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England And Her Farmers

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Great Britain has never f or a day or an hour, since the beginning of her great war on her farmers by withdrawing all protection to their products, been withont ableand energetic protesters against that great iniquity, and their well directed efforts must teil in the not distant future. At present nothing seems 60 to exaspérate John Buil as the great lessons which tliis nation is teaching of how protection to home labor disseminates industry, intelligence and comfort among our people. It was that feeling of exasperation which impelled The London Contemporary Review not many years ago to momentarily forget its customary courtesy to opponents and to curse us editorially, in part as follows: "Wherever England turns, in tho case of her own colonies even, she finds America, and always America distinctively, in her path of argument. It is assumed that evcything is finally settled when American prosperity is quoted to us, and the present writer can state from hia own experience that the one infallible resource of the controversiahsta on the other side of the Atlantic is to unf old the brightly colored panorama of America's well being. Some silly people among ourselves even have had their intellect obfusticated in the same way. Surveying the whole scène, it may in fact be soberly and sadly said that the politicoeconomical doctrines of universal interrelation and co-operation among mankind, which our chief thinkera have made it the great task of England to spread, would at this hour be farther advanced throughout the world if America were blotted out." So, evidently, thought Grover Cleveland, when in the interest of British Free-trade and American mugwumpery he paraphrased the above utterance of The Contemporary by eaying to tha American congress and people, "it is a condition and not a theory that conf ronts us;" but America, and her institutions upon which those "conditions are based," are not to bo scolded down nor "blotted out," but to remain as beacon lights to nations and providing homes for fugitives from British Free-trade, which has, as by the evidence hereinbefore presented, driven British farmers from their poverty cursed homes to find shelter, food ancl comfort within our hospitable boundaries.


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