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Tom Watson's Magazine for April

Excerpt from Tom Watson's Magazine for April How could these bonds have been issued? Easy enough. Cleveland had invented the process by violating the law; and the Cleveland precedent still stands. To get more bonds, you only need another President who will take orders from Belmont and Morgan at secret, midnight conferences. Then there was John G. Carlisle. Among political shrubs which are aromatic, none smells sweeter than he. Not by any other name would he smell half so sweet. Carlisle was the Whisky Trust representative in Congress, who made so many speeches for Free Silver and Tariff Reform. Placed in Cleveland's cabinet he crawled at the feet of the gold-bugs, and he wrote a new tariff for the Sugar Trust, which enabled those robbers to take annual millions from the people in repayment for the thousands which the Trust had put into the Democratic Campaign fund. This man, Carlisle, was exhumed and brought to New York to make another speech for "Reform" and for Parker! Likewise there was Gorman. With a political ignorance which is hard to understand, Parker seemed to believe that his salvation depended upon linking himself to Gorman. He appeared to breathe easy only when sitting in the lap of Gorman. Nothing in the way of campaign plan could be sent forth into the world with any hope of success until there had been a laying-on of hands and a blessing by the cloud-compelling Gorman. Yet it would seem that a well-informed schoolboy should have been able to tell Parker that Gorman was one of the best hated men living. When poor people were freezing in the big cities and the Coal Trust was pitiless, and the golden-hearted Senator Vest of Missouri proposed to cut the ground from under the feet of the Trust by putting coal upon the Free List, who was it that virtually said in the United States Senate, "Let the people freeze; the Trust shall not be weakened?" It was Gorman, of Maryland! Who was it that took the Tariff Reform Measure of Wm. L. Wilson and turned it into an elaborate device for enriching the few at the expense of the many? It was Gorman. Who took Sugar off the Free List and put a tax of$45,000,000 upon it? Gorman. Who increased the McKinley duties upon lumber and nails and wire and trace-chains and horseshoes and ironware which the common people must use? Gorman. Who doubled the tax on molasses? Gorman. Who stands upon the Democratic side in the Senate of the United States as the champion of the Sugar Trust and all other Democratic Trusts? Gorman. But Parker could never get enough of Gorman. The people could and did. Their votes showed that they wanted no more tariff bills fixed by Gorman. Why was the election encouraging to reformers? Because it showed such an increase in the independent vote. At least a million Independents voted for Roosevelt because they were hell-bent on beating Parker. In part, they were moved to do this because of the belief that Roosevelt himself leans to radicalism. His past record as a reformer gave hope that during the next four years he would be a powerful factor in bringing about improved conditions. Reformers not only take encouragement from Parkers loss of votes, but in the victories won by Douglas, La Follette and Folk. Widely separated as were the States of Massachusetts. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
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