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party in New York as in Richmond. It means further, in the light of the plat
Cincinnati Enquirer (Dem.), September 27, form, that the socialistic and agrarian elements are in control of the new party It is, of course, impossible to give any estimate of what Mr. George's vote will there, and are running the machine upon principles contrary to ideas of right and be; but it will prove a surprise to good ju
if it shall fall short of twenty thoujustice, and contrary to the genius of our free institutions. This movement is but sand, and his friends claim twice that. If the two branches of the Democracy a symptom of the disorders which now aflict the body politic. The remedy is could get together upon one good candidate they ought to have no difficulty in simple; let Democrats stand by their colors.
winning, for they have a majority of fully thirty thousand votes to spare. If they New York Graphic (Dem.), September 28.
can not do this, the election of the Republican nominee is more than probable. MR. GEORGE ostensibly regards his prospects of success in the coming contest
New York Star (Dem.), September 25. with the utmost satisfaction and complacency. In fact, he seems to think that he The nomination of Mr. Henry George as the Labor party's candidate for mayor is already as good as elected. From one point of view it is sad to contemplate offers a new and strong argument in favor of the union of the two Democratic such a spectacle. It does not require any large knowledge of political affairs to factions on a candidate for that office. Of course Mr. George's strength is an unforesee that he will not stand much chance of winning a campaign on such an ab. known factor in the political problem of the present year, but it will probably be surd and revolutionary platsorm as that upon which Mr. George bases his hopes of much greater than that of any previous labor candidate. The greater part of it an election. Rank socialism and communism such as are enunciated in the plat will probably be drawn from the Democracy. form of the Labor party of this city can never command the support of the free American workingmen.
New York World (Dem.), September 26.
MEN vote for candidates for mayor for reasons which have nothing to do with
the duties of the office. There are Republican and Democratic candidates, but There is nothing very serious, and, indeed, little that is very comprehensible, neither Republicanism nor Democracy enters into the proper conduct of municiin the platform, except the proposal to abolish all taxes on “buildings and improve pal administration. Mr. George's theories will neither make him a bad officer nor inents” and tax the land only. The feeling throughout this Slate, however, a good one. Neither will the fact that a man understands the mercantile business especially among the farmers, that personal property is not taxed sufficiently, now make him a good or a bad mayor. is so strong that this plan of not only making buildings personal property, but exempting them from taxation, is not likely to get very much nearer to realization in
Brooklyn Times (Rep.), September 24. our time. The rest of the document is given up to the general « arraignment" of The workingmen evidently mean business, and politicians of every kind will wicked men and bad laws, in which all platform-makers delight.
watch their movements with intense and anxious interest. They have numbers Necu York News (Dem.), September 26.
and influence enough to elect their candidate if they hang together, but the poli
ticians are adroit and alert, and will leave no effort untried to break the ranks of MR. GEORGE has written learnedly and well in behalf of the interest in behalf of
labor. The count of the votes on election day will determine how far they have labor, but it has not yet been demonstrated that he has administrative qualities. been successful. It is one thing to elaborate a theory on paper and another thing to give it beneficent practical demonstration. As a rule American workingmen do not embark
New York Commercial-Advertiser (Rep.), September 28. impulsively upon political experiments, and the most of them in this city will, no WHAT perfectly fit man shall we have for mayor? That is the one question of doubt, abide with the partisan organizations with which they have been identified, largest concern in politics this year, and it is time for earnest work toward finding unless induced to desertion by the discords of the factions, and by unworthy and the right answer. If any one of the factions, Republican or Democratic, will unpopular nominations.
nominate such a man and support him in good faith they will have such help as Chicago Times (Dem.), Siplomber 27.
never before in electing him. MR. GEORGE and his supporters are doubtless doomed to disappointment what
Brooklyn Union (Ind.), September 27. ever the result of the election. His candidacy is a mistake from whatever point
It is noteworthy that though the Prohibitionists are much more prominent as a of view it is regarded. It will do the trades-unions of New York no good to make
political force in many communities and prominent in more communities than the him mayor, for he will be unable to do anything for them in that office. It will
labor unions, the Prohitionists candidate for mayor of New York has hardly been certainly not promote their “ cause ” to be beaten. The entire movement is based
heard of, while the talk about the George campaign increases in volume every on false conceptions of the province of government, and erroneous ideas as to the
Troy Telegram (Rep.), September 27.
HENRY GEORGE says
he would not be surprised if he received 90,000 votes for It is just as well that Henry George should be a candidate for mayor of New
mayor of New York. The politicians all say, however, they will be surprised if
he gets 20,000 votes; but it looks just at present as if the politicians and not Mr. York, because the vote he will receive will to some extent reveal the strength of
George will experience the greatest surprise. the element in this county that believes in George's modification of the doctrine that “private property is robbery.” According to George the Government should
Providence Journal (Rep.), September 27. own all landed property, the private citizen none. By that means he would give As a candidate, Henry George does not represent the theories he has cham every man a home whether he was worthy of one or not, we suppose. The idle pioned in his books, but simply that general dissatisfaction with life's conditions and vicious would have like provision with the industrious and virtuous.
which the poor man always feels when the rich man's carriage spatters mud over Boston Transcript (Ind.), September 24.
him as it rolls by. As Mr. George would not consent to run except the names of thirty thousand
Boston Post (Dem.), September 25. men pledged to his support could be obtained, his candidacy is no joke. In the It may be said that no man ever ran for mayor of New York city on so queer a present division of parties Mr. George's thirty thousand men, should they stick, platform. But as there will probably be four other well-supported candidates in might put him pretty near the mayorally, as such a number would be a great temp the field, his chances are not bad to make a considerable showing at the polls
. tation for some of the factions. Mr. George is an avowed, but purely theoretical, socialist, and but for that fact it might be a good thing to have all the other parties in the metropolis demoralized by a Workingmen's movement in his favor.
ECHOES FROM SALT LAKE.
Allanta Constitution (Dem.). ical party organization exclusively their own, they could not have found a name It is charged that under the present governor of Utah the Mormons have been to head their ticket more acceptable in every respect and to all classes than that allowed to continue their immoral practices without interruption. The saints” of Henry George. The vote yesterday on his nomination for mayor was signifi are no longer arrested, imprisoned, and fined, and their religion is again in a cant and of good omen. If another great labor movement in local politics is to flourishing condition. Within the past six months the Mormon immigration to sweep through the country like that of 1877–78 it is well that its beginnings this country has undoubtedly increased, and it is a fact that the Mormon elders should be so entirely creditable.
and missionaries have been actively at work in several Southern States, making Chicago News (Ind.), September 25.
proselytes and sending converts to Utah and Arizona. Perhaps the present gen:
eration will not see the end of this cruel and monstrous fraud. The problem is a MR. GEORGE's nomination is an omen of the advent of a class of men in American difficult one to deal with. How to abolish Mormonism without resorting to a de politics such as the last few years has brought 10 the front in the English parlia gree of inhuman
severity has puzzled our wisest statesmen, and is likely to puzzle ment. This country must also have its Broadhurts and Burts, its Liecesters and them for some time to come. Crawfords, and Wilsons and Macdonalds-men who, from the loom and the pit
, sword, and yet it would seem that no milder measures have any effect
No one desires to lay Utah waste with fire and the quarry
and the smithy, have taken their places in the councils of the nation, serving on commissions with princes and teaching them, and filling offices in the
Salt Lake Herald (Dem.). administration and gracing them.
EVIDENTLY the editor of the Constitution hasn't kept posted on Utah matters Charleston News and Courier (Dem.), September 28.
or he would know better than to say, “ The « saints are no longer arrested, in
prisoned, and fined.” It was only a few days since the Flerald published a list of Ir Henry George be elected, New York will be free from danger of nepotism and eighty-five cases of alleged violations of the Edmunds law now pending before the corruption, so far as the mayor can control it; and, whether he be elected or not, it is a third district court of this Territory. The marshal and deputy marshals, United striking evidence of improvement and advancement in the conditions of the times States commissioners and judges are busy in prosecuting these cases. If there bas that such a man as he—so unselfish, so sincere, so stainless-should be taken up
been any breathing spell granted to the Saints, they haven't been so fortunate as by the masses of the people as their champion in the fight with the classes, and should come near to winning the election, if he can not actually reach the goal.
to find it out
yet. Perhaps their perceptive powers are not so acute in this maher as those of the editor of the Constitution. However, the Constitution says
when it says the Mormon problem is a difficult one to handle, and intimates that the first since the death of King Alphonsus, and the debut is sufficiently spirited
Las Novedades, New York (Ind.), September 23. patiently the insolence of carpet-bag Federal officials, and the insults of Federal
[Tra slated for PUBLIC OPINION.) judges; nerves them to brave the scorn of the unbeliever, fines, and imprisonment THERE has rarely been seen in the history of military revolutions in our country in the Utah penitentiary, and when the end of these things will come, they know a revolt so blindly concocted and so rashly attempted as the last reported from not. When a religion will lead men to endure all this, it may be depended upon Madrid. Never before has an outrage so criminal been committed as the odious that somewhere in its composition there is a spark of virtue, an element of scheme of rebellion at whose head General Villacampa, the night before last, divinity in it that is chaining its devotees to it in bands stronger than falsehood placed himself. At the cry of “Long live the Republic!” violating all their and wickedness can entwine about her followers. Supposed religious heretics, oaths and forgetting the honored uniform they wore, a general and other subunder a moral conviction that they were right in the stand they took, have always ordinate officers attempted the impossible enterprise of dragging the army and peobeen too strong to be prevailed against by the persecutions that bigotry incited ple into revolution, of overthrowing institutions which to day give us order and a against them. Their powers of endurance in bearing the infliction of cruelties government, of acclaiming a Republic in a country where there are no Repubhave ever been superior to the powers of their enemies to maltreat them. It will licans, and where the majority remember only with shame and horror the series of be so with the Mormons. If the world did but know it, the Mormon question is a humiliations which swept over Spain in the brief experiment of that form of govreligious controversy, and the Mormons bring into it that wonderful power to endure ernment–if, indeed, it merit the name—the state of anarchy to which a handful what they esteem persecution, that has characterized the race in every age of the of political montebanks, and the turbulent passions of the populace subjected our world. The Mormons may be in error in their social, political, and religious views, country. The attempt has failed, as failed those of Badajos, Carthagenia, and but if they are, the harsh treatment now practiced toward them is not the means San Domingo de la Calzado, without other result than to alarm the country for an that will convert them from their errors. It will only exasperate and outrage their instant, to realize, perhaps, some projected by-play, to make a sacrifice of fresh feelings and postpone the day that shall solve the problem. Ought not some victims to the ambition of certain men, and to augment the popular indignation other method to be tried than that which breathes of cruelty, or of fire and against the instigators of the sedition. The people of Madrid viewed with indiffersword ?
ence the absurd demonstration. It was sufficient for the troops to march against Salt Lake Tribune (Rep.).
insurgents to put them to flight; and the soldiers were convinced of the deception
of which they had been made the victims, whilst its chiefs and instigators repented It is a lasting pity that every member of Congress can not be made to read the Salt Lake Herald and Deseret News every day for six months, to learn the true
of having committed themselves to an enterprise which, without satisfying the spirit which animates the chiefs of this kingdom. They would find that though a
cravings of their ambition, subjects them to a responsibility of the gravest possible mountebank, all at once, by a bungling jugglery sprang into notice by claiming to
character. The present political situation of our country, the popularity and the be a prophet, and assumed the right to rule the world, though, from the start, his
approved utility for the people of the liberal government, which now rules its career was full of contention, through his antagonism to the laws; though, to his
destinies, and the sad and recognized history of Republicanism in Spain—tha
menace to the country which serves as a banner to conspirators, sufficed to demont assumption of a divine right to rule mankind, he, to cover up his own licentious
strate the impotency of whatever forces may be employed against that which the ness, pretended, by authority of God, to establish on this continent a form of polygamy more revolting and more steeped with excesses than the Mohammedan system;
bulk of the nation accepts, respects, and defends. The intelligence of to-day from still the followers and abettors of all this blasphemy, treason, and nastiness now
Madrid confirms what we said yesterday relative to the complete fiasco of the assert that the officers of the United States have no right to enforce laws which in
projected insurrection. Unfortunately, the vigorous repression of an outrage so terfere with institutions founded on fraud and crime; that the only redress for social
serious against military discipline and public order can not be carried into effect
without resulting in a claim for fresh victims and the shedding of Spanish blood, evils must come through a change of heart of the evil doers. They would, more
so profuse in all fratricidal conflicts. The speedy termination of the outburst over, discover that these sheets indorse any order made by the Mormon chiefs
demonstrates its extreme insignificance. We leave the unworthy office of exagand excuse or deny any Mormon crime. Further, they would obtain dimly an idea of all the wretchedness which can but follow when men, thus misguided, load
gerating its proportions to the enemies of Spain and to short-sighted publicists like
those of the Courrier des Etats-Unis, who behol “the dawn afresh of the era of themselves with wives and children, and are so poor that they can barely secure
revolutions in Spain,” a vision which united to the dark clouds, trials, and catasthe coarser necessities of life. Over all, they would hear that in Utah for an officer to perform his duty under his oath, causes him to be advertised as an unfeeling
trophes, which are accumulating over our country, reveals the real sentiments desperado and a would-be robber, and hear the defiance hurled back every day,
which the French republic entertains for the Spanish monarchy, and which so that this people never can be made, by force, to obey the laws of the land. Surely inopportunely converts itself into a prophet of woe. one of two things should be done. Over this alien host the sovereignty of the Republic should be stretched, or the Government should be candid enough to admit that it is not wise and powerful enough to deal with the fanatics who are en
MR. PARNELL'S APPEAL. trenched here behind these mountains, and who advertise their determination to be a law unto themselves, and every one of whom is bound in perpetual enmity to
New York Tribunc (Rep.), September 29. this Republic, and to all free governments, by an oath as dreadful and sinister as ever bound conspirators in any land. Surely it is time here for an advance which
MR. PARNELL's appeal to Irish-Americans gives warning of a crisis now immican not be resisted, or time for a swift and final and ignominious retreat.
nent. The great majority in Parliament against the tenant's relief bill leaves the
repression. Assured of the unwavering support of the Liberal-Unionists it has reTHE INSURRECTION AT MADRID.
solved to reject every concession that may be demanded by four-fisths of the Irish Courrier des Etats-Unis, New York (Ind.), September 22.
representatives. Between landlord and tenant, its sympathies are to be actively
enlisted on the side of the privileged classes. Evictions are to be invested with [Translated for PUBLIC OPINION.]
the full authority of the crown. Process-servers are to have a regiment behind The intelligence from Spain, following upon what we have already published, them if armed force be required. The landlords are to be protected in all suits confirm the suppression of the military revolt, but at the same time attribute to the for ejectment. The tenants are to pay the judicial rents or take the consequences movement greater gravity than at first appeared. Thus we learn that the insur of their poverty and despair. The power of the government is to be arrayed gents have taken possession of Morata, a neighboring locality to Madrid, and that against poverty-stricken and helpless tenants during the approaching winter of troops had been sent to dislodge them. All that we have heard proves that the famine and misery. In this emergency Mr. Parnell appeals once more to the insurrection was not confined to Madrid, and that it had ramifications beyond ; American friends of unhappy Ireland.
He asks for material and moral support and as the telegraphic news, the only intelligence as yet received, is really of gov for tenants who may be threatened with or exposed to eviction. If their rents are ernmental origin, it is probable that it will be necessary to wait for some days oppressively high they must be encouraged to stand out against the landlords, and longer in order that the whole truth may be known. Meanwhile, it is beyond if they are ejected from their holdings they must be shielded from starvation and doubt that the revolt has been crushed, and that the government has, for this occa despair. The approaching crisis will test to the uttermost their powers of selfsion, been saved from overthrow. It is also probable that the penalty will be se restraint. Injustice and a merciless execution of the law will stimulate eyil passion yere, for it is already announced that all the officers implicated in the affair will and desire for revenge. Agrarian outbreaks and riots will compromise the peacebe condemned to death. This intelligence is probably premature, but it is not to able character of the Nationalist movement, and sor this reason Mr. Parnell conbe doubted that examples will be made in accordance with the usage as constant siders it a matter of vital importance that there should be a large fund raised in as that of military insurrections in Spain. The time is not remote, in which America for the relief of the evicted tenants. He warns those whose generous there was no appreciable interval between two pronunciamentos; at a certain pe impulses have been so often stirred that the perils with which the home rule cause riod in the reign of Isabella I, one day it was announced that a revolt had been is now beset have seldom been equalled in the troubled history of the island. The suppressed, and the following another had broken out. That of last Sunday is aid for which he eloquently pleads will not, we are confident, bę withheld,
CANDIDATES AND ISSUES FOR 1888. From an almost exhaustless mass of speculation and opinion upon the next quadrennial campaign the following fairly representative extracts have been carefully selected. Should the reader note the fact that comment on the gentlemen who are assumed to be “in the field” is largely devoted to one person, he will please remember that it is the office of this journal to make a fair record of opinion from week to week, not to shape it.
CONCERNING MR. BLAINE.
Portland Oregonian (Ind.). Two things are equally notable. One is the steadfast devotion to Blaine of very large numbers of persons all over the country; the other is the peculiar bitterness of his opponents. To fair and independent minds the conduct of both sorts is altogether ludicrous.
Blaine is not a great statesman; he is a politician of multifarious resources, with an inclination to sensational expedients; and his greatest fault is that he acts upon these expedients rather than upon the dictates of solid judgment. He has a facility of expression and power of adapting his expression to time and occasion that are truly remarkable. Even in his best work there is always a touch of demagogy, but it is seldom so pronounced as to be offensive except to persons who are natural critics; while on the other hand it is the secret of much of his remarkable popularity. On the whole, his intellectual make-up renders him attractive to superficial minds rather than to persons of critical judgment, and, therefore, the very same qualities that give him a multitude of followers also bring against him many vigorous and extremely bitter opponents. And as on the one hand his followers are unreasonable in their ardent devotion, so on the other his adversaries are unreasonable and not seldom unjust in their violent and frantic opposition. As another Presidential contest approaches the frenzy of those who opposed Blaine in the last one—the Mugwumps—increases. In all the history of our politics there has been nothing like this extreme animosity.
It is the protest of the remnant” against the rule of the “multitude," and should Blaine actually be elected to the Presidency there would seem to be nothing lest for the Mugwumps, as represented by Harper's Weekly, the New York Times, and the Evening - Post, but self-expatriation and despair of the Republic.
Boston Globe (Dem.). The esteemed Transcript is laboring under the erroneous impression that we underrate the political potency of the Mugwumps. Far be it from us to do any such thing. We believe the Mugwumps have already had a marked influence on the political history of the country. We credit them with cutting down the natural Democratic majority of New York in 1884 to 1,100, and thus almost electing Blaine, and also with making Massachusetts, which might have been good fighting ground that year but for them, a sure Blaine State. This is their undoubted work in the past. That their future influence may be even greater we are not at all disposed to regard as impossible. The Mugwumps may finally elect Blaine if they keep on. Their capacity for reducing the regular Democratic vote has not yet been fully ascertained. There certainly is not another Republican President in the bloody shirt, but there may be one in the Mugwump. We hope not, but we have our fears. Maine returns do not augur well for the popularity of the Mugwumpized Democracy.
Detroit Tribune (Rep.). The New York Times prints with ill-concealed glee a story that the marriage of Mr. Blaine's son to a Catholic girl by a Catholic priest has caused a great many Republicans to abandon all connection with Mr. Blaine and his political future. The story goes that they have been apprehensive of the tendency to Roman Catholicism of members of the Blaine family, and this latest instance has convinced them that the Protestants of this country will never permit Mr. Blaine to be President. This absurd reasoning is on a par with the Times' generally imbecile logic where Mr. Blaine's alleged political ambition and purposes is concerned, and is manifestly put forth at this time in an effort to offset whatever new prestige has accrued to him through the splendid victory in Maine. It is plain that the Times in its malice will not hesitate to pursue the Maine statesman with all the disreputable materials and methods at its command.
Atlanta Constitution (Dem.). THEY say that Hon. Jim Blaine means to run for President next time. He has not said so in as many words but he has made signs to that effect. Colonel Caldwell, a New York politician, has been to see Mr. Blaine, and in the course of an interview the Colonel said Mr. Blaine's visit to Elmira, New York, during the last campaign was a mistake.
But," said the Colonel, “I trust the year 1888 will have corrected those mistakes when you are again the popular candidate of the great Republican party.” In acknowledgment of this pointed prophecy, Mr. Blaine stepped back, then deliberately and gracefully lifted his hat, and in an impressive manner bowed courteously. In the conversation that followed Mr. Blaine showed in every way that he expected and was willing to be the candidate of the Republican party in 1888. Colonel Caldwell considers this the most significant incident yet made public.
Brooklyn Eagle (Dem.). IF Mr. Blaine is disposed to try conclusions with the American people at the ballot box again, certainly no Democrat will object. They admire pluck even in the allopathic form of audacity and Mr. Blaine is nothing if not audacious. There is that about him which would make the lovers of " fun” in politics feel like wearing the usual badge of mourning if he were to permanently quit the field. Patriots who think that no shock is powerful enough to disturb ihe pillars of the Re. public, who look forward to each Presidential contest for a halcyon and vociferous
time, and who remember that Ben Butler is old, find solace in the thought that Mr. Blaine is comparatively young. His retirement would not eclipse the gaiety of our politics, but it would take off a good deal of the “ bead."
Alta California (Ind.). The champion of the knights in Maine, Mr. Beaumont, seems a tart-tongued gentleman, who had faith in the strength of merely personal attacks upon Mr. Blaine. That sort of politics has run its course in this country. Hereafter the man who is attacked will have the sympathy of the people. Mr. Beaumont deemed it overpowering argument to show that Mr. Blaine voted for land grants to the Pacific roads, “stealing” the lands of the people. What he should have done was to show that those roads ought never to have been built
, since their con struction was impossible without the public aid which they received. So, throughout his campaign, Mr. Beaumont heroically kicked and struck at Mr. Blaine's personality with the most inconsequential results.
Cambridge, Ohio, Jeffersonian (Dem.). THERE was no lack of funds to carry forward a most thorough canvass in Maine, yet the result is a beggarly and a decidedly decreased majority. This is significant from the fact that the distinguished candidate for the Presidency was on trial as a preliminary jog before the great race soon to be run. It is significant in another sense and in another direction, viz, Democratic administration is on trial before the people. This administration was fiercely assailed in the most studied manner by Mr. Blaine. The campaign was conducted on that issue mainly, yet the result sustains Mr. Cleveland and condemns Mr. Blaine.
Richmond State (Dem.). BLAINE always receives intimations that he will be the Republican standard. bearer in 1888 with a pleased smile and a gracious and elaborate acknowledgment He covets, evidently, a duplication of the honor of two years ago. With his superior knowledge of Republican methods and men he will, no doubt
, get there and thereafter the general disgust of the American people will manifest itself in a grander national bounce than he ever before realized or dreamed of. Evidently his Presidential pole will never be elongated sufficiently to knock off the coveted persimmon.
St. Paul Special to St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Rep.). The Republicans of Minnesota have not forgotten their late battle-cry: “Blaine! Blaine! James G. Blaine !” and are anxious to enter the lists in support of the magnetic man from Maine. The meeting of the State Republican Convention here to day brought together all of the prominent representatives of that party, Interviewed as to their first and second choice for President in 1888-they almost unanimously favored the nomination of the old ticket, hardly any other name being suggested.
Pittsburgh Times (Rep.). BEFORE the Maine campaign opened Mr. Blaine put to his friends in New York and some other States, but New York especially, if he carried Maine by declaring for the prohibitory law, what would it profit him? Before the election it was foreseen that what would be meat in Maine might be poison in other States. How it is Mr. Blaine is doubtless informing himself, if he has not already done so. Out of the canvass of the question may grow the reports referred to, one being that he is for Senator Allison in 1888, himself waiting till 1892.
Kansas City Times (Dem.). The Chicago Tribune is not impressed with the intentions of the anti-saloon conference. it insists that the point at issue is to quench thirst
, and that until the demand for liquor can be abolished paper prohibition of selling will accomplish precious little for temperance. The Tribune thus goes ahead of its candidate, Mr. Blaine, who believes that while a State thirst may be overcome a National thirst is unquenchable. It is to be hoped that these elements may be reconciled before the next National convention.
Cincinnati Enquirer (Dem.). THE Philadelphia Times has learned that Messrs. Edmunds and Conkling are to join forces to defeat Mr. Blaine for the Republican nomination in 1888. Mr. Conkling is about as far out of politics as a man well could be, and Senator Edmunds has few forces to speak of out of his own little State. But it is not unlikely that a greater power than either or both will accomplish the result men tioned--the general knowledge that Mr. Blaine would be overwhelmingly beaten.
Rutland Herald (Rep.). The question will be, not who can carry Maine or Vermont, or any other assuredly Republican State, but who can carry New York, Ohio and Indiana. "Ifit appears probable that Mr. Blaine can, he wil have a long lead; if not he will be out of the question. The party has no votes to spare and must put its best foot forward. We do not doubt that
Mr. Blaine desires Republican success, regardless of personal
Nashville American (Dem.). MR. BLAINE's best friend has admitted that he was defeated because the American people thought him too badly “smirched” to be trusted with the high ofice of President
, but he is not, and could not be too badly smirched for the politicians who control the Republican machine. It looks now as if it would be the old ticket, and, of course, the same old result.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat (Rep.). We have printed in all more than two thousand interviews, and have not received a single complaint or request for correction of the sentiments attributed to 1888; and much more than two to one of the Democrats interviewed are for
More than two to one of the Republicans interviewed are for Blaine in Cleveland in 1888.
“ MR. BLAINE'S GREAT VICTORY." NOTHING will prevent the Maine statesman from going before the nominating
The Irish World (Rep.). convention in 1888, and in the next campaign, as in the one that preceded it, the battle ground will be New York State. Mr. Blaine, whether nominated or not,
We use the expression,” Mr. Blaine's great victory,” advisedly. It was gener. will make a most active canvass in the Empire State for the benefit of the Repub- ally acknowledged that the result of the Maine election this year would be regarded lican party.
everywhere as an indication of Mr. Blaine's availability as the Republican standard
bearer in 1888. If the Pine Tree State had been carried by the Democrats, or if Illinois State Register (Dem.).
the Republicans had come out of the fight with a reduced majority, the DemoThe Chicago News is “unable to say by what arithmetical process Mr. James
cratic and Mugwump organs would have sent up a shout of joy. They would G. Blaine figures a Republican decrease of 11 per cent, as an endorsement of him,
have told us that James G. Blaine was politically dead. But they have “ heard and a Democratic decrease of 4 per cent. as a rebuke to the National Administra
the news from Maine ” and it has given them but small comfort as they are obliged tion.” The News should know that the “ audacity” of Blaine is equal to any
to confess that Mr. Blaine has lost none of his popularity. To-day he is stronger emergency.
with his party than he ever was before, and if the Republican National Conven
tion were to be held to morrow he would be renominated ananimously. The New Orleans States (Dem.).
Mugwumps know this very well. They had a faint hope that the Maine election BLAINE Owns an interest in a mine out West called “ Small Hopes " which gives would afford them an opportunity of proclaiming that the popularity of the man him an income of $100,000. He has also gone into a mine called “Big Hopes,” whom they hate for his pronounced Americanism was on the wane. If the Proin which he is digging for the Presidency; but it is panning out so poorly that it hibitionists had reduced the Republican majority the Mugwumps would have delooks as if Jim would soon be compelled to quit his claim.
clared that the falling off in the Republican vote was a sign that the Republicans Philadelphia Times (Ind.).
of Maine shared their views in regard to Mr. Blaine. But, to their utter confusion,
the unanimous voice of the American press proclaims that the glorious victory in MR. BLAINE will speak in Tennessee, Mr. Blaine will speak in Minnesota, Mr. Maine is largely due to the statesman whom they have tried to kill politically. Plaine will speak in Ohio and Indiana, and Mr. Blaine wilī speak in Pennsylvania. The importance of the Maine victory cannot be overrated. The election in that These quoted facts reflect the happy announcement of the organs and prove once State this year took on a sort of national character. The voters felt that they were more that Mr. Blaine is out of politics.
doing something more than voting for State officers. They knew that every ballot New Orleans Times-Democrat (Dem.).
cast would affect national politics two years hence. A Republican defeat would
have presaged defeat for the Republican party in 1888. For this reason the elecWe are glad to see that the South can leave its defense to the independent press of the North, which will meet and refute the slanders and false accusations made
tion assumed an importance that it otherwise would not have had. Few outside
of Maine knew the names of the gentlemen who were the candidates for the State against the South by Mr. Blaine in his bid for the Republican Presidential nomina
offices, but every one knew that Mr. Blaine was a commanding figure in the camtion.
paign just closed, and that his political future largely depended upon the result of
the election. The victory, therefore, is all the more welcome as it will be everyThe party did not jump at one bound from the Lincoln height to the Blaine
where construed as meaning that Mr. Blaine is still the foremost leader in the depth. The descent took twenty years, and was so gradual that only a small frac
Republican party. The belief that under his leadership the party two years hence tion of the party understood what happened when it landed on the Blaine plat
can win a decided victory has been considerably strengthened. Even so proform.-Rhode Island Democrat (Dem.).
nounced a Democratic organ as the Boston Globe is compelled to acknowledge A NEW YORK “veteran in politics” and “ temperance Republican,” who is also this. Commenting on the Maine election it says: “There is no use in denying a personal friend of James G. Blaine, breathlessly announces the startling discov that Mr. Blaine has carried Maine by a majority which, considering that it is an ery that Mr. Blaine wants the nomination to the Presidency in 1888. Is it possi off year, is fully up to the vote given for him in 1884. The logical deduction of ble ? - Cleveland Plain Dealer (Dem.).
this is that Mr. Blaine is now as strong, at least, as he ever was, and the inference
may not be unfairly drawn that, as in Maine, so in the country, he is still the most MR. BLAINE may read in the tariff resolution of the Republican State Conven
popular of all Republican leaders. Mr. Blaine's partisans may well claim that in tion of Minnesota a warning that he will run against a very considerable snag in
more senses than one the result of Monday's election in Maine makes it absolutely the upper waters of the Mississippi should he become a candidate for President in
essential to renominate their favorite in 1888.” It is not at all likely that any one 1888.– Philadelphia Record (Ind.).
will question this testimony of Mr. Blaine's strength, coming as it does from a The nomination of another man than Mr. Blaine by the Republican convention
Democratic organ. We sincerely believe that the Boston Globe expresses the of 1888, whether the nominee will be successful in the election or not, must be the opinion of the overwhelming majority of the Republican party. end of, Blaine's Presidential candidacy that has extended over a period of twelve years.—Buffalo Courier (Dem.).
EDMUNDS ON BLAINE. The New York Herald says: “ The best thing for the Republicans to do in
Richmond Whig (Dem.). i888 will be to nominate Mr. Blaine for President--that is, it would be the best thing for the Democratic party and also for the country." That is about the size
SENATOR EDMUNDS has squared his conscience by explaining his refusal to of it.-Richmond Whig (Dem.).
make speeches in support of Mr. Blaine in 1884. He says that he could not bring
himself to defend the record of such a man. The Petersburg Index-Appeal, reBULKELEY to receive the nomination for Governor in 1888, and Blaine to be ferring to this explanation, and also to ex-Senator Roscoe Conkling's sarcastic bon given the Connecticut delegation of that year, are among the points said to have mot, “ I am not engaged in criminal practice,” when appealed to to come to the been lately determined upon by the Republican bosses.—Bridgeport, Conn., rescue of the “ Plumed Knight,” makes the point that neither of the distinguished Farmer (Neutral).
gentlemen has any room to fling mud on the Maine statesman. We disagree with MR. BLaine is reported as doubtful whether he would care to contest the field
our Petersburg contemporary as to Mr. Conkling. The great New Yorker was again with Mr. Cleveland in 1888. The Republican party is beginning to be
proud, egotistic, dictatorial, over-bearing, and carried measures with a high hand, doubtsul whether they would care to have him— Omaha Bee (Rep.).
but he was open and candid in what he did, however partisan and selfish it might
be. His bitterest opponents never suspected him of crooked or underhand pracMurat HALSTEAD says that Blaine will yet sweep the country. If this means tices. Notwithstanding his personal unpopularity in Congress, his character as a that the voters will again wipe up the ground with him, there may be some truth representative was above reproach, and no official scandal ever clung to his skirts. in it.-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dem.).
So far as the public service was concerned he went out of Congress with as clean
hands as when he entered it. As between Mr. Edmunds and Mr. Blaine the difMR. BLAINE's overpowering influence in his own State seems to have kept the " third party” practically out of the field, and so far he had a great victory.,
ference in their public standing, as measured by a purely moral standard, is not so Petersburg Index-Appeal (Dem.).
wide as the former would have it appear. It is true, so far as is known, that Mr.
Edmunds never, in his official capacity, undertook to bolster such an undertaking We submit that this kind of " going down hill” on Mr. Blaine's part would as the Fort Smith railway by working up national legislation and procuring a land come mighty near making Mr. Blaine President in 1888, by a large majority.-grant for the purpose. He never, so far as is known, “cast an anchor to windMinneapolis Tribune (Rep.).
ward," in behalf of such a scheme, and certainly, whether he has secretly done Tue voice of Maine is for the old ticket, with Bodwell's barrel, Steve Elkins,
these things or not, he has been far too prudent to give himself away by writing the Indianapolis libel suit and the Mulligan letters thrown in.—Little Rock, Ar
confidential letters to a Mulligan or any other partner in iniquity. But Mr. kansas, Gazette (Deru.).
Edmunds is the paid attorney of land-grant railways, the affairs of which may at
any time involve Congressional action. It is for this reason that he is employed. Tuis election is a triumph for Blaine, and brings him again to the front as the He, perhaps, receives a larger salary as a retainer from the railway companies than strongest man in his party for the next Presidential contest.-Sacramento Bee his salary as Senator. Now, if the interests of these railways ever come in conflict (Rep.).
with the public interests, as they are likely to do at any time, does any one doubt THE only lesson taught by that election seems to be that Maine has had enough
-can any one doubt-on which side of the scale Senator Edmunds' influence will prohibition and enough of Jim Blaine.—Oshkosh Times (Dem.).
be cast ?' So, when the latter explains his refusal to support Mr. Blaine by saying
that his conscience would not permit him to defend the record of such a man, does SPEAKING of “ laying Blaine on the shelf,” where is the shelf that would hold it not sound somewhat pharisaical, to say the least? If Mr. Edmunds were nomihim ? - Youngstown Telegram (Rep.).
nated in 1888, could not Mr. Blaine, with just as good grace, declare that his conThe Republicans are sure winners, and Blaine has the pole at the start.-Globe
science would not permit him to defend the record of such a man--a man who, Republic, Springfield, Ohio, (Rep.).
while receiving a salary from the Government with one hand, pockets a railroad
retainer with the other? Assuredly he could. It is well to add that Senator Exit the Blaine Presidential boom. It dies unwept, unhonored, and unsung. Edmunds is not alone in this fee-taking business. Ten or twelve other Republican Florida Times-Union (Dem.).
Senators are likewise employed, and the people should constantly bear in mind
“ Under the circumstances it is hardly probable he will take
that their interests will never be safe in the United States Senate until these Sena either of the gentlemen, but it has always accorded to both too much good sense tors, with duplicate salaries, are placed in an impotent minority.
and sound Democracy to permit such a condition of affairs to grow .up. Neither of them was born yesterday, and they both know that such a contest as the Re
publicans have imagined would do nothing advance the interests of either. A BLAINE, SHERMAN AND INDIANA.
division of the New York Democracy in 1886 into two warring personal factions Cincinnati Enquirer (Dem.).
would be a very poor policy by any man in this State seeking a Democratic nomi
nation for President in 1888. The belief that the President and the Governor
AN OPINION FROM UTAH.
Salt Lake Herald (Dem.).
The death of Mr. Hendricks has put about somewhat those Democratic poliby a hair's breadth, threw out the “ Old Commander” and put in Mr. Garfield.
ticians who were counting on trying to boom the ticket of 1884 for 1888, and now Together, in the same room at Washington, Mr. Blaine and Mr. Sherman used they are looking about for somebody who will come nearest to filling the shoes of the same private wire that led to the room of Mr. Blaine's lieutenants at Chicago.
the dead Vice-President. It is recognized by all that New York and Indiana åre Upɔn this wire—so slender is the thread which supports history--the Grant com
the States in which the Democratic hopes must center; that the loss of either of bination broke. It was a sweet revenge to Blaine, but a costly one. Nor has it them will be equivalent to the loss of the election. Hence, the ticket must be been productive of political profit to Sherman. To the former it cost defeat in
made up from New York and Indiana. It is argued that Cleveland will carry his 1884. To the latter it is likely to lose the nomination in 1888. Blaine is against
State, and if there is a man in Indiana who can arouse the State pride and him, horse and foot. All his wires are laid, all his plans perfected. He will divide
patriotism as Hendricks did, all will be well. It is said that Voorhees has been the Ohio delegation next time as he did last, and our distinguished Senator, left approached on the matter, and that he emphatically refuses the place. If he has without the support of his own State, will pass through the same humiliating ex any position on the ticket it must be the top one, and that is out of the question, periences that befell him in 1880 and in 1884—that is, he will if James G. BĪaine Ex-Senator McDonald has not yet been spoken to on the subject, but he would can accomplish it. But the second thought which this report suggests is one of undoubtedly be as loth as Voorhees to accept a nomination to the Vice-Presidency far greater interest and far higher importance to the Democratic party than the on a ticket with Cleveland. If Hendricks himself had lived, nothing could have first. It is a well-known fact-indeed, he has himself repeatedly stated it—that if induced him to again take the second place with Cleveland. He was too good a Mr. Blaine had sailed at Chicago in 1884 he would have concentrated his whole Democrat, and had too much self-respect and too high a regard for his party efforts to secure the nomination for Senator Harrison, of Indiana. And why has principles to place himself in a position to be snubbed, and where he must see the he cooled on Harrison now? They are as great friends as ever. The Indianian President work against the best interests of Democracy. There are not many is as much his abject tool as ever. They work in unison as closely as of old. The Democrats with national reputation in Indiana, and it is doubtful if any of them reason is very simple. He knows that Harrison is doomed to defeat this fall; that could carry the State on a ticket headed by a man who completely ignored the idol a Democrat will succeed him in the Senate, and that he will stand before the of the Democratic Hoosiers, Mr. Hendricks, and who has done nothing to save country as a man out of politics for the rest of his life. He knows that it would the State which was rescued by so hard a struggle. However, it is idle to talk be a hopeless cffort to attempt the nomination of such a man. The loss of Indiana about Cleveland being the next nominee of the party. The dudes, the Mugwumps
, to the Republican party is indeed a certainty already “discounted” by Republic and the sentimentalists, fortunately, are in the insignificant minority, and their voice cans of intelligence. The “pocket borough,” as an esteemed contemporary calls will carry with it little weight either in convention or with the people. The it, will never again be in the pocket of the Republican party. It is well that Mr.
man the Democrats nominate will be one of whose Democracy there will be no Blaine sees it. But we weep for Harrison ; that is, we should weep but for the
doubt. If they can't find himn in New York they will seek him elsewhere, and is
OTHER PRESIDENTIAL SPECULATIONS.
Memphis Avalanche (Dem.).
SEVERAL persons are beginning to look to Gov. Foraker, of Ohio, as a possible STUDIED efforts are being made to keep up the impression that there is really no Republican candidate for the Presidency. The Avalanche about three months ago coldness between the President and Governor Hill, and that the Administration is nominated Gov. Foraker for this position. It wishes it understood that he is the quite indifferent to the political aspirations of the dashing Executive. There are Avalanche's candidate for
the Republican nomination. We know of no man who some things connected with the recent failure of the Democratic State Committee accepts defeat more gracefully. He would never make such speech as came from to nominate a candidate for judge of the court of appeals which go to show that Blaine's disappointment after his defeat. There is one claim made on behalf of there is a growing feeling of hostility between the friends of the President and the Gov. Foraker which must be abated. One ardent admirer says that he is the supporters of Mr. Hill, and that the blunder of President Arthur in interfering with greatest American ” of them all. Gov. Foraker is not great. He is a man of State politics is likely to be repeated by Mr. Cleveland. Although both factions fair average ability, of excellent moral character, of well proportioned qualities, not are anxious to make it appear that there are no antagonisms between the State and towering high at any one point, but well averaged up. He is in many respects National administrations, it is asserted that the friends of the Governor were aston full of narrow views and ancient prejudices, but he is also a man of sterling worth ished at the move made by the Manning men to defeat the Governor's plans. and personally popular with all who know him whether they be of one party or Prominent Federal office holders had their agents on the ground working to thwart another. His chief defect is that he is Northern and not National Not above the scheme which was supported by the friends of Hill The fact uld not be narrow views of his own and prejudices, and especially sectional prejudices and disguised that the influence of the Administration was clearly in favor of Peckham. abundant misinformation engendering prejudices, he is yet tolerant of the prejudices On the other hand, those who were dissatisfied with or opposed to the Administra of others
, and that is a mark of a certain breadth rare in such men. His personal qualition were arrayed on the side of Hill on all questions which came before the fications lie in the fact that he is a well-balanced man morally, intellectually, and, committee. It is a significant fact that when the conference was held to select a
if we may say so, sentimentally. Therefore, as the Governor of Ohio, after the chairman, it was agreed at the same time that a resolution should be passed ap defeat of all the
old fogy timber, his personal qualities, his public character and proving the course of the national Administration, and that, while the other resolu his position are likely to recommend him to a dying party as one of the very best tions were all presented, this one was suppressed. It is said that if the matter had
and likeliest to be popular, of the younger generation of bourbon Republicanism. been pressed to a vote Mr. Peckham would have been nominated, but the adjourn It is like drawing a prize in a lottery to predict the nominee, where not less than ·ment to next Wednesday will give the Governor a chance to try his hand at bring fifty names, of old and young, of generals, old politicians, of young and progreso ing about a change in the minds of some of the State Committee. If he does not sive, and of young and bourbon Republicans, will be scanned before a final choice succeed his friends will proclaim Peckham as the candidate of the Federal Admin
is made. Take the field as it is, and we would rather take Gov. Foraker's chances
Cleveland Plain Dealer (Dem.).
On the Presidential (question, Mr. Foster becomes interesting. He is decidedly
the Demo- special attention or llie editor of ind a Leader to that opinion. It will probable cratic Governor of this State and the Democratic President of the United States. grieve him, but the fact remains that Mr. Foster thinks Blaine will be the man the But one comment is necessary. Our contemporaries have gone a long way around editor of the Leader will unwillingly have to support as he now unwillingly suomen to get some very stale news. If they had depended on their own observation instead of on their wishes in forming their opinions, they would never have given credence on the Republican managers here, according to Foster, because of his course de to the rumors of hot hostility between Messrs. Cleveland and Hill. The Star has the Payne business. always laughed at these stories. It does not claim to be the personal confident of