The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 52
A Handful of Hard Sense — Moral.
A Handful of Hard Sense.
An old fable describes how a dog with a bone in its mouth was crossing a stream, when he saw the reflection of the bone in the water. The foolish animal snapped at the shadow and dropped the substance.
The English working-classes have now a substantial advantage in the shape of Cheap Food, which they should not part with merely on the very shadowy promise of increased wages. Even the American tariff, which is almost prohibitive, has failed to maintain high wages in the United States during the year 1884, in spite of the good crops of wheat, corn, &c., there. Trade has been bad here, but is improving. Witness the great change at Bradford, which is busier now than it has ever been before. In the meanwhile let us not be deluded by the fallacious cry of "Protection" in any form. Stick to the Substance, and never mind the Shadow.
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