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The Free Trade heresy, tliongli badly fct back by the last election, is still being spread. It wil] be tlie issue for the next CoDgressional and National elections despite the striking fact tlmt ucder our Bplendld protective system the prices for neecssaries have lessened, while wages liuve increased. To-day, althoujili there is a depression all over the world, we are far more pro9perous than any other nation. It is far different now in free trade days ispecially willi farming. As to this we quote from a speech, made last week by the meunber ol Congress froin this district: My iriend from New York [Mr.Coverl], who speaks of the necessity of the farmmer3 setting the articles which tliey rereriuire as cheap as possible, and who says that this bilí proposes to prevent that result, ouglit to know that there is not a single item which the farmer has to use In tlift way of maehinery or tools that to-day is not from 25 to 50 percent, cheaper than it ever was before. For instance, ilrst-rlass reapers and binden, which iu 1880 cost $300, cu be bought to-day in our markets for $150; seeders, which Uien cost $35, can be bought to-day for $15; pumps, which cost $15, can be bought for $8; barbed wire for iencing, wbfch cost 10 cents a pomul, can be bought lo day for 5 cents. The window-glass used by the farmer can to-day be boujrht 25 per cent. cheaper than in 1S80. The tin cup, of which we have lieard so much f rom the other side, cost, in 1880, 10 cents, and to-day t Is worth onlyO cents. Yon can not name anytbiug that the farmer is obliged to buy in the market,hisfertiliy.ersincluded,that lie can not buy cheaper to-day than ever before. And tbis is uot all: the things which he buys are made in the United States, and that is worth a good deal to au American citizen. Ilcre are a few "facts for farmers" wbleh tlie New York (Wall street) Keform Club wijl find difliculty In evaüing: Oats sokl in Chicago April 15, 1890, liifihest 23í; lowest 21 cents per busliel. Tliey BOld May 16, 1S90. bigüest, 29%; iowi-st, 2G}. Hay solu April 15 at $8 per ton for upland prairie; May 15 at $12.50. Ky; sold April 15 at 43 and 48}. cents per baahel; ittay 15 at 54 and 53. Hed wlieat sold at 85 cents 011 April 15 and at 92 011 May 15. Sprinj; wheat sold nt (0 and 75 cents April 15 and at 08 ;inil 92 on May 15. Corn sold at 31, 32 JL. and 3314 cents April 15, and at 34, 34., and 35 on May 15. Tliere s an upward movement in all farm prodnets ever since the McKlnluy billseemed likely to become law. These are "facts for farmers1' with wliich they are becomlng acqnalnted more rapidly than the New Yoik (Wall Street) Keform Club, whicb la ípendlnK iheLondon Coburn Club's nioney with a view of electlng Uemocrats, can disseminate error. There will, unlfifs nnfiiTorablc barvests or other "acts of Qod1' interfere, be agricultura! prosptiiity henceforth. The great chimera, "the markets of the world," held up by democratie newspapers for the people to chasc, woiild verj' soon brliif: the laboring men of America to fue food of laborlng Chinamen: rats and rice.


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