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What Free Trade Has Done For Ireland

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" A brief recital of historical faets is here in order. l'revlom to the so-called Union Ireland possessed, among other protected industries, manufactures of wool, carpeta, blankets, silk, unen, calleo, flannels, stockings, etc. Of all those only one, Unen, remains vigorous. Started nearly two centurles ago, and nurtured by liberal protection, when iii 1826 sucb ]rotection was withdrawn it was sufflciently matured to stand strong and vigorous, and is now not only reoognized nsoneof the leading industries ofEurope, but so cosmopolitan in reputation that the prefix of Irish is a sure guaranty of excellence of fabric throughout the world. Not so with wool and its manufactures, an industry which fiom the birth of the lamb to the finished fabric of the loora gaye pleasant and protitable employment to farmers, manufacturera and operatives, boside?. from a mysterious virtue in the excrements of the sheep, restoring worn-out lands and tertilizing hillsides, where other agencies could not be applied. The Unions continued the protection on woolens twenty years, when, by a süding scale, the import Outies were graduallv diminished to nothing in 1840, and the woolen manufacturers of Dublin uho ntimbered !ll in the year 1800, were dwindled down to 12 in 1840, and the employés in the same time were numerically reduced from 4,918 to 602 persons. The same statistici show the decadencein Dublin thus: Masterwoolcombers in 1800, 80; in 1334, 5; operativo wool-combers in 1800, 230: in 1834. 66; carpst mannbcturen in 1800, 13; in 1841.1; carpet operativos in 1800,720; in 1841, 10. Thcre were 1,000 flannel looms in the Couuty of Wicklow In 1800. In 1841 not one remained. .Similar results In many other industries could be nrespnted did spice pcrmit. - The Irish World. The Argus of last week takes a column ui1 -o n ui attempt to make the people belleve that a tarlff makes the price of woo! lov:, while free trade would make it high. In other words that white is black and black is white. What bosh. Experience is the teacher that people learn tlieir lessons by, and it Is a pretty dear lesson the Mills bill is glving tliem thisyear. From 10 to 15 cents a poiind on evety poiind of wool tliey haveto sell, that's uil. This country is not prepared for Australuin priees on wool norforeign priccs on other producís, nor foreign piicM for labor, cithet. Tlie people know what they see, and are jroing to proUot our home industries and our home markt't for a time longer, Mr. Argus. General Ilarrison s called by such let ñames as the " Jk-athen Chinee," by demócrata. So le t. It will be remembered tlmt tlie " Heathcn Chinee"- Imniortalized by Bret Harte- held Uve aces at the close of the game - a hand that was


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