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Our Only Specie

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It Í8 ungracious, perhaps, just now, wheD pennios are our only specie, to eriticise the proposed new isaue of brass or bronze cent aud two cent pieces. The coins themselves are desirable, but the material ic anythingelse. The "nickel" is not a beautiful coin, though this is cbargeable more to the tastelens designers of the mint than to the alloy of which it is composéd But it is neither offensive to the smell, nor subject to poisonous corrosión. Boih of these objections, and they are grave ones, lie against a brazen coinage. It is com plained of the nickel coin, that at, the present price of the metal it cannot be manufactured at a profit, and may even occasion loss to the goverument. There is no difficulty, however, d that. It is only necessary to reduce its thickness or its diameter in proportion to the increa sed cost of material. That would solve ■ the problem which seems to puzzle the wise officials, who have now no other care upon their hands than the manufacture of the least coin of the Republic. But if a love of change, or any other motive, makes a new alloy desirable at the mint, why cannot we have the incorrodible, scentless, Hght and beautiful aluminum bronze, for the small denomina tions tf currency now alone represented in metal? This compound is lighter in j weight than the ordiuary brouze (alumi num weighing only about a third as ! much as tin), and has a beautiful, lively color, betwcen gold and copper. The j proportions of the ingredieuts are 5 ! uminum and 95 copper, or 10 aluminuin ; aud !0 copper, tbe fortner having the iich' st color, and the additional adrantage of being easily malleable when hot. As the proportion of aluminum is in creased, the bronze becomeg hard and ! brittle, and with 80 per cent of copper ; imparts a yellowish white color. The cost of this bronze is no more than that I of the otber description. Prof. St. Clair i Deville, of Paris, to whose talents, i dustry and lavish expenditure of means, ' the world owes the discovery of the j marcial or practical process of ting the metal from its chloride, stated two years ago that the oaly conditiou necessary for the utilization of the ] iuum in the arts, was its production at a cost eonsiderably less than that of j ve.'. This coudition has uow been ! zed ; but thus far the utilization of the metal has been limiied Phat it could be used in coinage there is no doubt, and we must protest against any suoh change : as the one now proposed, from an innocuou8 to an offensive and poisonous substance for the coir.positiou of a coio uuiversally oirculated, and more commonly in the hands (and mouths) of children at all times than any other. ui ui - Ioatract distributed by tbe Mormon preachers, the followiüg question and answer occurs ; "What shall be the reward of tbose wbo have foraaken their wives for righteousneHs' sake ? A hundred fold of wiveB bere, and wives eTTer]atting ]


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Michigan Argus