The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 56
"Fair Traders." — Leaflet No. VII
Leaflet No. VII.
|1.||Is it true that the labouring classes are better off now than they ever were before, in times of commercial depression?|
|2.||Is pauperism declining?|
|3.||Is the volume of our trade actually increasing, although manufacturers and merchants are still suffering from that overproduction which deceived so many people a few years ago as a sign of great prosperity?|
|4.||Are the manufacturers of industries of other countries, say the United States and France—where a Protective system prevails—not in a far worse state than ours?|
|5.||Have both these nations virtually lost their ship-building and ship-owning trade to our great gain?|
|6.||Is more tonnage turned out in the yards on the Tyne than in all France?|
|7.||Have the American cotton spinners and weavers been driven out of nearly all the markets of the world by unprotected British manufacturers?|
|8.||Have wages in New England fallen forty per cent, in ten years?|
|9.||Are the working classes in many American manufacturing towns at this moment not presenting every sign of poverty and wretchedness?|
|10.||In all countries under the Protective system is not the commercial depression greater than in this country, and increasing)|
The only reply to each of these questions is "Yes!" and the answer is conclusive against any change in our laws, except that which would give us a free breakfast-table, and abolish all duties on food of whatever kind.
W. E. Baxter.
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