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" Hol wretch,” said he, “ how comest the country ? For instance: let the whole thou hither? I suppose thou wantest to of the expenditure for the relief of the poor steal my treasure; but I know how to treat throughout the kingdom, be apportioned such vagabonds as you, and I shall certainly similar to the land tax. Wherever the eat you up."
charge of pauperism occurs, let the district “You can do that if you choose," said provide for it according to the general rules the Dog, “ but it would be very unhand- ordered by the Act of Parliament; and those some conduct in an animal so much bigger districts which might have expended more than myself. For my own part, I never than their equalized rate, should be repaid attack any dog that is not of equal size. I through receivers general appointed for each should be ashamed of myself if I did; and county, who should receive the poor levy as to your treasure, the character I bear for according to annual fixed rental, estimated honesty is too well known to merit such a every year from the rates of the assessed suspicion."
taxes.”_We shall be glad to hear further “Upon my word,” said the Griffin who from C. could not help smiling for the life of him, Mr. Rosser's able, but in some respects, " you have a singularly free mode of ex- visionary brochure, entitled “ Credit Perpressing yourself;-and how, I say, came nicious,” together with some other works, you hither?”
shall be noticed as soon as the arrangements Then the Dog, who did not know what now in progress, for the purpose of reviewa lie was, told the Griffin his whole history, ing useful and moral publications, are comhow he had set off to pay his court to the pleted. Cat, and how Reynard the Fox had entrapped The excellent letter of a Gloucester Agrihim into the hole.
culturist, Mr. Birch's, and other favors, in When he had finished, the Griffin said to succeeding numbers. him, “ I see, my friend, that you know how The figures sent by Agricola shall be to speak the truth; I am in want of just examined. Some extracts from the speech such a servant as you will make me to of J. Maxwell, Esq. M.P., on moving for a keep watch over my treasure when I sleep." committee on the Hand-loom Weavers, shall
"Two words to that,” said the Dog. be given in No. 3. “ You have hurt my feelings very much by suspecting my honesty, and I would much NOTICE TO CORRESPONDING sooner go back into the wood and be
MEMBERS. avenged on that scoundrel the Fox, than The Agricultural Associations which have serve a master who has so ill an opinion of
sprung up so numerously in consequence of me; even if he gave me to keep, much less dis
distress, are especially requested to take to take care of, all the treasures in the world. a
a. active steps to introduce the circulation of I pray you, therefore, to dismiss me, and to the Magazine in every market town and put me in the right way to my cousin the dis
district; agriculture being admitted on all Cat.”—FROM THE PILGRIMS OF THE RHINE, hands to be the foundation of the great home (To be continued.)
trade, which is so miserably depressed.
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"A LONG PULL, AND A STRONG PULL, AND A PULL ALL-TOGETHER.”
FOR BETTER PRICES, BETTER PROFITS, AND BETTER WAGES.
In those days, when England shall have left to perish as intruders on the world of reached the measure of her greatness, verily our Lords the Monied Interest. the hour of her tribulation will be at hand. And, in pursuance of these " sound and And it shall come to pass, that the Nation wholesome" principles, the Philosopher male shall be delivered up for sport and for expe- and female shall propose to diminish the riment, to Loan Jobbers and to Political superabundant population by beastly “preEconomists.
ventive checks" and the morality of inAnd, they shall declare that there is a fanticide! superabundant currency, a superabundant And, our too luxuriant manufactures and population, and a superabundant produce; commerce shall be pruned down to a "sound whereas in truth, there will be no supera- and wholesome" standard, by the removal bundance whatever, except of knavery and of all protecting duties, which will afford folly in their respective brains.
matter of gain and derision to other nations, And, the Nation being prosperous, power. while bankruptcy, desolation, misery and ful and happy, the Philosophers shall pro- despair shall hourly increase at home. nounce its condition to be repugnant to But, the rulers of the state shall adhere "sound general principles ;" and they shall nobly to the "sound and wholesome;" and assert that meat, drink, and clothing, and the Sages shall tell them that it is wrong all other necessaries or comforts, if pur- for a Government to interfere in the way of chased by an artificial currency, are unsub- relief, and the wretchedness and destitution stantial and ideal; and that it is far better of millions shall be left to “the working of to be in a state of solid, tangible misery, Events." than of such fictitious prosperity.
And, if any sufferer should venture to And, having said those things, they shall complain, or to question the wisdom of the be permitted to act accordingly.
"sound and wholesome," he shall be asThen, in pursuance of the “sound and sailed as a public robber, a violator of good uholesome principles," a law shall be passed faith, and it shall be demonstrated to conto double the amount of every man's debts;
u and this shall be ealled “stern justice and viction, by h +4-m=bgood faith!”
And, Loan Mongers shall rejoice thereat And, impudence shall be unto the Philoexceedingly, and Usurers shall extol the sophers as a triple shield of brass. national honour.
And, it shall be said in the Great Council, And, paradox shall in all cases be admit- that it would be desirable to render the ted as self evident fact; sophistry shall Nation dependent on foreign harvests for supersede argument, and the practical ex- food; and astonishing nonsense shall thereon perience of ages, on which the wealth, great- be talked touching free trade and the theory ness, and fame of England were founded, of Exchanges. shall be called “ antiquated absurdity.”
And, to all these rigmaroles the great And, all the celebrated Statesmen and Council shall lend an admiring ear; and Legislators from Lycurgus to Napoleon, shall Political Economists shall wax powerful, be pronounced ignorant blockheads. and in defiance of human reason and of
Then, shall the strength of a People be human suffering, shall be upheld in their deemed to consist in the fewness of its wild and mischievous schemes; and lo! connumbers, and the wealth of a Country in fiscation and crime shall proceed with acthe scantiness of its produce.
celerated pace. And, an abundant harvest shall be de- And, persons of great rank and of greater clared a curse, and a numerous progeny a dulness, shall be persuaded that they pergrievous misfortune.
fectly comprehend the mysteries of the And, it shall be held presumption in any “sound and wholesome"; and because the man to propagate his species, except he be arguments of the Philosophers are hollow, a money dealer, or in the enjoyment of a shall fancy that they are profound. protected income.
And, in the midst of all this havoc, the And, the offspring of all others shall be unhappy victims thereof instead of uniting considered as mere human rubbish, and be against the unfeeling plunderers, shall be
led away into attacks on each other, and the people shall be opened; they shall grow clamour for exclusive advantages, whereas weary of suffering in hopeless silence. And they are fellows in affliction, and have one other rulers shall arise who will revert to common interest.
the maxims of common sense confirmed by And, one party shall put their faith in experience. corn laws, unmindful that the corn laws And they will act on the principle that it utterly failed to procure a remunerating is the duty of Government to regulate and price.
uphold public credit, instead of courting its And, another shall cry out lustily for destruction, by subjecting its operations at cheap bread, not recollecting that it is not all times to an absurd, impracticable and so much the price of bread, as the facility of ruinous test,--something like placing a Py. obtaining that price, that concerns them; ramid on its apex, by way of giving it a inasmuch as it would be far better for a secure foundation. working man, that bread should be two And, they will decide that it is preferable shillings the loaf when he had six of those to have the people, content, occupied and shillings in his pocket, than that it should thriving under the old system, to starvation, be sold at sixpence, if he could not com- idleness and outrage under the new fangled mand more than three such pence.
Philosophy. And, the hardy cultivators of the soilAnd, upon this, the “sound and wholehaving been declared a superfluity and a some" shall be made even as a bye word, a nuisance in their native land, and that it is jest and a mockery. just and proper that human stock should be A plenteous harvest shall be permitted to permitted to multiply only in such propor- resume its rank among the blessings of Dition as would afford a sufficient supply of vine Providence; a numerous family shall labour for the wants of monied men, it shall once more gladden the parents' hearts. be sagely proposed to send off a great part The Nation shall rejoice in its renovated of the distressed population to perish in strength, and there shall be no mourning distant wildernesses, or to swell the ranks except among the money jobbers and Philoof an already formidable rival.
sophers, who shall howl and gnash their And, at length, the Philosophers shall be teeth, bitterly bewailing their lost occupagraciously pleased to admit the existence of tion, and the overthrow of their “ sound distress; but at the same time they shall general principles." announce that the worst is over, and that
So be it. the glorious and salutary result of their wonderful wisdom is about to appear :-nevertheless, Bankruptcy, want, destruction
agriculture. of property, a rapid deterioration of national
“ Speed the Plough." character, and decrease of national resources shall continue to attend a system founded Review of the Report of the Agricultural on the worst principles and vilest passions, Committee. appointed by the House of -on (a) materialism, inhumanity, selfish
Commons, in 1833. ness, and avarice.
And, during all this time, Loan Mongers The Committee sat from the 3rd of May and Money Changers and old Clothesmen to the second of August, three days a week, shall shout louder than ever in praise of and four hours a day. They examined fiftystern good faith, and refined notions of one witnesses. Honour!
These witnesses, according to the Report, Then, shall be felt the applicableness of were “with very few exceptions immediately the saying of a great King, that “ If he had connected with the cultivation of the soil; to punish a province, he would deliver it up few of them not practically experienced in to the rule of Political Philosophers.” the detail of the matters to which they have But after some time longer, the eyes of deposed; and it is impossible not to remark
a rare concurrence both of statement and (a) To any one who takes the trouble to investi- opinion on the part of witnesses brought gate closely the doctrines of the modern political from the most distant quarters. It is due Economists, it will be evident how deeply they to them to state," (the Report continues), are tinged with materialism of the darkest and most desolating kind. They consider human beings
“ that they generally gave the fullest inforas mere machines for utility and protit; without mation in the most open manner; and the reference to an immortal soul, or to those feelings frankness of the exposition of their views is of generosity, of kindness and of compassion, no less remarkable than the ability with which, emanating from the Supreme Being, elevate the human mind, and as it were, connect this ex- which they made and supported their stateistence with another and a better state. They ments." affect to trample on the best impulses of our Whatever therefore our opinion of the nature, and appear to have taken on themselves to correct what they presumptuously consider the Report may prove to be, the witnesses are, blunders of Providence!
on the best testimony, viz., the hearers of