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of the Rooseveltians had doubt persuaded themselves that their leader was actuated by something better than greed for office and power, the battle was so obviously a personal one -accompanied by so much hitting below the belt and such an odious display of vulgarity and self-advertisementthat it could not make any appeal to the higher instincts of the nation. The real question of the day in the United States is the cost of living, and the real contest is the contest between Protection and Free-trade, or between the protected Trusts and the suffering consumers. The nomination and election of Judge Parker as Chairman elicited a strong protest from Mr. Bryan against reactionary policies, and Mr. Roosevelt's busy friends in the Press contrived to spread a rumor that Mr. Bryan would bolt like Mr. Roosevelt, and would eventually co-operate with him in the formation of a new Progressive party. The wish, no doubt, was father to the thought. But the atmosphere of Baltimore was utterly different from the atmosphere of Chicago, and Mr. Bryan, with all his faults, has a certain simple loyalty to both principle and party which has not been consumed in the devouring flames of a personal vanity. Judge Parker and all the leaders at Baltimore soon showed that they meant to work for conciliation, and the spirit of the Convention was the spirit of a party long out of office, animated by a confident hope of victory, with an honest policy
for reducing the cost of living, and a general resolve to unite upon a champion who would bring that policy about. By electing Senator James to preside over the National Democratic Committee the leaders of the Convention put an end to the difficulties created by the nomination of Judge Parker. The Senator's speech was by all accounts a tremendous success. He contrasted the distracted and divided state of the Republican party with the unity and harmony of the Democrats. The Republicans by their action had confessed the failure of the President, and had exposed his unfaithfulness to the cause of the masses. The abominations of the tariff were the keynote of this speech, and the cry of a tariff for revenue only, with enormous reductions all round, will be the battlecry of the Dem. ocratic party in the election campaign. The tax upon woollen goods was picked out by Senator James as the most indefensible of all the taxes, and it looks as if President Taft's action in refusing to sign the Bill passed by Congress for the reduction of the woollen tariff will prove (as we thought it would at the tiine) the most disastrous of all his mistakes. The correspondent of the Daily Telegraph states, after conversation with leading Democrat officials, that the party will make its fight before the country on a tariff for revenue only and will thus conciliate the masses, who hope by tariff legislation to secure a reduction in the cost of living.
PARTY PROSPECTS IN AMERICA.
Mr. Roosevelt has bolted, but how mately be fixed. With all his imfar will he run? or, rather, how far petuosity, “the Colonel” is as "slim" will he induce his followers to go? As as all the Bosses put together, and we his insatiable egoism knows no limits, may be sure that he will go in the It is impossible to anticipate where direction where he believes popular the bounds of his secession may ulti- support awaits him. When we remember the strictness of party ties in the what the European potentates and United States, it is strange that he statesmen who bowed down before this should have received as many votes as super-advertiser think of it all! They he did; still the Roosevelt legend has worshipped him because they thought sustained a rude shock. The defeat he represented the American people, in the Convention may be like O'Con- but he does not even represent the Renell's check at Clontarf, and the repu- publican party. He was taken for tation of this master of mobs may Cæsar, but he turns out to be at the never recover. At all events, party best nothing but a Cleon manqué. The discipline proves to be a much tougher world, even though so ready to take bond than was imagined. More than the pushful at their own value, is beone hundred and thirty of the pledged ginning to ask what substance there Roosevelt delegates at the Convention was in all the verbosity of those inrefused to obey his orders. This shows terminable barangues. One thing is that though Mr. Roosevelt may break clear—that when in office the Reformer up his party he will not rush the ma- was ready enough to accept the help of jority along the road he marks out. the Bosses and their organizations He may give the Presidency to the when he desired a victory at the Democrats, but he will not carry it polls. for himself with Republican votes. Whatever line the Democrats may There is a story current in America, take up, in Mr. Roosevelt's programme and told here, we believe, by Mr. we find Radicalism enough and a grave Smalley, too apposite to omit. threat to the stability of the Constitu"Father," said Mr. Roosevelt's son, tion. The principal items appear to "must always be in it. When he is be women's suffrage, the direct elecat a wedding he wants to be the bride, tion of Senators, the restoration to the when he is at a funeral he wants to be people of control over the Government, the corpse.” At the funeral of the Re- now fallen into the hands of a minority publican régime he bids fair to provide (whatever that may mean), the choice the pièce de résistance.
of Presidential candidates by direct Not long ago in this Review an ex- primary elections, and the “recall” of cellent book by Mr. Maurice Low was judges and their decisions. There is noticed, in which the writer pointed also to be a reform of the tariff at the out the dangerous tendency to defiance hands of an expert Commission. This of the law patent throughout the last item is studiously vague. If the United States. Mr. Roosevelt is typi. American people accepts this procally American in setting up as a law gramme or anything like it, and puts to himself. When anyone else is in Mr. Roosevelt at the White House to authority he is impatient till he takes carry it through, the American Conhis place. No doubt he genuinely be- stitution, as we have understood it, will lieves that he alone can save his party disappear, and in its place we shall and his country, but to the ordinary have a plebiscitary Cæsarism. This man he appears to have violated all the would be entirely in accordance with traditions of friendship and decorum. Mr. Roosevelt's manner of comporting It would indeed be impossible to imag
himself when in power. His talk ine, even in an age of grotesque self- was habitually of “my policy, my minadvertisement, anything more disgust. isters," and so on. And this undoubting than the corybantic ravings of this edly impressed European opinion till it ex-Chief Magistrate of a great State believed that Mr. Roosevelt really was during the last month. We wonder America. His avowed policy of further curtailing States' rights and ex- expect the Democrats to become alting the judicial power all tends in purists in international morality when the same direction.
its violation would prove so profitable. But does the man of American opin- Neither Mr. Bryan nor any other Demion really desire this evolution and the ocratic President would be so oblivious complete break-up of parties? We of his own interests or the prospects of doubt it altogether, and anticipate a a Second Term as to rouse national Democratic victory, unless there should feeling against himself and his party be some gross blunder in tactics. But by neglecting any question in which the important question for the rest of national honor or interest was imagthe world is, What will be the attitude ined to be specially involved. The of a Democratic President to the prob- Panama Canal is one of these queslems of policy which concern the world tions, the Monroe Doctrine is another, and not merely America ? The answer Japanese immigration is a third. We must be purely speculative at present, do not think that the Democrats would for it is fifteen years since a Demo- modify in such matters the policy of cratic President held the reins, but the the Republicans. Nor is policy towards Democratic party have throughout this country likely to change.
We shown themselves to be anti-imperial- have never aifected to believe that Reist. They disliked the acquisition of publicans were swayed by sentiment the Philippines, and probably very few in their dealings with us; no more people in the United States at the would be the Democrats. Under either present time are really glad that the the German and the Irish vote have to islands were acquired, or take much be manipulated, and the incident of pride in their possession. This ques
President Cleveland and Venezuela is tion may solve itself before long for difficult to forget. the United States may find an opportu- The big-stick so blatantly brandished nity of ridding themselves for value by the ex-President will hardly be received of a dependency which they found in the hands of any Democrat, value little and have made no great and we doubt if he would prove the success in governing. As to Cuba, it author of another Panama-Columbia would hardly be possible for the least coup.
But the most important ques. Jingo of Presidents to ease himself of tion for England is, Will a Democratic that burden. It is too near to the President continue a series of great Panama Canal route. But to the shipbuilding programmes ? Such whole McKinley foreign policy, of policy would be entirely contrary to which Cuba and Porto Rico are the Democratic tradition, nor would it concrete expression, Mr. Bryan and his tend towards tariff reduction, which is friends were, and we suppose are, res- the one unalterable item of a Demoolutely opposed. It is not possible to cratic platform. A Democratic Presianticipate any modification in the pol- dent, however much his principles icy of fortifying the Panama Canal, ap- might require it, will hardly resist the proved and prosecuted by President pressure of opinion in the direction of Taft. It is true that we tacitly aban- national self-assertion. The isolation doned our opposition by the Hay- of the United States in international Pauncefote Treaty. But the proposed questions is gone, and in this matter preferential treatment of American Democrats cannot differ much from vessels is a clear violation of treaty Republicans, though expenditure on provisions. We can hardly, however, armaments may be reduced.
The Saturday Review.
DR. WOODROW WILSON'S TASK.
The expected has happened at the broken allegiance of the party for the Democratic Convention at Baltimore. three-cornered fight, which ought, upon The secession of insurgent Republicans the present setting of the chances, to at Chicago under Mr. Roosevelt made lead him to victory next November. the nomination of a Radical Democrat On issues of constitutional reform, a matter of plain party necessity. Af- which Mr. Roosevelt has so far thrust. ter a prolonged measurement of forces, into the forefront of his campaign, Dr. Dr. Woodrow Wilson was chosen. Wilson has hitherto expressed himself Though less widely known throughout with moderation. His advocacy of the country than Mr. Bryan, he enjoys such measures as the referendum and many advantages. In the first place, initiative and the recall has been far he has risen rapidly to fame, and leaves more discriminating than Mr. Rooseno record of political failure and dis- velt's. It seems tolerably clear that carded projects behind him. His bril- now that the game is set out, the latliant reputation as a scholar and the ter will force the running upon lines ex-President of a leading University, of bolder Radical doctrine than any yet though serving to recommend him to indicated. For no success can seem cultured Americans, is of dubious elec- possible for him unless he can detach tioneering value. The "plain people" from the democratic camp large secin America have always been shy of tions of voters for whom the "radicalthe occasional intrusions of men of ism" of Dr. Wilson is too tame. His academic distinction into practical pol- personal following among Repubitics. Though college presidents are in licans is doubtless far stronger than great request as intellectual consultants Mr. Taft's in the West and Mid-West, on all sorts of public occasions, they and he may take over the regular Rehave generally been regarded as "kid- publican machine in some of these glove politicians," unfit for the rough States. But his only real chance lies and tumble of hard practical affairs. in welding into a temporary union all Since quitting Princeton for the Gov- the forces of social discontent by perernorship of New Jersey, Dr. Wilson, suading them that he is the political however, has shown himself made of Messiah they have so long been waitstuff which even the most professional ing for—the heaven-sent leader who of machine politicians have learned to shall restore to the people the powers respect. He has made his mark for of government which the politicians sagacity and force of character by and their paymasters have stolen from crushing and outwitting the corruptest them, and which they now most urgang of bosses and boodlers in a State gently require for the salvation of the which enjoys the most unsavory repu- commonwealth. He must angle for tation in the Union. Of his personal the confidence of the large numbers of platform upon federal politics, little de- Labor men and Socialists and disillutailed knowledge is abroad. Though sioned Democrats, who were able recognized as belonging to the Radical eighteen years ago to muster a voting wing, he has never committed himself force of nearly two millions under the to the wilder proposals upon finance title of a People's Party. These ultraand railroads which have formed the radicals he must drive in the same team staple of Mr. Bryan's oratory, and is with the timid respectables who form therefore more likely to retain the un- citizen leagues, and the essentially con
servative farmers who have stood forces of national life, any proposal to firmly round him since his rough-rider cede to the Federal authority concrete days. To this difficult task Mr. Roose- powers of legislation, administration, velt brings unbounded self-confidence or taxation hitherto wielded by the and the enthusiasm this engenders, a several States is liable to arouse strong genius for sounding moral platitudes opposition. Yet some encroachments and for dramatic tactics. But these on State rights, some positive enlargequalifications of a preliminary cam- ments of Federal power, are indispenpaign will not suffice to secure for him sable to a really radical process of resuccess next November. Unless he can form. The power of Trusts cannot be devise a bolder policy for dealing with curbed or broken so long as they can the concrete problems which underlie crouch behind the protecting ægis of the seething discontent of the Ameri- State Charters. The nationalization can workers than he has yet disclosed, of Railways, the policy which must he cannot pit his new Progressive soon emerge from the half-way house Party against the regular machines of Federal control, is impracticable with any prospect of victory. A mere without a cession of existing State pow. appeal against the corrupt tyranny of A drastic and effectual handling machines and bosses will never suc- of currency and banking, so as to give ceed, for his new party will speedily substance to the misnomer of a Nadegenerate into a new machine, and he tional Bank, and to protect the curhas all the instincts and talents of a rency and credit of the country from boss. At the roots of American dis- the risks and shocks of warring or comcontent lie the Trusts, the Railways, bining groups of financiers, demands a the Money Power, and the Tariff, four strongly centralized control from interrelated sources of tyranny and Washington. Finally, Tariff for Rev. plunder. Mr. Roosevelt's only chance enue will never secure for the Ameriis to develop so drastic a federal pol- can people the advantages of free imicy for dealing with these grievances as ports, or rid them of the tariff-bred moto place, not only Mr. Taft, but Dr. nopolies, until a Federal policy of diWilson, in the category of Conserva- rect taxation is constitutionally feastives.
ible, so as to yield the growing NaWhether he is prepared for such a tional Revenue that is needed. If Dr. revolutionary design remains to be Wilson desires to make the Democratic seen. The Democratic Platform, as Party the instrument of a national polformulated at Baltimore, is conserva- icy which shall place the United States tive enough, throwing its main stress in the front of political civilization, inupon a Tariff for revenue, and dealing stead of in the rear, he must rally the with trusts and monetary reform in solid party, including the hitherto Conterms of studied vagueness. But, as servative South, round a programme the fight proceeds, Dr. Wilson will, of which will jettison the orthodox Democourse, develop his own proposals. The cratic conceptions of State rights. real difficulty of Radical Democracy is the manifest strategy for Mr. Roose. lies in the sentiments and traditions of velt to force this supreme test of RadState rights which still cling round the icalism upon the Democratic nominee, party. Though
Conservative and if his Progressive Party means Democrats, like Mr. Cleveland, make business, we may look for roof-lifting large concessions to the centralizing proposals at its August Convention.