Ever since Colonel (Theodore) Roosevelt split the Republican Party, and the Democrats at Baltimore chose Dr. (Woodrow) Wilson for their presidential nominee, it was apparent to all unbiased observers that the Democratic candidate would prevail. Colonel Roosevelt’s vigorous campaigning, his magnetic personality, along with a new wave of sympathy in his favor brought on by a recent dastardly attempt on his life all apparently improved his chances of election. But, ultimately, Dr. Wilson gained a sweeping victory, obtaining more than 300 votes out of 531 in the electoral college. By securing this victory, the Democrats seem to have come a fair way to regaining the great prestige they enjoyed before the Civil War.
Foremost in the new president’s program is tariff reform. We do not believe that the Democrats will try to revolutionize the present system. There may not be any sweeping reduction in the present high import duties, say on Japanese silk goods, but there is likewise no fear of those duties being raised still higher. In foreign relations, too, we expect there will be some relief. Imperialism and the ambitious navy so vigorously pressed by the Republican leaders, will doubtless be maintained, but in a milder form. If the Japanese emigration question will not meet any kindlier treatment from the Democrats, it will certainly not fare any worse.