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   Fair-Trade (Newspaper) - August 29, 1890, London, Middlesex                                Registered for] A Weekly Journal Devoted to Home Trade and Industry. [XRAN Vol. V.-No. 255. London, Friday, August 29, 1890. smission Abroad. Price One Penny. made with boiling water. EPPS'S GRATEFUL-COMFORTING. COCOA made with boiling milk. CRAMER'S PIANOFORTES AND HARMONIUMS, &C, Regent Street and Moorgate Street. Inventions Exhibition.-Medal awarded for good quality and moderate prices. CRAMER'S HIRE SYSTEM. Grand and Cottage Pianos, new and second-hand, by Broad wood, Brinsmead, Bliithner, Collard, Cramer, Erard, Hagspiel, Ibach, Kirkman, Pleyel, Steinway, and others, for cash or hire system. .; "Messrs. T. B.. Cramer & Co., Moorgate Street, July, 1BB8.   . "Gentlemen-We hereby appoint you our sole agents for the City of London, ;      .      (Signed)        "S..& P. Erard & Co." J. B. CRAMER & Co., 40 to 46, Moorgate Street. Fisher's English-made Lever Watches op finest quality. Moderate Prices.   Largest ' Stock in the Provinces. J� D. FISHER, Watch Manufacturer, 228, HIGH STREET, LINCOLN. MR. GLADSTONE'S LATEST/ The day has gone by, we suppose, since Mr. Gladstone was regarded, even among his most ardent supporters, as an authority on agriculture. The various suggestions he has made of recent years in favour of bringing la petite culture to the aid of our husbandry in extremis, have been received, as a rule, with smiles. Therefore, when Vast Friday's morning newspaper gave "Mr. Gladstone on Rabbit Farm . ing " as one of the chief line's on their contents bills, the jocund laugh went round., Indeed, Mr. Gladstone himself foresaw the humour his suggestion might invite, when he ; said :- .... "Yes, that is a subject for merriment, probably on account of the comparative novelty of the suggestion ; but also it is a subject of satisfaction, which is akin to merriment, because this rabbit farming appears to be a; good arid promising description of pursuit." : The pursuit advocated, however, is not the creation or preserving of rabbit warrens, in the accustomed sense of the phrase, but a much more c 1 aborate affair -the raising of tame rabbits. The prolific nature of this useful, though sometimes destructive and always humble friend of �njan, appears to particularly recommend itself to Mr. Gladstone. They are raised, he tells us, " In enormous numbers ; they, carry more flesh than the wild rabbit ; they are lodged in what they call hutches in the neighbourhood of houses, and they are fed almost for nothing, because they are fed on what would be wasted. These hutches are taken out into the fields, and are shifted from spot-to spot for the rabbits to feed in them." has been possible to combine fruit farming and jam making; but what cheers him more than-anything is that a Keritish man, holding an important position, in the Horticultural College, should have been invited by the University of Edinburgh to deliver a lecture on the subject in modern Athens. If that does not precisely prove that Scotland has overcome all the difficulties of.climate, and gone in for fruit farming instead of wheat growing-perhaps even instead ..of oats - growing-it at least means, to vq'uote Mr. Gladstone's own words, that- " In Scotland men have their HYPNOTISM EXTRAORDINARY G {rand) O {Id) :M\csmcrher) Admiring Devotees : "I will show you a picture of unparalleled national prosperity; or, How to improve the value of land." "All hail, Cassar;.'    Morituri te salutant." It is characteristic, by the way, that the occasion for this recommendation, and most captivating advertisement of Major Moran's book on "Profitable Rabbit Farming," which he was careful to tell his hearers could be got anywhere for the small price of one shilling, was not strictly an agricultural gathering, but the meeting of a local floral and horticultural society in the vicinity of Haw'arden. But flowers and fruit hold kinship at least, and it was only natural that a few words on cottage gardening should lead to fruit farming, from whence the ascent to the rearing of rabbits was easy. Mr. Gladstone, as the original patentee of the jam remedy for depressed agriculture, is naturally concerned in recording any signs of the success of his idea.   He is encouraged by one or two instances, where it minds more open to the use of nsw resources, in order to meet their difficulties, than, perhaps, in England." And seeing that " The students of Scotch universities are of a condition in life more akin to that of the farmers than those of English universities," . Mr. Gladstone is cheered beyond measure. Possibly he would have been all the more cheered, or at least expressed himself so, had Auld Reekie been the first to grasp the jam problem, and to-be the .teacher of the " Southron," instead of Caledonia seeking instruction from Kent. But the most �cheering .sign of all would have been to have se.cn"dear old Scotland " actually taking hold of the theory, and putting it into practice.. That evolution, however,, has yet- to come. But it is not to refer to the: merits of fruit farming and of jam making, or of rabbit rearing, that we bring this subject forward this week. Each in its way is doubtless excellent where conditions permit. As adjuncts to farming they arc capable of yielding profit, just as in a still, greater, degree dairy farming and' poultry    farming    are branches of agriculture to be carefully encouraged-. What we fail, however, to see is, how they can be expected to replace that larger agriculture which the country is physically able to carry, on better than other countries (if the. yield per acre is. to be regarded) ; and ..which, by the. .fiscal policy, which Mr.. Gladstone fosters, is systematically pressed out of existence. The Free Trade theory is that a country and a people should produce that . which their climate and habits enable them to produce the best. There can, we suppose, be no doubt as to which British farming can best produce-wheat or fruit? And yet here we have Mr. Gladstone, the great Free Trade oracle, looking complacently on the wholesale destruction of wheat growing, rendered unprofitable through   

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