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Desirable Enactments

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The Chicago Tribune thinks that as Congress has demonstrated its power to pass laws which override those of nature it ought to keep on doing so. Here are some of the enactmente which it deerns desirable : A large number of persons who deal in dry goods find themselves seriously embarraased by the sniall amount of monoy they get for their wares. Suppose we have a neat little ennctment to the effect that hereatter a yard shall be thirty inches, and that everybody shall pay as inuch for the new yard as they do now for the old one. Then the merchants would get more rnoney, and commerce would revive. A bilí to make a dollar worth a dollar would be a good thing. Congress can make tnoney cheap. It has just proclainied its ability to do so, Coined gold is money. ïheieforo, Congress can make geld cheap. ïhere is logio for Logan. Let the law be : "A greenback dollar ■ shall be worth a dollar in gold." While these ñxers of values are abouc it, however, they ruight as well put the greenback at a premium by making it worth f 1 50 in gold. It is well known that a former Congress passed a law by which the English pound sterling was made oqual to $4 44 in our ooin, and that nevertheless the pound sterling has sinfully refused to equal less than $4 84 of such coin. It is evident that this old Congress did not possess a tithe of the powers of the present one. lts laws yielded to those of nature. It is therefore incumbent on the present Congress to re-enact this old provisión, and, by depressing the value of the pound, show the effete despotisms of Europe what the American eagle can do in the way of tinance when his blood is up. It is not to be borne that history should contradict Congress. When the latter benevolently niakes money out of green paper and black ink, is the former to be suffered to Bhow that such expedienta have always resulted in panio and ruin ï We should have a law at once setting forth that the Continental currency did not deprecia and that theFrench assignats were not repudiated, and that the Austrian bank notes are at present at par. and that hereafter no depreciation of paer currency shall over happen, unless he Congress of the Uaited States shall lave passed a bilí to give nature tree ourse " for this time only." Stimulants. Although the free use of beer and wine in European countries is claimed to )e strengthening and beneficial, yet an ntirely different effect is decided, by the )est authority, to be produced by modrate drinking in America. The American climate tends to a delicate nwrvous development - the injury to the tissues which alcoholio stimulants jroduces creating unhealthy nervous action, is said to be in no case of ultímate benefit, but on the contrary prejudicial. Archbishop Purcell, of Cincinnati, recently issued a circular strongly upholding the use of wine and beer, to which J. G. Holland replied in an article of considerable length, proving from the testimony of eminent physiologists that stimulants never restore, but subtract from the vital forces. Cari Walstun's Germán colony, which ocated in West Mouutain Park, Colóralo, built a brewery the first year of the ettlement, and although all other cirumstances were favorable, the second ■year went to ruin. This is spoken of as one evidence to prove that the influence of beer drinking is antagonistic to skill and efficiency in work. The N. Y. Tribune referring to this subject says : Either the climate or the institutions, or both, of the United States seems to forbid moderate drinking. In Europe a laborer may be efficiënt and skillful and yet drink beer, eider or spirits, every day, and in many cases seem to be no worse. But in this country, such laborers quickly clegenerate, and in a short time they cannot be depended upon, and they become confirmed drunkards.


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