turned from a delightful trip through the south, where she was greetei with the cordialty and typical southern hospitality accredited to that portion of our commonwealth. Our President's wife, as well as her entertainers, have set a good example for their northern sisters to follow. o our intelligent readers who really wish to know the honest belief of many of the best free trade financiers of EDgland, who know far more about the system than most of the free trade poli" ticians of this country, because of the superior advantages they have for acquinng this knowledge, we recommend the following from the London Iron and Coal Trade Ileview, which in a recent issue predicted that as regards the manufactures it representa the United States will soon be independent of Great Britain, and added: ' Protection, ivhich, il was thoughi, would only impede the progress of the American Jron Jndustry, has proved to be the very 'rock of üs salvalion.' And much as we may regret the resultfor our own sake, the American people,it must beadmitted, have thown a much keener appreciation of what ivas essential to their progress than our own doctrinaires would be willing to admü." There is a good deal of the best and purest free trade argument of this kind to be found in the literature of free trade countries, that does not find its way into the publication of our democratie contemporarie8 here. Think of Buch an item in the free trade democratie organ of this city! Whew! wouldn't it bewilder the readers of that enterprising sheet! But they ought to have it. They deserve all the argument there is in the beautiful system that would enrich England at this country's expense. But we have littlehope that they will get many snel) hon est free trade statements as the above, The house committee, at Washington, on the alcoholic liquor traffle, has authorized a favorable report on the bill providing for the appointmentof a commission on the subject of this important question. It provides for a non-partizan committee of five to be appointed by the president. Their report will be anxiously awaited and ought to prove one of great benefit to the interests of this country in its relations to this great traffic. We predict that the committee, when they come to weigh the good and evilto this nation from the liquor traffic will find that the evil overbalances the good by a hundred fold in its effects on the general economie and industrial industries of the country; and when it comes to health and morality, the good in one scale will appear like a pea in comparison to the largest planet of our Fystem, on the other. By the tima this report comes in perhaps we shall have fettled satisfactorily the tariff question, the southern suffrage question, the educational question, the labor question, the money question and all the other great problems of the day, and paid our debts, and will be prepared to "tackle" this most perplexing of all questions. Perhaps beiore we get through with íí the best of us will have become prohibitionists- of course under the itmehonored and glorious old name, republican. The republican party, before it completes its great mission, will be the best prohibition party under the sun, we are thinking. In most localities of this state a very light vote was polled in the township and municipal elections on Monday. The general resulta seem rather favorable to the democracy, but as a enterion of the opinión of the mass of voters upon any of the great political questions of the day, it would hardly be safe to depend on this vote. The democratie press decides without a question that their slight temporary gains were brought ab int because the people want free trade; but that is all nonsense. Not one voter out of fifty thought of free trade or protection as he fixed up his ticket to elect this man or to beat that one, either because the candidate happened to belong to his party or not, or beeause of some local influence or prejudice that had nothing to do with politics. The voice of the people upon the question of the tari ff policy of our government, was plainly uttered as the last presidential election, when the principies of free trade and protection were fully discussed and the issue turned upon the belief of the voters as to which was the better for this nation. The democracy have forgotten what the people said then. Now, as ever before, that party dislikes to look backward. They are death on "dead issues." Their good deeds are always in the future, and therefore they ignore the action of the voters two years ago, and pretend to find comfort in the slight gains they may have made in this spring's elections.