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Nuts For Protectionists To Crack

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If, as protectionists teil us, wages depend upon tarifïs, then, as we have the same tariff in all parts of the United States, it would be natural to conclude that wages should be uniform from Maine to California. The Foundrymen's association, of Philadelphia, after a considerable arnount of correspondence, has compiled a tabulated statement of wages paid ia foundries of the United States printed in The Iron Age of May 20, 1892. Soine of the figures are from country foundries, others from car wheel, stove and inalleable iron and pipe shops, etc. According to this table the average wages of molders vary from $3.50 per day in San Francisco and OakI land, Cal., to $1.60 in Hagerstóivn, Md. A few of the other averages are: In Pittstrarg, $3; Cönshobocken, Pa., I L.83; Philadelphia, $2.50; Chester, Pu.. $2.40; York, Pa., $2.10; Reading, $2: Allentown, Pa., $1.90; Bloomsburg, Ta., $1.75; Denver, 3.25; New York and Brooklyn, $3; Chicago, $2.75; Charleston, $2.60; Portsmouth, N. H., $2.2öJ Elmira, N. Y., $2; Wilmington, Del., $l'.85. The average wages of coremakers vary from $3.50 in Leadville, Colo., and, L3.25 in San Francisco, to $1.25 in Eliiiira and Brockport, N. Y., and Selma, Ala.; of cupola tenders, from $3.50 in Oakland, Cal., to $1 in severai southern cities; of chippers, from $2.50 in Leadville, Colo., to 75 cents in Athens, Ga. Will some kind and logical protectionist please explain these discrepancies? Will he also inf orm us how it is that the highly paid labor in eastern cities competes with the poorly paid labor in neighboring cities and in the south, and turns out his product cheaper than the poorly paid labor can turn out their product? He might also give his reasons for thinking that New York laborers need protection from the pauper labor of Canada and none froin the pauper labor of Maryland, and why a tariff wall should not be constrncted on the Alleghany mountains to protect the threedollar-a-day laborer of Pittsburg from the two-dollar-a-day laborer of Beading and Harrisburg. Such apparent inconsistencies as these are daily occnrring to many tmtutored minds, and it behooves the protectionist to be on the alert with simple, straightforward argumenta to dispel them. "How do you get along with your bicycle?" "Well" replied the truthful young man, "sometimes one way and sometimes another. Sometimes the bicycle rides me and once in a while I ride the bicycle."


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