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IN AMERICAN DIPLOMACY 201


trol that characterized both Grant and Cleve- land in handling this same problem. In fact he didn't handle it at all. He turned it over to the mob to handle — a proceeding that in many other instances in our history would have led to war.

When Cleveland left the tiller and William McKinley took charge of affairs, the situation was about as follows :

In February, 1895, revolution broke out in Cuba. It was brought on mainly by the mani- fest incapacity of even the most radical Span- ish mind to conceive of a liberal colonial policy. To this was added a high protective American tariff on sugar, which tended to ruin the prin- cipal industry, and cause great poverty and suffering on the island. While we are posing as apostles of a new era of good will toward men and of policies of world-wide justice which will reduce wars to a minimum, it is worth while taking a little thought to the manifest hard- ships and ill feeling continually engendered by artificial tampering with economic laws upon

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