he United States, This, great man, the- only, president elected by the party in a quarter of ^century, yet in the execution of tho duties of his high office, carrying the standard of. the party to loftier hights than it had ever attained within the knowledge of any man now living, was the favorite object of attack by the small souls and slanderous tongues jthere assembled to mingle and to chatter. In the lobbies of tho hotels, through interviews in newspapers, iu every conceivable way these harpies songht to advertise their fealty to Populism, and to magnify themselves by brutal slander of the president of tho United States. A Fittlne rilmax. "It found its.climax when a mountebank who disgraces a. southern st.at« in tho senate 6f the United States oiVercd a resolution for tho adoption of tiisit Convention which disgraced that- ^invention, in^that it allowed it'to b-j raud. Tho inswtutions of the party worunt- tacked. |Uf anything has evor bowi os- tablislteHin the Democratic party it was th^feizht of states to bo represented in a convVtion by.duly chosen.ilulp- gatos. Yet, for the purpose of obtaining the requisite majority in that con- jjfention, without the shadow of right, Ifvithout even the pretense of n contest, iiuly elected delegates from-the state of ^Michigan were excluded from the floor \nd their places filled' by men who had no' shadow of a title to represent, or rather misrepresent, the people' of that state. And by the same revolutionary methods the representation of the state of Nebraska was denied to-, the Democratic party of that state., Its represen- ventio4f%t should jr.stly oUrni to in flnenco tfiv >osnU in flv.i clecviou of a president? The Chicago convention doslared: . , , " 'We denounce arbitrary interference by fcdcuil authorities in loonl.af- fairs as a violation ni: tha constitution of thu United St:i;i:.;;ind a crime against free institution!'.' "Wo- sill know w!'.;:t this means. Chk'iie-o was iu tlw h.-imls -of :i mob. Private property was hoing destroyed. Innocent persons wore- bcin;r terrified aud maltreated. M;iiis were delayed and interfered with'. Women and children were sall'orhis: for food and water upon-trains'that were standing still on the hot prairies of- Illinois. The mandates of the courts wo.ro set ut de.'iauce, their o'liucrs resisted and beaten, tho local blficras of tho state were either cunning, inomcifut or terrorized. Tne president of the United States restored order, protected the property of tho gov- eminent and enforced obedience to the judgment of the courts. For this a grateful nation applauded him aud the senate publicly approved him. But ho had offended one small soul, an unfaithful public servant, the governor of Illinois, and at his behest the convention of this powerful p,arty, by this deliberate declaration, became a party to his infamy, which denied the right of the president of the United States to enforce (he laws of tho United States within tho several; states of the Union. It is almost disheartening to find that any considerable collection of men can be found at this late day to thus deliberately declare the exploded doctrine of nullification, which was tho twin of sectionalism and the parent of secession. If the long aud bloody war for the preservation of the union settled anything beyond question, it settled the fact that in this Union, in the execution of its powers and assertion of its own prerogatives, the authority of the United States is supreme. Nullification is as dead as its apostle, John C. Calhonu, and he who seeks to revive its spirit by reopening tho question must not expect to escape being classed as any enemy of public peace and the security of the Union. Tho thing that lives and endures is the truth proclaimed by Andrew Jackson in his famous toast proposed as a defiance to the milliners: 'Our federal union, it must be preserved. cra ., tatives were driven from the:haU and a delegation of Populists, headed, by the man'who'was afterward nominated for' president of- 'the- United -'Stafef,' was elected in triumph .and welcomed with applause. Was.it strange that, out of the meeting of men.so-drunk with, their, own. temporary power ,and'..importance,, io'reff'ardless'of party.usages, so. lawless as ; t;o the"rights of -fellow Democrat*, there should" have beon Devolved -a. platform, the* most 'grotesque declaration that has ever emanated from any con- Mob llulo Invited. "Again the convention declared: 'We especially object to government by injunction" as a new and highly dangerous form of oppression.' This open attack upon and denunciation of the courts grows out of the fact that the United States courts were used as an instrument with which to support and enforce the laws of the United States. A declaration like this is a species of anarchy. It invites the rule of the mob. Liberty under aud subordinate to the law is the only real liberty. Liberty in defiance to law is license, the tyranny of the powerful, tho rich, the strong, the oppression of the weak, the poor, the obscure. If there is anything in the American government in which every citizen has au active and earnest interest it is in the preservation of that system of jurisprudence established for the enforcement of justice and tho equal protection of all. And among all the powers asserted by the courts none is so wise or benevolent as this same power of injunction here denied. To indulge iu this declaration was but a concession to the lawless element of misrule, kindred to tho denial of the right of the president to enforce the laws aud was a concession to anarchy and communism. "The platform declares: 'We are opposed to life tenure in the public service ' This is au attack either upon the indgos of our national courts or np- . on the system, of our civil service which now prevails as to minor places. -I am inclined to think it means the latter, and is an open bid for return to the spoils system, which so long disgraced, degraded and liaricd the public service It is tho first time since its adoption that either of the two great parties has dared attack this most excellent system. While • I think that some reforms and changes in the manner of examinations are desirable and will be accomplished, nevertheless the permauance and security of- tho system, its greatest merit, can never be successfully attacked. It lias always been a Democratic doctrine, and is of Democratic origin and growth. It has been strengthened, extended and upheld to a greater extent by President Cleveland than by all others combined. It is fast taking out of our politics the canker and .evil which is one fruitful source of. debauchery. It has. had the justification and approbation of thewis-. est minds in b:th parties. It is fixed in the system of our country and no wild- eved'denuuciatiou can serve to shake it. Yet these party marplots, in their anxi- etv to appeal to every class of dissatis- fie'd and-discontented voters and thereby increase the sleirfor chances of then- own -success,- pr^tically demand that, with'each prosiuoiitial election all the positions of tho government shall be placed at tbo mercy of tho spoilsmen and distributed by congressmen . aud senators as rticir private perquisites. Such denunciation is useless aud is only valuable in showing to what desperate straits the Democratic party has been driven in its search for votes. Sortlnniili.Hin F'retirhed. "If any doubt existed as to tho atmosphere under which this platform was formed and the nomination made, and tho baleful influence that it has exerted upon tho people of this country, the campaign since made in support of tne nominees of. the Chicago convention would supply the proof. Sectionalism, a thing now to tho Democratic party, «. thiiiK deprecated and denounced by every one of the patriots of our country from beginning until now, has been openly and definitely preached. The candidate for president himself started into the enemy's country, and from 1 that day to-this it has been loudly-proclaimed from 1,000. places that there is m.this country a difference in interest, a difference in-patriotism, an inequality in tho way the public burdens are borne, and a hostility, between ^ tho. people, erowing'out of the accidental matter ot their homes being in different sections of the country.r : •' > ' '••"•'.-'' "An effort -is [being made .to array tne west and south, against, the north and east, and create the impression that the people of these two sections are not only nvals in business, but are ahens • in interest and hostile in feeling.. Baser yet lathe effort to, teach the; people of ths country that its citizens are divided into classes according to than- accidental con- ditioW,.in We., Orators, parade; .the country preaching abont the massea and the 61aM>es,.as it' thereby American eta- zeniWe'to be distingniahedronefrom the other. They appeal to the:onpidity,. the envy and-the necessities of one »• called class to arouse hatred toward another, and in this bad effort they are sowing the seeds of discontent. They ore implanting in young and half- formed minds lessons foreign to American institutions, teaching people that envy and -hatred can be made a substitute for honest endeavor and patient industry; that the duty of building one's self up ought to be abandoned in an effort to pull one's neighbor down, and-are thus creating among her before contented and happy people a spirit of discontent and despair, which it will require a ceneration to remove. ?, t » * * ' * * "It may offend some of you for me to speak of the party which mot at Indianapolis as the third party, because I believe the principal bone of contention between the folks who met at Chicago and at Indianapolis is as to which is the real, genuine, name-blo\\fc-iu-the-bottle Democracy. One or the other of them, however, is the third party. It was not to be supposed that the odious performance at Chicago was to co unrebuked. It was not to be believed for a moment that even strength of party feeling and tho regularity of the convention would be sufficient to force this ticket and platform down the throats of all the self- respecting Democrats in the United States. Genuine Democrats. "The demand for another convention was quick and widespread. The summons sent out inviting the scattered hosts to the late Democratic party to assemble at Indianapolis breathed patriotism in every line. The personnel of the convention assembled iu response to the appeal disclosed the devoted, the wise, the unselfish Democrats from every state in the Union. They were men who had borne its burdens, fought its battles, endured its defeats and shared its victories. It was a convention of genuine Democrats, but it was not a convention o£ the Democratic party. Its platform was ideally Democratic. It nominated for its candidates two men of national jcnown, honest, brave and patriotic; and besides, it nominated for president a Democrat who voted for Cleveland and Stevenson in 1802, and that is what no other national convention has done this year. But it was not the convention of the Democratic party. Its ticket has been received with approval by pure and patriotic men of tho organization in every part of the Union, from President - Cleveland to the most obscure citizen, but none of these things will avail to make it the regular Democratic organization. "The avowed purpose of the movement is to maintain the principles of the party, to preserve the ark of the covenant, so to speak, and at the proper time to again rally the .party under the true banner and go forward to the accomplishment of tho ancient purposes. Whether these are all the reasons which led to tho assembling of this convention I am not so sure. The gentlemen who participated in it doubtless to some extent deceived themselves. While they claim and I cheerfully accord to them the highest degree of self-sacrifice and patriotic desire for the party's good, it may well be doubted whether there are not some selfish elements existing even in that organization. I grant .yon that these men may not know that any selfish purpose dominates them, but may there not be some feeling of resentment because at Chicago others were honored and preferred in leadership to them? May there not be some desire for future preferment, which leads them to hope that in the reorganization of the party they may stand for the real article and wield its power and influence? And is there not certainly a beyond qnestion in it all—an element of fear which hesitates to openly-renounce party, and which is wedded to name aud form rather than to substance and fact? May not these things to some extent have controlled the action of these gentlemen in calling and conducting their convention? Cannot Succeed. "Cheerfully according to them, however, the greatest credit for loftiness of purpose and purity of aim, I dare charge aud undertake to prove that they will fail These men" only, hope to have a dominant and powerful party when they shall have recalled its former membership to reason and gathered it again under the o!,d standard. But it seems to me sufficient reason why this hope will not be realized is found in the fact that under far better, conditions these same men wers unable to force their views upon a majority of the party. All their labor, pleadings and threats were unavailing to turn the party aside from its march to doom in recent weeks, Mow, then, can they successfully claim that when the- voters, debauched with the false teachings of this campaign, shall return disheartened and defeated at its close that out of this same constituency decreased in power, lessened in integrity they can ever erect a party which shall take the place of the tractable, conservative, law-abiding old Demo^"Moreover, is there not something in the claim which others have been uiak-. ing about us for a long time, that our party cannot . successfully govern the country? You and I have been very 111- dicnant at this charge, and have loudly declaimed against the idea that one body of American citizens, when it amounts to a majority and is based upon accidental political associations, does not contain as nmoh patriotism and m- tolli'-encc as another of approximate size I would not care to dispute tne truth of this view. But still that does not answer {he question. Is the Democratic party iu> capable or,ftovc : rumg the country as its adversary? If not. why nof- Assumiuc that an equal amount of intelligence and love of country exist under each organization, may there not b" another reason why the Democratic party has thus far, in discharging its duties when in power .fallen short of the high, standard which' those who voted its ticket and rejoiced m its success expected it to attain? I ask this question, and I leave you to answer it to vour own. consciences. "Is it not .true that in the Democratic party leadership and independence and courage are : 'not regarded as m the Re- pub]ican:orRanization? . If any instance Fs wanted. I wiU. ask .yon why-Grover Cleveland, brave, original, independent, thoroughly imbued w ith ; love of country and desire to serre his party, has from the first, been. upbraided, opposed and finally deridea and hated *as he rs todaybythe great mass of the Demo- cratibpW ^Thy.is it that a leader and thtokeV.and a patriot like this is so abominably treated by members of his own'pirty'whUe -demigognM. without origiM"*7-'^ thout mrention. purpos- IBK nothing and attempting nothuw for the benefit of their country, merely si ltd ieekiug the level of the lowest strat»'*C; tho party and pandering to the wiiMM and passions of that element of o» party for the sake of office, are held in' the highest esteem as the party's idafcs aud its richest prizes awarded -.to..iherf Something Radically Wmnf. 'May wo not conclude thatifier* if something radically wrong with.an organization where intelHgeucc.leadeisb^? nnd independence are handicapod /aa& obstacles to success? Assuming, howwwi. that it were possible, by patient wxufc and long waiting, to induce the party to retrace its steps and again st.ind.biJL the firm, high ground it once occupied,are not these gentlemen who are dcT-otiajK themselves to the work undertaking» thankless task? As for me, I hare no stomach for the job. The great mass <Jfi the Democratic people of this <x»nby were always loyally devoted ta the preservation of the Union, aud d-jruiK the bloody war between the settionB they did their duty as such. Yet.*!:o86 of us Who cast our first vote 23 J-JIMS ago found tho party distrasrcJ. a.aa abused simply, because a ;•••->--' office seekers, machi:i" •• ' ->•• party cormorants h:iil. >.- •"•'able utterances anu r.:: . .- • to commit the party in ;•:••';." *•• union, placed tlio whc.lu p_:rs!.!:c bership under the Iran. "Some of us struggled for a quu ._ a century to outlive old men's <;ariizcte and remove the effect of these -old v^stakes and wrongs. Finally it Intel i«en. accomplished. We stood in possession of the government, with the -greataC: Democrat of all in the presidential -cuau:, when the marplots, and some «£ tbe- very same men who caused the troahlfi before, have kicked the party into tbo mire of communism and Populism. Hoar we ara asked to undertake another 2fe years' joun-.ey through the wilderuew to restore the" partj- to its stacdjiirr irt the community and to pur, it in suck repute that it iniiy go at large with, re giving bond to keep tho peace. As_t said before, I have no stomach for the task. ' "Since our country is of necessity governed by parties, it. is the-duty oc every man to give his support to one ox the two great parties, and to casS iuc vote in such a way as to actually influence the result. The right of sD$Ira«fs is a sacred trust, and no man caa fcuJjr discharge his duty by going to the polio merely as a matter of exercise SMI throwing away his vote. No swisioto man'fishes in a cistern or wastes ma ammunition firing at the moon. And, coming again to the matter of insincerity in politics, it may be observed that this trait is not entirely confined to some of the people who are snpporfioi; the Chicago ticket. Whatever the future purpose of those who named tan national Democratic ticket, no one win dispute that the present one is the elee- tion of the Republican ticket. What can be more grotesque than this thing of running one ticket for the purpose of electing another? I ask you, is it no* the more sensible thing, is it not the more manly thing to directly and openly espouse the cause^ of and vote for toe Republican ticket? The Tariff Question. "But, you say, there's tho tariff question; how shall we get over that? For myself, I confess that in the hard school of experience I have been taught to modify my views as to the tariff- Tb» theory our"party has held is a beautiful one. aw attractive subject for the stnmp speaker, indeed, au ideal theory; tat has not experience demonstrated tnas, like all other, ideals, it is the unattainable ? We fought for it in three election* •md got licked in two of them, and than •we finally succeeded with our theoty and elected a president, a senate,..* house of representatives, and had * cabinet assembled, all for tariff for re*^ euueonlv,andeverythin«seemedlovely- •• What was the result? After a lone and tortuous session, the delay and uncertainty of which paralyzed the*o*ness of the country, our tariff predne- tion came forth. What was then pre- jnulgatod? An awkward, ill-conceivai measure, differing from_its predecesMK only in degree, one which has disturbed business, has failed to produce the rew- nue necessary for Uje pnrposes of 4I» government, an epitome of failure, U* joint production of many authors, y* despised and hated by each other, nondescript brat which no one.wool father, and for which tho.president,' the United States very properly refna. to stand godfather by affixing his signature of approval. • -To my mind the future prosperity dt this great nation will bo most surely reached by a system of sound money.* tariff sufficient to produce revenue afl- -iusted in the interest of our own vnt- zens, and a vigorous foreign policy, which shall make reciprocal trade n« only an advantage to ns, bat a necessity to all our neighbors upon the American continent and among the western sea-. ,Snch a policy will carry the flag and «J» commerce of our country around tho, world. All how* to tho Rcpnohoux party in that it now stands for all ttteie; things. It made great sacrifices to do so It sacrificed the support of RtAtaa rather than retain them at a price whifla "Laying aside old quarrels, Torgetfiqc old differences and coming with unbir- ased minds to a consideration of presanB emergencies, it must be admitted -.tor candid men that, cither from choiceoc through force of circumstances, the Ha- publicau party today struggles for ;fl» best interests of the American peoplfe Its platform is distinctly right npon.ti» questions that arc now agitating-^»; public mind. Its candidates man&J&r accept that platform in all its !_„, and stand today for that wlncB is ! laudable in politics, most conducive the public peace aud the preservation the "public honor. At least _--. these things; and sO j believing,-giro*. this oartv my vote and cheerful suppott- "I P do not overlook the trcmendoae nricc which every man pays who !>**" fers Ins country to his party, andi £to allows his patriotism to come betwo», him and his former political asscc*- "ions. . It.means that he mustaba»4» all hope of political preferment, and ta> ever lay his ambition upon the altar«ff his country. Those who are not wOtar, to make such a sacrifice may sm^r. their own course; I have chosen _ Belieyingthatso tong » *"•"*£ party and its without .t . pose shall be one of o flajf, now and forever.

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