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Freeholder And Commercial Advertiser (Newspaper) - March 15, 1852, London, Middlesex FREEHOLDS AND NEW MARCH PRICE PROTECTIONIST Do our readers remember an amusing little inci dent that occurred last year Two young in the pay of the Society for the Pro tection of British Industry and Capital or at this distance of time we cannot exactly but two young men were charged at Guildhall with defacing It seemed that in the dead of night these ingenious lads had managed to paint the words Freetrade and Starvation on many of our public and on Blackfriarsbridge amongst the Their account of themselves was very They were paid for their work by a We need not continue the story we is a fair sample of Protectionist Reac There is no such thing in It is a and nothing It is so far as England is the recent elections have returned Once more Essex re joices in its has again its its Buckinghamshire its Disraeli but it is equally that these elections have been the veriest the English people have not spoken by at them the voice of the English people has not been So far as these elections testify they testify to the dis crepancy that exists between public opinion and parliamentary and testify to the need there is for a thorough and impartial mea sure of the Protectionist by the existence of which only can a Protectionist ministry be justified in retaining power A we are certainly disposed to feel very sceptical as to its Freetrade has filled too many mouths to be unpopular with No however ignorant he can be got to believe that a limited demand for labour is better than a state of things which shuts up the cotton mills of and dries up the springs of commercial enterprise and All parliamen tary returns help to render this yet more mani In the Customs and Excise duties produced Since then the reduc says Corn well which have taken have amounted to and in they reached being an increase of no less than In the consumption of sugar has increased from in to Thus we that though the population in the United owing to the fearful pestilence and consequent emigration has barely increased 10 per during those years the consumption of sugar has increased nearly 70 per The other necessary luxuries of life have in a similar been more extensively The following figures speak volumes as to the increase of comfort among the poorer Tea Rice Tobacco Coffee What is better the grand total of wheat and nieal entered for home consumption has increased from quarters in to quarters in This represents much more than at first sight would It is the poor who must have been specially bene fited by the We never hear of inch men not being able to get bread to this has not been imported and given Corn merchants are not disinterested It has been paid for by the workmans labour he has had and consequently he has been able to buy cheap After we shall not be surprised to learn that in 1851 the poorrate per head was but and that there were or per fewer abledbodied paupers receiving relief in England and Wales on last New Years Day than there were on the New Years Day and that on the former of these two days only received because they were actually in want of and unable to find Certainly the knowledge pf these facts will not induce reaction or make the country discontented with Yet last Friday the new Chancellor of the Ex in a speech of amusing is after referring to MacCullochs last as to the desirableness of a duty of per quarter on to have I will not believe until the country has the country will not sanction the policy sanctioned by the higher authority among the Does not this in plain English imply the possi 39 if not something of a Protectionist reaction we have Protectionist ministry in and sensitive as the mimosa shrivels up at The Viennese correspond ent of the Daily stated in that paper on that the news of the accession of the Derby ministry to office had already para lyzed the trade between England and the Black Upwards of 200 ships in the Black and a still greater number at are lying and in Constantinople great anxiety was manifested at the last advices on all hands for the first whisper of the projected change in no merchant venturing to freight a vessel until something positive was So long as Lord Derbys ministry remain in this anxiety will There will be fenrs of the coming fatal to commerce almost as that change Capitalists will have no owners will be struck with will stand idle in the and once more in our midst will be famine and Slowly will as our Poet Laureate has so forcibly a hungry as a lion creeping Glares at one that nods and winks behind a slowly dying And what will be the the wisest of us can not Men in despair are peo ple in the frenzy of its wrath is a fearful The still small voice of reason is lost in the tu mult of a passionate The blow would fall human power could avert im pending In a short while London and Liverpool would be what Tyre and Sidon are Happily we write on a mere Free trade is No Protectionist reaction At on the very intelligent who proposed Henley in his freetrade was all We rather doubt this but of one thing we are quite and that that Protectionist re action is It may suit Protectionist ora tors to talk as if they really were in and the farmer may love to listen to the syren which tells like A flattering The picture drawn of Cornlaws and high prices to the agricul be as any poet or painter ever drew but he must remember that it is but a that Englishmen will not be the millions of labourers who teem in this land of labour will never consent to making the loaf dear and small that the landlord may lead a gay and luxurious He must remember that the Cornlaws were passed in a landlords Parlia ment amidst the of a who could only curse because they were surrounded by ruf fianly who were ready to sabre as they did the Manchester weavers at He must remember that the Cornlaws were re pealed because their and and had made all men and sick of the blasphemy involved in the idea of a Christian country on its Sabbath offering up prayers to heaven for its daily while all the week its rulers were raising com to a price which placed it beyond the reach of who consequently died of while the landlord in his glittering saloon quaffed his costly wine and fared sumptuously every Those days of and and mad and wanton Eng lishmen have not Nor has the agony of that hour passed There are still stains of blood upon the and when they shall be erased and their memory forgot when peace and plenty shall adorn our land when the labourer shall become not from but from fulness of and pauperism be and not till shall we permit a Protectionist reaction to which will pass a law that the landlord may have high trade may be human blood and bone be cheaper and bread dearer than then will we never cease to protest against the mad ness or the t1Gommnation or the which seeks to restore a state of things from which the nation at large is thankful to have THE GAME LAW ON the 13th of October a party of the Earl of Scarboroughs keepers were on the watch for a party of They were armed for the and it was not long they had to Hiding themselves in a they witnessed the advance of the and the preparations made for attack or These consisted of and large weighing from one to two The keepers seem also to have been armed in a similar man The scene that followed we give in the language of one of the On getting down deposed Frederick Henry to the Earl of They found that the poachers already set four or five hundred yards looking perceived three Directly after the keepers rushed at these men with their flails a stone being thrown by one of the men as they were The man who threw this was knocked down by witness with his and one of his assistants struck him several times to disable This was the pri soner Leaving him lying on the they rushed at two of his One of these they knocked Passing into the close they about thirty or forty yards down the another whom they knocked and struck on the legs three or four to disable He cried to Dont murder Directly a body of thirty poachers came and began to throw stones at the one of which hit wit ness on the and rendered him insen sible for a short On he joined his party in a general combat which and was struck seven different times by heavy stones one of these caught the nipple of a pistol he had in his and caused it to setting his dress on On going to the assistance of his the witness saw a for a stone he struck at him with his and fetched him the man fall ing between witnesss They then came to two poachers near the bottom whom they also knocked Another Witness After these men had been knocked wit ness was struck by a large stone in the and would have fallen if one of his companions had not caught with a got through into the where most of the poachers after knocking many of them down in the first On reading the our first feeling is one of Can such things be in peace ful England We naturally that the barbarities we described have occurred in or some there be any benighted part of and not in our own favoured where we revel in what the present Chancellor of the Exchequer eulogises as the territorial a system which parcels out the country between the parson and the and ignores all the great agencies by which humanity has been and civilisa tion We really that in no other part of Europe can be shown a sight so uncivilised as that of armed in the dead of destroying life and limb in deadly Such we is and English Seated in his baronial the English nobleman can arm his and bid them fight and and not a word is heard against the atrocity and learned Judges can see nothing worthy of censure in such and no finger ofscorn is pointed at the man of but he struts in Belgravia as if no crime sullied his and around him cluster the nobles in the The poacher who hunts wild game is a and society has for him no other blessing than the prison cell but the nobleman who nurses these wild who endeavours to monopolise in that fruitless spreads around him misery and is still a ho nourable by common a Corinthian pillar of the church and This is not ex actly Poachers are not such a curse to society as the game laws at the the no bleman can but lose a few he does riot but his are on his grounds but which may be on his neigh bours tomorrow but the poacher becomes an is a downward an avenging fate marks him for his No won der SUCll men as Kinssley Should sinor as in Theres Wood on your new foreign Theres blood on your pointers Theres on the game you And theres blood on the game you Ye have sold the labouring Body and soul to To pay for your seat in the And to pay for the feed of your You made him a jpoftcljer Where youd give peithqr work nor And your barleyrfed hares robbed the At our starving childrens It is time such things ceased to be it is time that our game laws were rendered more accord ant with the spirit of the age they did well for old when the feudal lord had the power of life and the preservation of the chase was of more value than the preservation of large peopled with a thriving race but since then we have had French and other such terrible proclamations of the rights of In these latter days anew gospel has come to us a gospel that teaches us men are of more value than the hares of the We see what the Game Laws have they have demoralised our country to them much of the crime and wickedness exist ing may be by them many a heart has been and many a hearth rendered deso The time has come for their speedy We are sure public opinion will not tolerate them much We are sure that the country party now at last in will gain no little popu larity by their Till this be done shall deserve the worlds laugh and scorn for the perpetuation of a system of law so base and brutal as only to be in keeping with those dark the masses were trampled in the that the privileged few might lord it over the THE FIVE SHILLING ON Friday the Protectionist oracle spoke at Your real oracle always speaks ob and the new Chancellor of the Exche quer was no exception to the general Yet we are not left altogether in the The general impression that we are to have a We propose to inquire what this duty would cost the English At the present time the consumption of wheat annually may be taken at twentyfive millions of quarters of this quantity twenty millions are home and five are A duty on this latter quan tity would tax the people to the amount of a This duty will also raise the price of home produce by a But the amount of foreign corn consumed will be We may suppose that the En glish farmers would displace at least one million of the five millions of quarters imported j then we may suppose the consumption would decrease by two millions So that actually we should have coming into the supposing we had a but a year as the produce of a duty on foreign Sup posing also in consequence of the home grown corn advances a then on the twentyone millions of quarters con sumed we should have the peo ple for the benefit of one particular to the amount of FOUR MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND in addition to the trumpery sum of which the duty would bring to the national Then we have nearly five millions annually taken out of the pockets of the English the class who can least afford the benefit to the revenue almost It would be different if the five millions thus raised passed into the hands of the Chancellor of the Ex and enabled him to remit taxation to that Even under such circumstances a five shilling duty would be impolitic but it would be not open to the grave censure to which is open Nor is this MGregor used to calcu late that the old Cornlaws cost the country sixty millions What would be the real mischief of a duty it is impossible precisely to foretell but mischief there would and that most ruinous and the increase of the price of the raw material leading to the and the corn and the and the putting a higher price upon the to indemnify themselves for their additional would with other as an additional tax of per if it in any way hfeiered li 2 assuredly it led to poverty and would be poor rates and policerates to paupers and pri soners to the one an increased expenditure as a the other a decrease of the fund out of which that increased expenditure would have to Carring of Missenden Disraelis seconder at on As one of the agricultural he repudiated any desire to injure the poor or raise the price of his He asked for the repeal of the ivlhcn would be a boon to ttie poo man as well
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