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Effects Of A "farmer's Tariff."

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When the McKinley bill was first framed it w."íb heralded as a "farmer'3 tariff bill." This claim has not been bo vigorously pxessed recently, but it is worth while not to forget it In its efforts to ccnvinco thepeople that the McKinley bill has not advanced prices The Boston Advertiser, a protection paper, makes these as3ertions: "There has been no advance in the pricO of beef, fresh or corned. "There has been no advance in the price of pork. "There has been no advanco in the price of fionr. "There has been no advance in the price of sugar. "There has been no advance in the price of cornmeal. "There has been a decrease of ten cents a bushei in the price of potatoes within the week. "There lias been no advance in the price of beans. "Butter advanced very slightly two weeks or inoro ago, but it was only the advance which always como3 in that commodity at the close of the grazing season." We fail to sec anything in all this for the farmer. He has additional taxes to pay on nearly everything he is eompelled to buy, and as the tariff act has faüed to advance the price of his producís we cannot see how he is benefited. The McKinley bill is the fanner's tariff cnly in the sense that he has it to pay. In this connection we note an admission made by Mr. Frank P. Bennett, editor of The American Wool Reporter, a protectionist. He maintains that high duties on mannfactured goods stimulate production, but adds that "the attempt to apply this policy to the producís of the field and the farm has been a piece of unnecessary modern demagoguery." There is no room for doubt about the demagoguery. Such measures as the McKinley bill are only possible so long as their anthors succeed in fooling the farmer. Any means which enables them to accomplish this object they regard as necessary in the highest degree. - Louisville Cour1 Journal. First Citizen - Who is in charge of the street cleaning (iepartmeiit now? I have quite forgotten. fcecoad Citizen -His name is Mud.l, I gness.- New York Herald. The man who insista that doctor bilis are robbery mieht modify his language


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