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About The Conservative (Nebraska City, Neb.) 1898-1902 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 3, 1901)
By far the most remarkable utterance
from any American citizen during the
last twelvemonth is the recent power
ful and loftily patriotic address of ex-
President Harrison at Ann Arbor. The
more it is studied , the more camly cour
ageous and unanswerable is it in vindica
tion of the bedrock principles of justice
and constitutional liberty that underlie
our republic. In clearness of reasoning ,
in entire mastery of the whole question ,
and in its resonant ring for freedom ,
that speech recalls Abraham Lincoln.
It is a bugle-clarion that ought to arouse
Now that the ghost of Bryanismis
laid , we Lincoln republicans who helped
to put William MoKinley in the White
House for the next four years have a
right to be heard , and a patriotic duty
to perform. We take our president at
his own word , and solemnly protest
against further "criminal aggression. "
You may remember that I wrote in
these columns ( before the election ) an
urgent appeal to all anti-imperialists to
unite in saving our nation from the
mischiefs and miseries of Bryanism.
And I added that I- was perfectly confi
dent that "the conscience of the Ameri
can people , and the irresistible logic of
events would yefc insure justice to the
Filipinos. " Every day is confirming
that prediction. As "the stars in their
courses fought against Sisera , " so is the
logic of events defeating the attempt to
vassalize those Filipinos who have for
many years been struggling for inde
pendence. Congress refuses to act , and
tosses the responsibility on the presi
dent. He , in turn , disclaims responsi
bility and senfls"out "commissions" who
have no legislative-or executive athority !
How much longer must this tragic
travesty of republicanism go forward ?
I trust that the .petition and remon
strance now beipg- circulated will be
signed by tens of thousands who voted
for MoKinley , but did not vote for im
What a Christmas to end the nine
teenth century ! The angel's song of
"peace on earth" drowned by the roar
of guns and the wails of the wounded
The foremost Christian nation of En-
rope butchering in South Africa fellow-
Christians who are repeating the heroism
of Thermopylae I Christian America
butchering a people to whom we were
three years ago utter strangers , and whenever
never had a thought to harm us 1 This
too , in defiance of the judgment of Harrison
risen , Cleveland , Hoar , Hale , Edmunds
Carlisle , and other leading statesmen
whom all the world honors 1 In view o
all these things I am ready to shout , anc
tens of thousands will reeoho it , "Got
bless Benjamin Harrison 1" Theodore
L. Cuyler , in New York Evening Post
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