Question: Resolved, That Benjamin Harrison should be re-elected President of the United States.
Brief for the affirmative.
G. O. VIRTUE, F. W. DALLINGER.
Best general references: The party platforms in Dallinger and Proper's handbook, and elsewhere:-Candidates' letters of acceptance in newspapers of Sept. 7 and 27; - H. R. Ex Doc's 1 "Sess. 52" Cong. No. 91. Cong. Rec. p. 551, 558, (Jon. 26, '92), N. A. Rev. 154, 642-648 and Nov. '92 Public Opinion vol's XI, XII, XIII, passim, on administrative policy.
I. Mr. Harrison is eminently fitted for the position (a). His personal character is unimpeachable :- (b.) Previous experience in national affairs:
II. His administration has been pure and able in every respect:-(a). High character and ability of cabinet officers:-(b) Excellence of judicial and diplomatic appointments:-(c). Great advance in civil service reform:-(1) Personel of the commission:-(2) Railway mail service;-(3) - Navy yards:-(4) Indian service;-Testimony of Theodore Rosevelt;-(d) Vigorots and dignified foreign policy:-(1) The fisheries question;-(2) New Orleans affair:-(3) The Chilian difficulty.
III. The re-election of Mr. Harrison means the carrying out of certain great principles necessary for the welfare of the country;-(a) It stands for honest elections:-(b) For honest money:-Uncompromising hostility to free silver:-Advocacy of a national, as opposed to a state issue of circulating notes:-(c) It stands for the maintenance of the American system of tariff for revenue and protection as opposed to the policy of tariff for revenue only:-(1) The attitude of the two great parties on the tariff question compared:-(2) The McKinley tariff in particular and its bearing on our economic policy.
BRIEF FOR NEGATIVE.W. C. DOUGLAS, Jr., AND J. WIGGIN.
Best general references:-Carnes Leading Principles, Part III, Ch. 4; Schurz, pamphlet on Issues of the Campaign; W.+++ Veagh in N. Y. World, Oct. 16, 1892; N. Y. World Supplements for Sept. and Oct.; daily press Sept. and Oct.; Dem Party Platform; Cleveland's letter of acceptance, in newspapers of Sept. 27; Edward Atkinson in Boston Herald, Oct. 13, 1892.
1. Pres. Harrison represents the principles of the Republican party which has forfeited its right to the support of the country:-(a) The Force Bill:-(b) Civil Service Reform:-(c) Pensions:-Edward H. Hall, Sermon on Pension Legislation and Expenditure;-Address to Independents in Boston Herald, Oct. 11, '92.-(d) Foreign affairs.
II. Grover Cleveland represents the principles of the Democratic party, of popular government.-(a) As shown by its record on the above mentioned questions:-(b) By its attempts to provide a remedy for the existing financial difficulties:-(c) By its desire to relieve the people of burdens of taxation.
III. The main principle of the Republican party is an unconstitutional and harmful protective system.-(a) It is unconstitutional:-Loan Ass'n V. Topeka 20 Wallace, 664:-(b) It is not the American system:-(c) It is a source of corruption:-(d) Our present prosperity due to our national resources.
IV. The main principle of the Democratic party is a reform of the tariff in the interests of the consumers.-(a) Republican reciprocity no remedy;-(b) Free Trade not the issue.