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The Proposed Newspaper Tax

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Day
7
Month
February
Year
1862
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Public Domain
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W neliington, ieb. 2. It ia nnderetood Ihat the tax-bi!) is being perfectod in details by the Comniittee of Waya and Means. It proposes a moderato rate of taxation on most articles nee.essary for consuinption, with higher rates on distilled liquora and articles of luxury; also on legacies and probate ; on passongors by raüroad and oonveyanues; on nevrupapcrs and telegraphic messages. Tho writer of the above telegram, and the rnembera of the Committee of Waye and Mean?, if it corroctly representa their views, must belong to tho school of Her.ry A. Wise, who is aid to hare thanked God that not a newspaper was pubüshcd in h3 Congressional district. Newspnpers are considered a luxury and to bo taxed as suobj or else the view oí Wise is to be adopted, ncwspapers brnnded as n nuisance nnd svppressed by taxa'ioTi. - The loyal printers and publishers of the loyal 8tates, - and should eome Congreseional Diogenos instituto a georeb, candió in hand he would scarce fiod any other, - vvill not object to bearing their sharo of the burden of taxation; but wc proiast that to lay a ta.x u[ on printed sheets will aid in crushing out many papors just struggling for existence, and thua defeat the object of the Committee of Ways and Means, unless it is composed ot Wi?es. Publifhers are now iaxed upon their capital, and every publ'mher, in Michigan at least, Michigan having assumed the collection of its portion of tho national tax, will pay his full proportion of the wr.r expenses. And if any oí them aro more than realizing i bear living from their business, (?) the propesed income tax will oornpel them to contribnte oí their surplus profits. Therc is no jiistice in laying a specifio tas upon ncwe paper issues; as well tax evcry light of glass in dvveHings, everv loaf of bread or pound of flour consumcd, for newspapers are both üght and food. If tho government propones to tax manufactures of all kinds on their capital, and then on their produeta ; to tax merchants on their stocks oí goods, and then tax every yard of silk or calicó they sell ; to tax a blacksmith on his tools, and then lay a tax on every nail he rtay drive in a horse shoe; or to tax tho day laborer on his scant earning?, and so through all classes of business and trado, then it will be just to tax nowspaper issues, and not without. It niatters not whother the tax is upon each sheet or upon the aggregate circulation, tho publishcr must pay it from bis ecanty profits or advatico the price to aubscribers, and in either case hundreds of papers vvill be crushed out, and the pampered city jounials alono benefiteri. Let Congross, and Congressmen whose aspirations to serve tho public havo not already been gratifled, boware. ËET Duncan Stewart, of Detroit, is out with another letter, nnd this time charges " that ono of tho field offieera of the Laucers was to receive a very haud somo per centage on the cost of the lance beads furnished to the regiment." Duncan says that lic lias notified Congressman Dawes, and that a visit from tho Investigatintr Committee may bo expected, and further says " that if any man expeets to steal my taxes, ho will fiud that it will coet him two dollars for every one dollar he gets." Hopo thafc Duneau's threatsare not all vapor. SP It isreported by one of the governmeut officers that tho regimental bands of tho volunteer forces nunibor moro men tlian did the army wbftn the war broke out, and that thcir annual cost is $5,000,000 exclusive of allowanees for clothing, subsistenco, and transportation. An act of Congress is contcmplated to discharge and mustcr thom out of service. L=ïL Tho London Post says that Minister Abams did not commnnicate to Earl Russki.l tbc contents of Secretary ökwaüd's private letter, written days bcforo tho government bad any intimation of tho ill-feeling in England over the Mason-Slidell arrest, and whicb letter disavowed the act ot Cápt. WlLKES. On tho contrary, Earl Rcssell says that Mr. Adajib did read tho lettor to him on tho lOth oi December. Some of the English papers criticiso the Earl in severe terms for not intimating to tho public tho contents ol the Sevakd letter, which would havo kept dovva tho war fueling. ü" Dr. Solqss, wbo was announced to appear beforo the Btudcnfs Lccture Associatjon on Monday ovening, " failed to tjnaect." We aro, tbereforo, ignorant of his yicys of the " KepubUcan Experiment.1'

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