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Wellington R. Burt

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Editor Argus; The republicana Dominee for president, and their principies are very harmonious in the matter of Chinese immigration and Chinese protective ideas, and the Couri. has a great time defending them. vü In the last issue it tries to make its readers beleive that ttie reason why foreigners seek this country and send for their friends, is because of its high tarifí and dread the time when democratie f ree trade will reduce the working American's wages to the level of European wages. Perhaps the Courier will announce next week that large numbers of people are emigrating from free trade üreat Britain to higher tariff Germany, Italy, or still higher Sussia; it might as well invent statements pretending to be f acts as inf erencea . But it _actu_ally has drawn on its immagination f or European wages are higher than American, for a given amount of work done. This is acknowledged by all honest Republicans. The only advantage the American posesses is that he does more than doublé the amount of work, and gets a little larger weekly wages than the European. Because a high tariff exists along with comparative prosperity in America; therefore, American prosperity is beoause of the high tariff; argües the Courier. Because a cracked liberty bilí exists in connection with American prosperity; therefore, our prosperity is because of the cracked liberty bilí. The one is no more absurd than the other. What the republicans ean't prove is the connection bet ween the socalled protection and high wages. But how about the first foreigners who came to this country? Even the Courier ought to know tliat they left a highly protective country, and came to one without a custom house, and afterwards went to war rather than to submit to this so much praised protective business. The man who fastened lead on his heels when he wanted to jump high, was only a little more obtuse than the people who raised the cost of .living by taxation, in order to raise wages and called it protection; he of the leaden heels came down quicker when he got up in the air, and the protected worker gets rid of his earnings quicker, but both have to exert themselves more for what thev attained, than if they were in a natural condition of freedom. But if the Courier wants to know why the worker here gets more for his weeks work than his foreign brother, and therefore foreigners ünd this country a desirable place to live in; let him study political economy, and he wili learn that it is because there are more opportunities for labor; and that there are more opportunities for labor because there is more land for labor to apply itself to. The Courier hinted something in this direction when it admitted in its issue ot the 23rd of May that "it is more difficult for our sixtytwo millions to flnd profitable ernployment in '88, than it was for thirty-öve or thirty-six millions in '71. So the mighty tariff is not almighty, and sixty two millions flnd it more difficult to live, than thirty-six millions some years before, and that in a country the lowest estimate of whose resources is that it could sustain one-thousand million people. The great difflculty is that the republican policy has not ouly biought to life and fosterecl trusts, iniquitous fiscal systems, and protective monopolies, but, while lovvering the purchasing power of the workingruatrs wages, has lessened materially his opportunities for remunerativa labor, by allowing its natural resources such as timber, minerals, and land to be locked up in the hands of the most umelenting tyrants known- commonly called land speculators. To these sources can be traced ninety-nine per cent. of the poverty which all good people wish to abolish and the noble Cleveland has started out to revise that policy and the nativos and foreigners who oppose him will be very obtuse.


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