Justification of a Tariff Commission. ...: Speech ... in the House of Representatives, Friday, May 5, 1882

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Página 62 - Columbus led the way in the career of renovation ; when he spread his sails across the Atlantic he bore mankind and its fortunes in his bark.
Página 28 - Tables are like cobwebs, like the sieve of the Danaides ; beautifully reticulated, orderly to look upon, but which will hold no conclusion. Tables are abstractions, and the object a most concrete one, so difficult to read the essence of. There are innumerable circumstances ; and one circumstance left out may be the vital one on which all turned.
Página 63 - The annual supply of the precious metals for the use of the globe was tripled ; before a century had expired the prices of every species of produce were quadrupled. The weight of debt and taxes insensibly wore off under the influence of that prodigious increase. In the renovation of industry the relations of society were changed, the weight of feudalism cast off, the rights of man established. Among the many concurring causes which conspired to bring about this mighty consummation, the most important,...
Página 62 - ... riches. That the rich in the later stages of national progress are constantly getting richer, and the poor poorer, is a common observation, which has been repeated in every age, from the days of Solon to those of Sir Robert Peel ; and many of the greatest changes which have occurred in the world — in particular, the fall of the Roman Empire — may be distinctly traced to the long-continued operation of this pernicious tendency. The greatest benefactors of their species have always been regarded...
Página 7 - England is robbing all other countries of their fertility. Already in her eagerness for bones, she has turned up the battlefields of Leipzig, and Waterloo, and of the Crimea; already from the catacombs of Sicily she has carried away the skeletons of many successive generations. Annually she removes from the shores of other countries to her own the manurial equivalent of three million and a half of men, whom she takes from us the means of supporting, and squanders down her sewers to the sea.
Página 62 - The two greatest events which have occurred in the history of mankind have been directly brought about by a successive contraction and expansion of the circulating medium of society.
Página 72 - England, the growth of the norlh-west may be a powerful lever to work with toward an American Zollverein. We think we have said enough to show that there is no foundation whatever for the sanguine expectations Liberal statesmen sometimes profess to entertain that America will see the error of her financial ways, and will one day open her ports freely to British produce. It is true, in one sense, that America is the greatest Free-Trade country in the world ; but this arises from the fact that it is...
Página 41 - The vast extent of the territory of the United States renders that possible which in Great Britain is physically impossible; thus it may and it does happen that in the former distances of nearly 1,000 miles may intervene between the ore and the coal, whereas with ourselves it is difficult to find a situation in which the two are separated by even 100 miles.
Página 67 - ... manufacturer one or two hundred ruined workmen ; that if the employer is losing money, the employed cannot be making it — more than this, they understand that manufacturing and agricultural industries are inseparably bound up together, that prosperous manufactures mean prosperous agriculture, and vice versa ; that each consumes what the other produces ; that each is the best customer of the other.
Página 28 - ... abstractions, and the object a most concrete one, so difficult to read the essence of. There are innumerable circumstances; and one circumstance left out may be the vital one on which all turned. Statistics is a science which ought to be honourable, the basis of many most important sciences ; but it is not to be earned on by steam, this science, any more than others are ; a wise head is requisite for carrying it on.

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