ticles, each of which was extensively, and with very few exceptions favorably, commented upon by newspapers of both parties throughout the country.
A forcible address was also delivered on the subject to the National Board of Trade by Hon. Theodore Roosevelt; and more recently Admiral Erben, whose opportunities nave been frequent of observing the sorry figure often cut by our consuls in comparison with those of other countries, has expressed himself as strongly in favor of this reform, whichit could have been otherwise than exceedingly detrimental to its efficiency.
Nor is it a matter for surprise, when the numerous removals which have taken place afterwards are added to the above figures, that most people should agree with Mr. Theodore Roosevelt in the opinion that the present system is undoubtedly directly responsible for immense damages to our trade and commercial relations, and costs our mercantile classes hundreds of thousands —in all probability, many millions—of dollars eve
Reed, speaker; 1891-93, Democratic; Crisp, speaker.
1893-97: Cleveland; Stevenson, Vice-President, Democrat; Gresham, then Olney, State; Carlisle, Treasury; Lamont, War; Olney, then Harmon, Attorney-General; Bissell, then Wilson, Postmaster-General; Herbert, Navy; Smith, Interior; Morton, Agriculture.
Congress, Democratic; Crisp, speaker; 1895.
House Republican; Reed, speaker.
1897-1901: McKinley; Hobart, Vice-President, Republican (died Nov. 2, 1899); Sherman, Day, and Hay, State; Gage, Treasury; Alger and Root, War; McKenna, Griggs, and Knox, Attorney-General; Gary and Smith, Postmaster-General; Long, Navy; Bliss and Hitchcock, Interior; Wilson, Agriculture.
Congress, Republican; Reed and Henderson, speakers.
1901-1905: McKinley; Roosevelt, Vice-President (succeeded as President Sept. 14, 1901), Republican; Hay, State; Gage, Treasury; Root, War; Knox, Attorney-General; Smith, Postmaster-General; Long, Navy; Hitchcock, Interior; Wilson, Agriculture.