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WCS Journal September 30 – October 6, 1888

WCS Journal September 30-October 1, 1888

WCS Journal September 30-October 1, 1888

September 30, 1888, Sunday
Cold & rain – All but Father went to church in the A.M. & Belle & I in the evening –  Father is recovering from his meeting last Friday night. The close & bad air he says has upset him –  There was a magnificent editorial in Wednesdays Democrat on Father, it was splendid

October 1, 1888, Monday
Rained hard all day –  Dr. O’Connor called and begged Father to run –  Father was in Northampton today and everybody he met told him to run –  I hope & expect he will –  I am getting sick of Bank meetings –  they do not accomplish anything there is too much red-tape to it –

WCS Journal October 02-03, 1888 b

WCS Journal October 02-03, 1888 b

October 2, 1888, Tuesday
Beautiful day. Returning to this city at 7:20 find everything O.K. Libbie expected to return to Auburn at 11 o’clock –   speech in full –  The Boston Herald had Father’s Friday evening’s speech in full – 
[SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE BOSTON HERALD
HOLYOKE, Sept 28, 1888. An audience of almost 3000 assembled in the City Hall this evening at the opening rally of the Democratic party in this city.  Among the speakers were Representative McDonough and Alderman Short of Boston and Lawyer Ely of Westfield, William Skinner of this city, as chairman of the Cleveland and Thurman Club, presided. Mr. Skinner was warmly greeted as he stepped forward. He said that as President of the Cleveland and Thurman Club, he welcomed them all that evening, and was both proud and glad to see by their intelligence had been awakened to a true sense of their duty in this campaign. On reading in the daily papers the accounts of the present political discussion, he was forced to the conclusion that there was an all-fired lot of lying going on, but the voters must think and act for themselves. “The Republicans,” he said, “have abolished the tax on checks. Ho much relief has that afforded you? And now they want to use up the immense surplus by baying to bondholders $1300 for every $1000 bond. Don’t you consider that a rather doubtful measure of protection to your interests? This cry of free trade is simply the sheerest nonsense. We must have a revenue for the support of the government, and that revenue will have to be raised by import duties. I want to see this economical, able and honest President, Grover Cleveland, returned to power; and I want, also, to have him supported by a Democratic House and Senate. The Democratic party has always been the friend of the common people, and, in return, the workingmen have always supported it in the past, and they will continue to do so in the future while, as, in the present instance, it deserves their support.”
Representative McDonough spoke at length, exhaustively reviewing the tariff legislation since 1846. he ridiculed the position of the Republican party on the free whiskey question. Alderman Short of Boston spoke from the standpoint of the workingmen, and undertook to show the fallacy of the Republican party’s claims to friendship for the workingman. He declared that there was not an instance on record where labor legislation was ever introduced by a Republican legislator into either the state or national Legislatures. Lawyer Ely of Westfield discussed the paper trade, and he said that when the paper manufacturers of Holyoke and Westfield were suffering from the high tariff on their raw materials they sought and obtained a reduction of that tariff. “If that reduction held good in their ease,” he asked, “why are Democrats denounced as free traders for simply asking to extend that favor to other industries?’

WCS Journal October 02-03, 1888

WCS Journal October 02-03, 1888

October 3, 1888, Wednesday
Beautiful day –  Quite cold. Very busy day –  Went up to the Windsor Hotel and read the Republican –  I am still confident that if Father will accept the Democratic Nomination for Congress he can be elected as there are so many aspirants on the Republican side for the Nomination and so much feeling between the Counties –  Hope he will run – 

WCS Journal October 04-05, 1888

WCS Journal October 04-05, 1888

October 4. 1888, Thursday
Beautiful day –  Rec’d letter from Father this A.M. saying he should not run for Congress as he knows he could not be elected –  Came home on the 4 o’clock train and find Father has consented to have his name presented at Greenfield tomorrow – Rodney Wallace of Fitchburg was nominated by the Republicans yesterday at Greenfield for Congress on the 41st ballot –  he brought up the a majority of the delegates.

October 5, 1888, Friday
Beautiful day –  At about one o’clock today the W. U. Telegraph Co. telephoned a message to Father signed by Merrill Clark & B. E. Cook, Jr. saying Father was nominated by the Democrats by –  The Democrat & Transcript both announce it tonight. The Democrats of Holyoke gave Father a big serenade with torches, fireworks, etc. tonight, he made them a short speech –  I really think Father can be elected even if this is a Republican district by

WCS Journal October 06-07, 1888

WCS Journal October 06-07, 1888

October 6, 1888, Saturday
Terrible day –  Rained hard –  Father went to see both the Republican & Hampshire Gazette and both while they cannot support him will speak well of him –  The Boston Globe came out with a big heading today –  all of the papers speak of Father as Wm Skinner the silk manufacturer so it is a big advertisement if not more –  

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