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In 1846 this country ■'in Ireated 0 nn experienee fr (ree trade laws, raiactHl by congres, o"'1 thl' loltownj; quotations trom the prosa of tha1 me will show soim of the predicions matte at the tinw ï the passge of the law, nul the fullfillment a ew yeers therèafter, when the Blidlng cate had reached ïwse trade. Would hat cvery voter in this country could or would raid this picture of practial "revenuo reform," nil take a esson for the future f rom it. New York Courier and Enquirer, Tuly 30, 1846:- The country will bc floodwl with foreig-n Roods, inany mnnufactories wiU he Stopped, and o-thors will work at hali price; th home market now boing built up will be injurod, ruinously low prices of agricultural product will Tollo w, and the day larbow will be requlred to work for reduced wagee. The 'consequence of such exceseive importatioDB will cause a balance ol trade a.iíainst US execedimï thE amouni of Bpecle wlthinthe country, which must be sent abroad, foüowed perbaps by 1 derangememt of our monetary syetem. Tiew York Express, July 30, 1846: - Whrever the newe will s'", it will sound a deeth kneM ín the ear of industry and enterprlse. Ito Badder HMvaa for many a year have el all l.i-aivlu of labor, and theoutcry, therefore, la general. i'.nltimoiv Anioiii-au. July 30, 1846: -A reduction of the prieea of laboi is aae of the Inevitable effecta oí the repeal ' the American TarlH Act of 1842 and the substitution of McKay's Brltish TariH Bill. The latter de:t iv takes away the Bure protoe ton to American labor wiiie.h the Aet ol 1842 has bo happlly and wisely tlivowii around it. 11IK l'KEDHTIOX FULFELLED. New York Tribune, December 18, 1854.:- We publish. to-day, a coüation oí lacia obtained expreaaiy íor the Tribune Irooa the varioua classes of mechanica and iradvsmon of this city, regiarding tho immedlately dreary and proepectíTely desperate conditioii of in.lustry and cominerce. To such oriííinal stataménta oxe adde.d Iram varions jouraals Ín different quart-rs of the Union, whlch, with hardly m ext-eption. exhlbit kimlr-ed difftresees. These all have the lotee and iuvutaerableneas of arlthmetlcal details. They prove that eliief indnsM-ii-s necessary to the life of ie ïiat-ion are now partially or wholly eoUapsed; anmtee of toilers are hnrtod from the facbory or the shop into the street, awaking in the morning to the prospect of stealing foir a subsistence or sbarvins outriglit. This may be a matter of indiffertnee to the stove drivers who have shaped the national legislatíon of this country from the start; but to the -workmeii of the North, who are not yet on Chain gangs, it is a question of wild extremitie.s- of lifi ar death. In keeping Avith this state of things generally, this city, which acecvrdinsi to Secretary Walker's re port in 1847, with hls British Free Trade doctrines, was to ad vanee ma jestically in uoibrotoen prosperity, up to the time she became "the cleari3i house of the world," has, nnler tha system, fallen to a condition whicl in Europe is considered the attend of revolution; for insurrectioi there is always accompanied by want of work. (Then folio ws an enumeration ot tne varicras trades, and tlie decrease of workmen employed. For instance: Iran workers, not hali of the workmen employed, 500 idle in Brooklyn alione. Prlnttng: Two-thirdfi ol employés disrharged. Baok-binding: Three hundred men idle ooit of evory 1,000. Building trades: One thousand men idte wit of eveory 6,000 employed. The Erie railroad has reduced th wagee ol laborera employed in loadIng ïivi -li t and repairing tracks traca $1 to 80 eerïts per day.) And bo runs the Bt-ory witb almost every vocatton neceesaiy to a civiiizvd state. Wixat a pieture is hes-e pi-csfntod : Wc have supported Europpiin mauulacturera and artista and middl.' mm to the neslect, loss and in-tien of OUT own nu'ii of industry ana taleat, oí whatever kind, and tbal üs Uw ioto reasooi of our difficulty. liet the meehanics and labdrer give our deliisions of Bhaim iree trade and slavtTy eccmomics, whlêh they hsuv supported at the Hat of their eouthern nLaeters, and we hall see the present difficuïties amd distresses incairtinently passing away and the prosperity of succeeding years assured om a Bcieattóe mul permanent basis. Mayor Doty bas already delivered ed thirteen addresses of welcome to visiting bodi"K. and now h:us the big gest contrae! n tutnd of all, welcomr ing be Bcrlbes ol Michigan to th Modern Athena. Hlht here lt migh i ■■ wcii to underetaad that althoug tiiis may te the Modern Atiicns, we the people thereof, are nol (ireekh Neither are we Athcnians. And judg Ing from the rcsult of the Cornel game at Detroit, we are not success ful kickers.


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