Commendatory of Mr. Conger

We clip the following from the Universalist Leader:—

The Journal and Messenger (Cincinnati) says, August 15: "We regard it as very fortunate that the Republican party in Iowa did not nominate Mr. Conger for governor. Conger is greatly needed where he is, as Minister to China, for the protection of the interests of the United States.... Mr. Conger took a very manly stand when here on his vacation. He said, if the people of Iowa wanted him as governor he would accept, but he would make no effort to secure the nomination. Others did make effort, another man has been nominated, and Mr. Conger will remain where the world just now needs him—in China."

We agree with our esteemed contemporary in this view of Mr. Conger's usefulness in China. He is the right man in the right place, and his sympathy with the missionaries and his efforts for their protection, shows him to be a broadminded, tolerant, and humane man, who dignifies his position and worthily represents our country and our common Christianity. China will see the day when it will be proud to count Edwin H. Conger among its best and most farseeing friends.

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