Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
of the Nat'l Park. I foresee an anti-military agitation that will bring the whole affair into popular disrepute, and I probably will lend my hand freely to help that agitation along. I enclose a copy of a draft of an address that will immediately be got before the public, and one of similar tenor will, if I can manage it, be sent to the Legislature, asking that body to address a protest to the Secretary. The Legislature may refuse, but the Park business will be "done up," as far as popular support goes. The question will perhaps be dragged into politics. Of course the responsiblity for that resets with Mr. Noble. I don't doubt the perfect sincerity of his judgment, but he cannot be well informed of the necessities of the work on hand. The military scheme may be excused as a makeshift, but we all know how quickly makeshifts grow into rooted customs. I, for one, much prefer to see that country run by a money ring than by a ring of the military order. But, even as a makeshift the thing is exactly calculated to fit the money ring's wishes. It would be a false start, and that is all that the monopoly wants at present. That concern always fights by working through others for delay, and when the other party has lost interest or is tired out the monopoly quickly takes a firmer grip than ever on the country.
1890 Dec 28
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