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Description: Gen. J. T. Holtzclaw's SpeechDate: November 1 1888
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 5, Column 4
Gen. J. T. Holtzclaw’s Speech
Gen. James T. Holtzclaw, of Montgomery, Democratic Elector-at-large for the State, spoke in Hartselle Tuesday upon the topics of political interest. His speech was confined principally to the tariff, with which he displays a complete familiarity. Taking up the history of our tariff legislation, he showed that the most prosperous periods before the war were those in which the tariff was lowest and the people were left to the greatest liberty to manage their own affairs without the paternal supervision of the federal government. The present tariff was made to meet the expenses of the war. Not until recently had the republicans themselves claimed that it was to continue longer than the necessity for which it was created. Even in 1884 they had promised to revise it. Now, they audaciously claim it an organic principle. It does not regulate wages. They are fixed by the laws of supply and demand. He showed by the most convincing argument the fallacy of the republican’s plea.
In short it was a clear and succinct exposure of the iniquity of the republican tariff doctrines and an able presentation of the benefits of the democratic ideas as embodied in the democratic platform. In the conclusion of his remarks, he exhorted all democrats to stand by their colors and vote for Cleveland, Thurman and Wheeler.
He was frequently applauded in his speech and he sustained his well-earned reputation as a first-class stump speaker in every respect.