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To appeal to the women of the country to come to the relief in the present finan - cial troubles may at first seem absurd, but there is a reason for it that more speciouR calis have not. It is not asked of tbem to be more economical ; to save money, and. contribute it to the poor ; or to change their expendituro a whit ; but to turn their monetary brooklets into a different channel, - in short, to buy domestic instead of imported goods. No great perspicacity is needed to comprehend that, whiie the Eepublic is paying, vearly, inillions and niillious more of gold for imports than it gets for exports, it can hardly return to specie paypient ; and just so long as that is deferred, we must have panics and all sorts of monetary derangements. So, if the buying of imported goods be the source of so much trouble, would it not be well to refrain from buying them, and keep the gold we need, instead of sending it abroad? There is no need of leagues and clubs and much palaver (o make this a practical improvement. All that the wisest and most earnest woman can do is simply to ask for a domestic brand when she is making a purohase. It ia to tho women that the appeal is made, beeause it is for their benefit that the inajority of tho costly imports are brought. It ia thoy who deui.ind'and use thein ; and therefure it is for them to act against the tyranny of mode. The sacrifioe will not be so great or so difficult as miht seem. We manufacture elegant silks, only lessbeautiful than their French and Belgium cornpeers. We make as fine ribbons and flowers as are made anywhere. Our alpacas and other stuff goods aro not excelled, while all our cotton fabrics are world-renowned. We manufacture beautiful cloakings, often sold under the head of ' iinported," - a word having a mysterious but very powerful attraction for most women. The flannels and feltings of certain American houses are proverbial for their fineness. We make fringes, fancy trimmings, and certain kinds of lace. Shawls, shoes, woven underclothing, stockings, - all kinds and qualities of goods are in the catalogue of our producĂ­s. We do not suppose the Treasury Dopartment will immediately resume specie payment becauso of our little suggestion ; but we do believe that if it were widely acted upon, it would greatly lessen the monetaiy troubles of the nation. -


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Michigan Argus