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From our archives: Harrison victorious; ‘the country is safe’

What we thought: 125 years ago

Published: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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Benjamin Harrison 1833-1901 Harrison, a Republican, defeated incumbent Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, for president in 1888; Cleveland won their rematch in 1892. Harrison is the only president to be elected from Indiana.
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James Monroe 1758-1831 Monroe, the fifth president, served from 1817 to 1825. In 1888, the Gazette reported that a 95-year-old local man, who had not voted regularly since the era of Monroe, was transported to the polls to cast his vote for Grover Cleveland.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Nov. 9, 1888.

A big day for

Harrison, GOP

Harrison and Morton have positively received 233 electoral votes – 32 more than necessary for their election. ...

Latest estimates place the membership of the next Senate at 40 Republicans and 36 Democrats, and of the next House at 173 Republicans and 152 Democrats, a complete reversal of the partisan division of the present House.

Mr. Harrison is elected, and the Republicans have control of the House. They also have a large majority in the legislature of Illinois, assuring the re-election of [U.S. Sen. Shelby] Cullom.

The result of the election will be this: The Democrats will be out of power a longer time than before, if ever they get back again under their present name. A number of Democrats of thoughtfulness and prominence have admitted this to the editor.

The first act of the new administration will be to admit Dakota, Washington and Montana. These three new states will assure the perpetuation of the Republicans in power.

But if this were not enough, they will have the redistricting of the congressional districts after the census of 1890, and they will see to it that the redistricting is not done in Democratic interests. The Republicans hold firmly to the idea that their party is right, and the other party is wrong, and they will use the means within the Constitution to prevent that party getting back.

Everybody knows that the country is safe. Business should now take the place of politics.

Shaved, fleeced

The Democrats are being shaved and fleeced in every sense the word implies. A certain Democrat stepped into a barber shop [before Election Day] to be shaved and have his hair cut and proposed that he would pay 70 cents for the job if Harrison was elected, and nothing if Cleveland was elected.

“Walk in,” said the barber, “sit down in the chair.”

The work was soon done and the customer started off and told his friends, and now the barber is up to his neck – as well as that of his customers’ – in work. In fact, he is running an enormous Democratic trust business.

Political lesson

A young lady teacher in a neighboring town nearly broke up her school a few days ago, so it is reported, by expressing decided political opinions and making uncomplimentary remarks regarding political parties other than the one she is in sympathy with, in the presence of her pupils.

It is said she also taunted pupils, some of them quite young, because they did not believe as she did.

Hadn’t voted

since Monroe

The people of the different political parties worked like beavers all day Tuesday to poll as large a vote as possible. Carriages were sent out, and every voter who could be thought of, sick or well, was brought to the polls.

An invalid named John Sawyer, who has not voted for years, was taken to the polls to vote for Harrison yesterday.

The Democrats, not to be outdone in zeal, drove up to the residence of the old gentleman Fry and, wrapping up old Mr. Williams, 95 years of age, who has cast but few votes since Monroe’s time, conveyed him to the voting place, and had him sworn in. He voted for Cleveland.

Smarter heat

We have noticed, in several of the school houses of the rural districts of the county, hard coal burners instead of the old soft coal heaters.

The idea is an excellent one, as a more even temperature can be had, and being left burning overnight, the room is ready for the scholars in the morning.

We are certain the teachers like the plan, and we hope it will not be long before every school house in the county is heated by hard coal.

Fire protection

at wire company

The Northwestern Barb Wire Co. building has about as complete appliance for fire protection as any in the city.

Superintendent Burke has just put in, near the entrance of the first floor, a universal nozzle, connected with the water mains, by which water can be thrown to any part of the interior of the first floor in a very few seconds, and to which, when necessary, a short hose can be attached to throw water on any of the other floors.

A nice city

Whatever may be said or done, the fact remains that we have a nice, quiet yet busy city. There are practically no paupers among us, and not a case of suffering.

Men who will work can find it, and can make a living. Many of our citizens have grown rich here. Thousands have saved money here.

There are good schools, churches of various denominations, and good society. Tributary to Sterling is a farming region not excelled anywhere else in the world.

Permanently improved roads are run out of the city in every direction. Sterling invites capital here. A street car line would pay.

Sterling has a splendid system of water works, two lines of railroad, and is now putting up a city hall. The city is practically out of debt.

We invite strangers to come and examine our natural facilities. All the water power desired can be secured.

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