978-0-405-03511-1 / 9780405035111

President John Smith (Utopian Literature)


Publisher:Ayer Co Pub



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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1896. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. EXTRACTS FROM CAMPAIGN SPEECHES. Judge Smith delivered addresses in New York,Boston, Providence, Albany, Rochester, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pitt3burg, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha, St Paul, Milwaukee and Chicago. The author has been permitted to select from these speeches--which will shortly be published in full, with the history of the life of John Smith--such extracts as created the most comment at that timeExtract from speech delivered in New York City, August 14: "No political party or social theory that attacks the right to own property can ever succeed in the United States. I care not how much property a man has acquired under the laws of the United States, he is entitled to that property or a fair compensation in consideration thereof. No system of government or taxation which aims directly or indirectly at the appropriation or confiscation of wealth, honestly acquired by labor, capital, or both, will ever meet the sanction of the American people. The love of property is deeply implanted in the human nature. It is a sentiment not to be uprooted, but to be wisely nourished and cultivated. "The charge has been made that the People's party proposes to confiscate the bulk of the property in this country under the leadership of a desperate socialist-- myself. It is hardly necessary for me to assure the good people of New York that we have no designs on the massive and beautiful buildings which for miles make Broadway the grandest business street in the world. We may look almost with envy on the palaces of Fifth Avenue, but no hand shall ba raised against them in the name of the people. Not in our platform, not in the minds of our leaders, not in the great heart of the people exist...

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