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America's Wealth

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The wise course for the Democrats is plain. They must in the first place, nominate a man of much greater weight and strength of character than the Republican candidate. Nine-tenths of popular confidence lies in personality; and the Democratic convention must make it its first care to select a man whose record and utterances are sufficient guarantee that he intends to exercise the powers of the Presidency, unaugmented but undiminished. He ought also to be one in whose hands the great productive interests of the country would feel safe. The temptation at San Francisco will be to try to take up with the leavings at Chicago; to court Johnson's following; to kotow to Gompers or Plumb; to devise planks to win over this form of discontent or that form of disgruntlement. Little but disappointment could result from such a policy. The professional exploiters of "unrest" are very apt to go off and flock by themselves this year, in any event. Whether they go or stay, the Democratic party ought to have the wisdom and firmness not to allow itself to be outdone by the Republicans in interpreting the overmastering desire of the great masses of the people. This is to rebuild the fabric of industry and commerce as rapidly as possible, to assure all sound business of its opportunity and all workingmen of the fruits of their labor. --New York Times.

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