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Elmira daily bazoo. (Elmira, N.Y.) 1877-1877, September 17, 1877, Image 2

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Elmira Baily Bazoo Tho OFFICIAL OP.CA N of the Woikinsuieii of Elmira and Ohomuug County, PUBLISHED EVEKY NOON BY E. C. GEORGE & CO., 136 EAST WATER ST. TEKMS:—Single Copy, One Cent. Single Coi)y one month delivered by carrier, or by mail , 25 Cents. Monday, Sept. 17, 1877. There is no working class in this country in the sense that there is in Euro- pean countrie.s—a class of people condemned to hopeless an d ill-requited toil in circumstan - ces out of v/hich i t is impossible that they ever shall be lifted, or shall raise themselves, a class against which discriminations are made Ijy the constitution of the governmen t and by its legis- lation in favor of other classes. The social material out of which grow a standing danger and menace in other countries is not found in this country . There is, therefore, no probabil - ity that tho laboring class will rise in its wrqth, and in its blind and ill-r«gulatcd might demand 'that certain monstrous, absurd and impractica - l)le things be done. During the strike riots there were no stronger conservators of peace and order than members of the laboring class; and the members of that class woul d be among the foremost,voters to vote into ridicule the pre- posterous schemes by which tlreamers and luiui- tics fancy that a rough and hard working woild is to be changed into a lazy paradise. The London Spectator affects to believe that because the workingnieii are influential in i)oli- tics there will be trouble , while the truth is that it is because the workingmeri are inilucntial in politics that there will be no trouble. Where they have nothing t o say about affairs it is not surprising that they conceive wild and imprac- ticable notions of the management of affairs. In this country they have something to say about .affairs, they are educated, their very par- ticipation in politics is an education; and there- fore they will give their votes to practical , reasonable measures. The workingmen here are known as voters of shrew d commo n sense. Of course, wher e political discussion is free and suffrage is universal, absurd doctrines will find a place in party platforms, and the demagogue will ply his industry with more or less energy; but such doctrines never stand before popular intelligence , and the demagogue sooner or later incurs the contempt of the very class to which he appeals. It is true enough that just now ihe country is suffering fro m industrial and commercial de- pression in common with ail Euiope: but this depression is well understood to be a temporary distress which patience, energy and a wise pub- lic policy will relieve; and already experienced eyes see signs of substantial recovery. On the other hand the prosperity of the Union, as a whole , throughou t its existence, is not only ad- mitted but is the wonder of the wo:lil. Eve n whe n affairs were at their worst, visitors fro m other countries were furnished at the Philadel - phia Exhibition with abundant proof of the ca- pacity of the United States to compete with any nation whatever in all things which go to make up a great commercial and industrial success. Texas is so anxious to secure emigratio n that she is virtually giving away her public lands. The head of a family can get one hundied and sixty acres for the expense of the survey and patent, which are altogether about Laboring men, out of employment , are turn- ing their attention more and more lowanis the rare opening in the South. There are thousands of acres of unoccupied lands in the lately re- bellious States, with rich forests, productive mines, fertile soil , flowing springs, and superior opportunities to secure comfortable homes with only a small sum of ready cash. , \Our Pharisaism \ says tlie liuleqiendetit, \may not be as bad as that in Christ's time, but it is the same in nature, and is to be deait with in the same way.\ Christ called Pharisees \hypocrite s and vipers.\ The men who seek to disguise themselves under a laborer's garb that they may serve their own selfish purposes, constitute a very mean class of hypocrites,\ but fortunately they are e.isily detected. They always wan t \place\ for themselves or their friends, and all they Want of laboring men is their votes. \Why don't I go into the country ? \ said the tr.anq), g.azing with scorn at his heartless inter- rogator—\why ain't it harvest time ? Them farmers are just mean small-souled enough to ax a man't o work for his victuals . Do you sup- pose I want t o have the back of my neck all blistered up, and my hands stuck full of thistles and like as no t get mashed in a threshin g ma- chine ? And besidesj I never could eat fried pork and hot biscuits all the time. It ain't heal- thy.

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