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THE SCBANTON TRIBUNE MONDAY MOKNXNGr, DECEMBER 23. 1895,
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REPIBLICAX STATE CONVENTION.
Headquarters Republican state commit
tee, 1231 Walnut street,
Philadelphia, Pa,. Dec. 12, 1895.
To the Republican Electors of Pennsyl
vania: The Republicans of Pennsylvania, by
their duly chosen representatives, will
meet In Htate convention, Thursday, April
23, 189C, at 10 o'clock u. m., in the Opera
House, city of Harrisburg;, for the pur
pose of nominating two candidates for
representatives at laruo in congress anl
thirty-two candidates for presidential elec
tors, selectlnif elBht delegates at large to
the Republican mitlonal convention, and
transacting such other business as may bo
Ry order of the state committee,
M. 8. Quay,
Jere B. Rex.
W. R. Andrews,
' ' Secretaries.
Representation In this convention will
bo the same as In the last state conven
tion. Some curious facts in an Interesting
oouncllmanlc mutter are presented on
another pnjje. They Indicuti; a dispo
sition on the part of the Democratic
members of the judiciary committee
of common council to "stand together"
under circumstances which clearly
warrant an investigation. Doubtless
this will be made.
City Primaries and Convention.
The action of the Republican city
committee In calling the spring pri
maries for Jun. 4 and the convention for
Jan. 7 will prove generally satisfactory.
By one week from next "Saturday the
holiday festivities and cares will have
passed Into history and there will have
been three whole days for uninterrupt
ed buttonholing a period which will no
doubt be thoroughly Improved.
As to the outcome of these primaries,
The Tribune sees no reason to modify
Its previous prophecy. It will support
the nominees of the Republican eny
convention, whichever ticket wins; but
It has no apprehension that the oppo
sition to Messrs. Ripple, Williams and
Wldmayer will elect more than a small
fraction of the delegates who will make
up that convention.
To a correspondent who wrote to It
asking If, in the event of war, the
.United States could get along without
financial assistance from Europe, the
New York Sun replies: "Prom 1861 to
1865 the United States waged the great
est war of modern times, per harlot all
times. We had a million of men under
arms and our expenses, in round fig
ures, were 11,000,000 a day. Yet the
country did not have to go abroad to
borrow money. We got it at home.
What was done then can bo. done
again." If we can get along during war
without borrowing, why not during
Rising to the Emergency.
The promptness with which the popu
lar branch of congress, under the direc
tion of Speaker Reed, lias, at the ex
pense of its own convenience, prepared
a policy of action in response to the
president's special request for finan
cial relief will prove deeply gratifying
to the whole country, which had begun
to fear that the present speaker had
succumbed to the dangerous theory of
congressional inactivity. The. pro
gramme which the Republican leaders
of the house have now in mind is to
provide from thirty to forty-five mil
lions more revenue by some amend
ments of the tariff not involving gen
eral tariff revision, these amendments
to expire at the end of thirty months,
and to give the secretary of the treas
ury authority to Issue a three per Cent,
bond as a popular loan to maintain the
coin redemption fund, and for no other
purpose, with a proviso that the re
deemed greenbacks shall not be used to
meet current expenses, but be retained
so long as necessary as part of the re
demption fund; to authorize national
banks to issue circulating notes to the
par of the bonds deposited as security
and reduce the tax on national bank
circulation; and to authorize the issue
of certificates of indebtedness to meet
a temporary deficiency of the revenue
until more revenue can be provided.
It is possible that this conservative
but comprehensive policy will sustain
defeat in the senate, where there Is an
obstinate majority of free silverltes
committed to a pressing of their favor
ite theory In and out of season. But
such a probability ought not to deter
the house itself from doing Its manifest
duty. If it shall pass a measure cover
ing the above ground and that measure)
shall afterwards meets its death in the
senate, the people will know where to
place the responsibility; and if still In
their present mood will be likely to do
so with a vengeance. But failure to act
orf the house's part, albeit due to the
known attitude of the senate, would be
liable to popular misconstruction, and
for this reason it would be Imprudent.
Now that the house has formally or
ganized itself through the speaker's ap
pointment of strong committees, and
has, In view of the gravity of pending
questions, decided to forego Its accus
1 tomed holiday recess, steady progress
will be expected In the direction of
practical work. The Republican ma
jority has begun well and has thus far
earned public approval Let It hold and
strengthen the favor thus won.
During the past few days there has
been a vast amount of war talk in con
gress and among all classes of people In
this country. All this, of course, is the
result of the furore caused by the presi
dent's special message to congress, as
serting with so much emphasis, the de
termination of our government to main
tain the Monroe doctrine, in letter and
spirit, with reference to the claims of
Great Britain In Venezuela. There has
been an outburst of patriotic enthus
iasm, and the country feels better in
consequence. There may be those who
really believe that there Is a prospect
of war between the United States and
Great Britain. There are those who
would hall with satisfaction a rupture
of the peaceful relations that have leen
existing between the two great nations.
There are some who believe that a col
lision would be- desirable. But the
thoughtful American will see no pros
pect of war, ulthough such an event Is
always possible even among the most
peacefully Inclined nations.
The position taken by President
Cleveland and sustained by the action
of congress, will necessitate a. backing
down either by Great Britain or the
administration at Washington, but nt
this time we are very far from the
conditions that must precede war. Great
Britain will not precipitate an overt act.
That country, well prepared as she al
ways Is for war, -with her magnificent
army and irreat navy, nevertheless can
not afford to enter Into a conflict with
the T'nited States. Much as Great
Britain may desire to add a goodly
slice to her possessions In South Amer
ica her statesmen realize that a war
with the United States would be at
tended with perilous complications
among her other possessions. She
might lose her North American posses
sions, Russia might take a hand and
cause trouble in her eastern posses
sions, Ireland might make a fresh break
for Independence. In short. Great
Britain, powerful as she Is on land and
water, cannot afford to engage in n
war with the United States.
While it is not to be apprehended that
there will be war, nevertheless good
results will come to this country in
consequence of the Hurry created by
President Cleveland taking so firm a
stand. The British press and states
men have indulged In a vast amount
of sneering at the Monroe doctrine, as
serting that the principle embodied In
the deliverance of President Monroe has
not been recognized as part of the Inter
national law, and has no application to
the question at issue between Great
Britain and Venezuela, Before that
question is settled and finally adjusted
the government of Great Britain will
be compelled to recognize the Monroe
doctrine or relinquish her pretensions
to Venezuelan territory. The only al
ternative would be to defy the gov
ernment at Washington, and that
would be equivalent to a declaration
of war. This country would not permit
President Cleveland to retreat from the
position he has taken. The American
people believe as firmly In the principle
embodied In the Monroe doctrine as
rfhey do in the constitution itself. Their
Interpretation of that doctrine Is iden
tical with that contained in the presi
dent's message to congress. .The people
would heartily sustain the president
and congress even to the extent of war
In defense of that principle.
But the present war talk, In and out
of congress, is premature. There is no
probability of a conflict. Neither Great
Britain nor the .United States desires
a war; but Great Britain must recog
nize the validity of the Monroe doc
trine, and we predict that this will be
the outcome of the present strained
relations. This incident, whatever the
final outcome, will have one other salu
tary result; It will go far to convince
the government and people of the
United States of the necessity of being
better prepared for the exigencies of
war with a powerful foreign coun
try. We need better coast de
fenses, and wo need to have on hand
tho arms and munitions to properly
equip a large volunteer army at the
The refusal of the board of pardons
to recommend the pardoning of the
defaulting treasurer Bardsley, of Phila
delphia, is heartily commended by the
press throughout the state. Bardsley
deserves the punishment meted out
to him. but it is not likely he will be
required to serve out the full term of
fifteen yean to which he was sentenced
and of which he has now served only
four years. Persistent effort will secure
his release some time.
Ulterior Consequences. .
. One of the very probable consequent
ces of the recent diplomatic correspond
ence concerning the Monroe doctrine Is
the formation of a pan-American politi
cal alliance. Overtures to such an end
have, it is said, already been made.
"Tho proposal under consideration,"
writes Walter 'Wellman in one of his
incomparable Washington letters to the
Chicago Times-Herald, "is the forma
tion of a pan-American arbitration
board, to sit permanently and have cog
nizance of all boundary and other dis
putes arising between the republics of
this hemisphere. It is believed actual
developments in this direction will come
In a few days. The plan under consld
eratlon Is for the assembling in Wash
lngton of an International congress to
arrange the details. It Is well under
stood that this arrangement, if perfect
ed, means much more than a mere
method of settling boundary and other
disputes! Its true significance Is an al
Vance for political purposes between
all the Republican states of the hemi
sphere, - under the leadership of this
country. In this way the Monroe doc
trine is already bearing fruit. The
weaker American powers In whose de.
fense secondarily, because in our" de
fense primarily, we have Issued a note
of defiance to Great Britain, are at this
unexpectedly early date preparing to
cluster themselves about the chief
American power." .
This, however, is not all. 'Mr. Well
man learns from various members of the
Washington diplomatic corps that there
is a strong feeling among all the Cen
tral and South American republics In
favor of improving this opportunity to
revive reciprocity agreements with the
United States. They are reported to bo
willing to go very far In this direction,
with the avowed purpose of diverting
trade from Europe to the United States.
They would make this country their
great purchasing mart, and also their
greatest market. In order to do this
they are willing to give the United
States advantages through tariff differ
entials which no other power Is to en
joy. This plan is hot so well developed
as the proposal for a political alliance
by means of a national board of arbitra
tion, but the times are ripe for it and
the diplomatists with whom Mr. Well
man has talked do not doubt that a
vigorous Initiative by the United States
would meet with quick response from a
majority, if not all. of the remaining re
publics of the two continents. And
thus, to use the correspondent's sug
gestive phrase, "statesmanship In the
United States is presented with an op
portunity which Mr. Blaine would have
been overjoyed to embrace."
There Is a third circumstance among
the possibilities which ,Mr. Wellman dis
cerns In connection with the Venezue
lan affair. It will excite widespread
dissent from those who, following the
teachings of British economists, have
lately been converted to the belief that
the only possible safe basis of a cur
rency system is gold, of which England
and English influences now control the
visible supply, but it Is nevertheless a
possibility to be (thought of. It in
brief Is that the first effect of an anglo
American war would be suspension of
gold payments by the United States,
which would moan a revolution In which
Great Britain would be the chief suf
ferer. It would mean the scaling of
private debts not payable expressly In
gold. It would mean the United States
upon a sliver basts. It would mean an
enhancement of apparent values of
everything In this country, and "boom"
times sucli as we have not seen since
the war. If thts were followed by a
pan-American union, politically and
commercially, it might, says Mr. Well
man, "mean the diversion not only of
commerce from European to strictly
American channels, but the ejectment
of London from her proud post of tlth-Ing-master
of the world's trade. New
York might succeed London as the ex
change center for all commerce in the
western hemisphere. Instead of issu
ing bills on London calling for pounds
sterling, American balances could be
settled through New York with bills
calling for dollars on a silver basis."
It has been held by some of our ablest
statesmen that tho truly American pol
icy would be to cement the governments
of the New World Into a defensive po
litical whole with the United States
holding the leading position; to trade,
one republic with another, using a cur
rency based upon the most stable and
abundant precious metal, which In the
Western hemisphere Is silver; and to
maintain toward the monarchies of Eu
rope a position of thorough ' political
Independence. Such a dream may nev
er be realized; or if realized might
prove grossly deceptive; but It never
theless is a dreum of the fulfillment of
which contemporary events appear to
be somewhat prophetic.
If Presidents Grant, Garfield or Har
rison had sent to congress such a mes
sage as President Cleveland's on the
Venezuelan question, assertln the de
termination of our government to main
tain the Monroe doctrine, no surprise
would have been occasioned, because
such a message would have been ex
pected from either of them, or, In fact,
from any Republican president. Presi
dent Cleveland gave the country a sur
prise because this particular deliver
ance Is not at all in accord with the
general policy of his administration.
The surprise was great because nothlnir
of the kind had been looked for. It is
all the more gratifying on that account.
The Inward cars of the Scrantnn
Traction company in many cases come
down grade on Adams avenue at the
rate of twenty, twenty-five and even
thirty miles an hour. It Is a wonder
that nobody has yet been killed In con
sequence of this outrageous speed.
What is the city going to do about it?
Tho fact Is that both Yale and Har
vard universities appear to be Inclined
to champion tho cause of England as
against that of their own country. Is
the higher education a failure?
Letting Wall street, England and the
RothBchllds dictate our financial policy
sounds plausible enough in the "sound
money" organs; but there are times
when it has Its disadvantages.
COMMENT OF THE PRESS.
In Caso of War.
Philadelphia Record: "A war with
Great Urlialn would be no hollduy affair
It would be a death grapple. Nevertheless,
we believe it would end In the practical
triumph of ithis country. Strong as Khk
lancl is at sea, her miprecnary would be
challenged mid her naval power seriously
crippled. Her commercial Hag would dis
appear from the seas; Canada would ul
mowt certainly be lost to her. and the con
vulsions of a long war would be apt to en
danger her poss. -salon of Ireland. Kevnt
and India. Once let 'the United Stales p it
forth all .their strength-once set In mo
tlon the adventurous spirit of this people
-and no enterprise would soem too dartns:
nor too distant, and no chelation of war
'"""""'dous. to deter them from the un
dertaking. Of course, we should receive
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hard blows In return. We should expect
losses ar.d reverses. Our aeacoast cues
Would, no doubt, be damaged; but unless
'.' creatly overeslim: th htrmgrth anil
rtuourcesof this country, a war w.h EiiK
laixl would be likely to end with the re
sults we have above Indicated. At the
time time, we should depi orate a war be
tween the two countries; and we trust
that on both sides all honorable means
will toe employed to avert lu"
Chicken Llvcred Wnll Street.
Philadelphia Record: "Some very re
ppectahle and conservative uemlemen in
Ne w York whose patriotism Is colored by
the price of ludiKo or the fluctuation of
the Stock Kxchantr get themselves In a
etate of mind whenever they consider the
possible consequences cf the prefi'SVn.t's
audacious assertion of American ideas as
to the management of affairs ou tho
American continent. Their terrors ami
tremors have no perreplibls effct In shake
lntr the determination of all parties to
lxu.k up the administration; but they serve
to bring into relief und solidity and
fclrcngiu of patriotic feeling."
Words of True Patriotism.
New York Times: "No American who
hus a soul within htm capable ot rls.ns
udovo immeulate considerations of the
markets will waver tor an Instant In Ills
luyal support ot the pivsluciit und ti'.o
congress in the position they have taken
In respect tO'iliu Venezuela boundary. It
1 well to remember -that there are roraj
disasters -wot. ho than war, worse thun
commercial loss, and that a prevailing
manifes tatlon or the spirit of wh!i-h we
have seen a f.?w shumcliil examples slme
tho pubikiUiun o; .the president's message
would constitute a deeper tiatlouul Uis
icrucd than defeat on land and sea."
A Toast to Cnnndn!
New York Sun: "Let us hope, however,
that Canada will never be bruttKht to
either physliLtl or sentimental suiTering by
the United States. When the Stur-spun-Klud
Itnnr.pr Is raised there, may it b run
up over the government litillciiiBS ut Ot
tawa by the cxuitlntr Canadians them
selves, and not us a symbol of comiuest
nixl subjugation by victorious soldiers of
the great American republic!"
I'on't Got Excited.
Philadelphia Times: "There Is no rea
sonable likelihood of a war with England.
The only way 'that American securities c:in
b muds to command the respect of tho
money centers, of the old world is by this
government respecting Itself and asserting
Its majesty when the occasion demands it.
president Cleveland I:u4 done this and
nothing more. Don't Bet panic-stricken."
lie Oncht to Do It.
Philadelphia Rullpitin: "It would cer
tainly he a Kr;nt stroke of policy If Orover
Clevelund were to i all lieiijamln Harri
son to the head of his Venezuelan com
(Inenf tho Possibilities.
Washington I'ost: "It may also 'be nec
essary to appoint a commission to treat
with the Now York Evening Post."
WashlnRton I'ost: "There is not the
least bit of danger of J. Hull becoming so
angry as to send us back our heiresses."
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