The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 193
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Colonel Bill Snort
"Why he would make a splendid typical American consul! I don't
know of a better man to represent the administration abroad. ...
And if any more of your relatives turn out bad, let me know it and
I'll see that they are attended to."12
Another campaign issue that bothered the Republicans was
protection. Harrison had told the workingmen that the high tariff
was in their best interest, but a recession caused many factories
to shut down and the working class began to blame the Repub-
lican party. Snort advised Harrison and Blaine that all they could
do was to sell the working man on the blessings of poverty.
The Republican press must educate the workingman up to that
point. . . Don't the Bible say, 'Blessed are the poor?' Well, then,
the poorer they are the more blessed they are; hence, if the Repub-
lican party is making the workingman more blessed, it is inspired
from above to lead the American workingman away from the perils
and temptations of wealth, and that is the party he should support.
When you come to think of it, the poor man is the only happy
man. ... The poor man is never sued for $25,000 in a suit for
breach of promise, neither is he obliged to pay taxes, or subscribe
to the Grant monument fund. He never drinks fine wines or eats
fashionable dinners, the fruitful cause of so much suffering and dis-
ease. If the blessings of poverty are thus temptingly laid before the
workingman he will bless the Republican party for keeping him
poor, and vote the straight ticket every time, and there will not be
the slightest danger of him waking up in torment in the next world,
along with ... high protection capitalists. On the contrary, the
workingman will get his h--1 in this world as he goes along, like a
man wearing a pair of tight boots.'8
Soldiers' pensions were another hot political issue, and the "old
soldier vote," angered by Cleveland's vetoes of pension bills,
mustered behind Harrison. Harrison appointed "Corporal" James
Tanner of New York, a prominent GAR stump speaker, as com-
missioner of pensions. Tanner soon became known as the "surplus
buster" because he distributed money with such a liberal hand.
Snort observed: "Being crippled up in the war seems to me to be
the healthiest occupation there is."'4 Snort went to see Tanner,
and the commissioner was surprised when he found out Snort was
a close friend of the President and had not yet received a pension.
12Ibid., XI (July 6, 1889), 4.
18Ibid., X (April 13, 1889), 4.
14Ibid., XI (September 14, 1889), 8.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961, periodical, 1961; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/m1/223/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.