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MR. YERBURGH AT BLACKBURN COTTON TRADE AND TARIFFS. Speaking at Mellor, near Blackburn, on Mon- day night, Mr. Robert Yerburgh, M.P. for Chester, repudiated the statement that the Fiscal question was a party one Rather did it act as solvent on parties, for many who had worked in the ranks of the Radical party had ranged them- selves under the leadership of Mr. Chamberlain, while members of the Unionist party could not see their way to follow that statesman. He warned his hearers against the fallacy of believ- ing that Mr. Balfour's policy was the same as Mr. ClAamberlain' )s. While Mr. Chamberlain pro- posed the erection of tariff walls round the coun- try, Mr. Balfour said when he saw any industry suffering from unfair competition he would come to the assistance of that trade if he could do so without hurting other industries. As a Free Trader and free importer, he was perfectly pre- pared to accept that policy, because it would be one that would be for the good of the country. Mr. Balfour had exercised a very wise discretion. Mr. Yerburgh next pointed out the possible re- sults of Mr. Chamberlain's policy on the cotton trade, and said if they put a duty on manufac- tured cotton goods coming into this country, the most- they could hope to capture would be some 4 million sterling. Looking at the matter from the standpoint of what was best for Lancashire to-day, he said at once if they adopted this Pro- tective system they would run into the danger of increasing the price of production to such an ex- tent that they would lose their neutral markets. (Hear, hear.) There were 25 000 people engaged in weaving and spinning in Blackburn, and out of this 25,000 some 2,500 were engaged in the home trade, the other 22,500 were engaged in foreign trade. Did not that shew the enormous preponderance of the interest Blackburn had in the Indian, China and the other trades abroad, rather than in the home trade? Respecting cotton growing, it was a matter of surprise that the smart brains of Lancashire men had not thought of a scheme for raising Empire-grown cotton years ago Lancashire did not pay sufficient attention to the great markets in China, and it behoved them to keep a careful eye on that part of the world, and insist that the British Government should keep the China trade open to the whole world, with equal facilities for all. Finally, Mr. Yerburgh recommended the establishment of a Royal Com- mission of Inquiry, holding that. the discussions that had already taken place demanded it, and a resolution was unanimously passed approving of the appointment of such a commission.

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