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The statute passed by the legislature of 1893, requiring barber shops to close on Sunday is declared by the Supreme Court to be good !aw. Last week's dispatches from all parts of the country show an increase in business, in the number of men employed and in the hours of labor where "short time" was the rule. Last week the Supreme Court knocked out the "Jag Cure" law, one of the foolishest and most absurd laws ever placed on the statute books of this state. Peace to the ashes of another of the monstrosities of the dollar buck legislature. The state of New York occupies the proud position of being free from debt, and her governor says the regular state tax levy can be abolished, the inheritance tax furnishing sufficient revenue to meet all expenses. Why would it not be well for Michigan to raise at least a portion of her revenue from this source ? It is one of the easiest and most effective methods of taxing personal property. No one, except possibly those directly interested, would object to a change in the Wilson bill increasing the tax on whiskey from 1.00 to $1.20 per gallon and the placing of a tax on beer, but this should not be done at the expense of the free list. If any change in the free list is to be made, it should be in the direction of enlargement rather than contraction. It will not be a surprise should the Senate place a small duty - say one cent a pound - on sugar. Such a duty would be almost wholly a revenue duty, and would yield to the treasury more than thirty millions of dollars. Such a tax would not be oppressive, and if t becomes necessary in order to raise a suftïcient revenúe for the needs of the government, much can be said in its favor. Any effort by the Senate, however, to substitute this tax on sugar for the income tax would arouse universal opposition. No tax bn any kind of consumption must be substituted for the income tax. The most pressing need of the hour is action by the senate on the Wilson tariff bill. It is now nearly a month since the bill went to the senate and it is not yet out of the hands of the finance c.ommittee. It is an outrage on the business interests of the country to continue this needless delay another hour. The country should know, and at once, on what basis the business of the coming season is to be done. If there was any probability of the senate tinkering, resulting in any improvement of the bill, it would be different, but according to all reports there is none. The delay is not the result of an honest effort to improve the bill, but is caused by the desire of a few protection democrats to secure a continuance of government pap to their special interests. The bill should be reported at once and either passed or rejected. Every day that passes marks an advance in public sentiment in favor of the income tax. The masses are slowly awakening to a realization of the fact that the struggle over this measure is a fight of the masses against privileged classes, an effort to compel those long accustomed to the benefits of class legislation to "put up" for the support of government in proportion to the benefits jeceived. They are coming to ierstand that while there is no i :ice done their more fortúnate lows by the imposition of this ta, every dollar of revenue collected ' from the great fortunes of the wealtuy diminishes by just that much their own burdens. The people are in earnest in this matter, and had they now the opportunity of expressing their wishes by nieans of the ballot, they would ! ably serve notice on the "millionaire club" sitting at Washington that they must keep hands off this feature of the Wilson tariff bill. i = - Rumors canie from Washintogn to the effect that certain democratie senators are desirous of having a duty placed on wool for the purpose of appeasing the wool men. This is a manifestation of the same insidious, dickering, log rolling spirit that has dominated all republican tariff "tinkering" during the past thirty years. It is a conspiracy on the part of a few lingering protection 'democrats, in view of the narrow majority in the senate, to fleece the public once more for the benefit of special interests. Free wool is one of the best features of the new tariff bill, and it is to be hoped that the House, which is directly representative of the people's wishes will decline most emphatically to recede from its position on the question at the dictation of the undemocratic Senate. If all the "herring" interests that are clamoring for a conti nuance of protective duties on their special products are to have their selfish demands honor - ed, it would be quite as well to leave the McKinley act in force with all its iniquitous provisions. But the plam duty of the Senate is to leave wool where the House put it, on the free list. Gen. A. P. Martin, of Boston, one of the largest manufactures of boots and shoes in the United States, sees no terrors in the Wilson bilí for either labor or manufacturers. He does not believe that the admission of raw materials free will reduce the price of labor, but that it will tend to increase that price by opening the markets of the world to the various industries as it has to the shoe and leather trade, by reason of cheap raw materials. He claims that the removal of the duty on hides enabled the boot and shoe manufactures to extend their markets to Central and South America and to compete with England, France and Germany, and he sees no reason why the same system applied to other industries will not enable them to extend their markets in the same way and to compete with toreign manufacturers the world over. Why should this be thought a thing incredible? We have a population teeming with push and energy and business tact; we have the skilled labor and and all the necessary capital for carrying on business of any magnitude; our inventive genius has furnished us with the most improved machinery in the world: we have all the resources, in fact, to enable us to engage successfully in the widest copetition. Cheaper raw material, therefore, means an equally good product at less cost, and a consequent extention of our markets and increased production. fhere is nothing in these results which need reduce the price of labor. Wqrkingmen have nothing to fear from the passage of the Wilson bill.


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