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THE REAL PITH OF THE BUDGET FOR THE LADIES. The gross amounts which the Customs duties pro- posed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be replied produced in 1858 were as follows :—Butter, 95,489?.; I caoutchouc, manufactures of, 3,633Z.; cheese, 44,37fp^ clocks, 7,7471.; eggs, 22,440?. embroidery and needle? work, 8,5221.; leather manufactures, (boots, shoes, ] goloshes, and gloves,) 58,117?.; oranges and lemons, 32.830?.; spices, (except pepper, the duty on which ] remains,) 22,016l. silk manufactures, 270,536?.; tal- low, 87, 664l. watches, 15,152?.; woollen yarn, 2,207?.; wood for fuel, 6,2691. These principal articles make a total of 677,092?., and the other commodities enume- rated by Mr. Gladstone, though singly they produce but a few hundreds each, are numerous enough to bring up the total to about 900,000l. The duty on but- ter is 50 per cent., which adds a halfpenny per lb. to the retail price; that on cheese 2s. 6d., or a farthing per pound; on oranges and lemons 8d. per bushel, the effect of which on the retail price is, of course, inap- preciable and on tallow Is. 6d. per cwt., which, divided among so many pounds of candles, does not affect the price per pound in the smallest degree, being little more than one-eighth of a penny. With regard to the manufactures, however, the case is very different. The duty on men's boots varies ac- cording to quality, and to the height, from 7s. to 14s. per dozen pairs, and on women's boots from 4s. 6d. to 7s. 6d. per dozen pairs. Paris boots will, therefore, be reduced in price by Mr. Gladstone's proposed new tariff to the extent of 6d. a pair for ladies'; andean average of Is. a pair for gentlemen's whilst Jouvin's gloves will in future be from 3|d. to 4Jd. per pair cheaper than at present, the duty on gentlemen's gloves being 3s. 6d. and on ladies' 4s. 6d. per dozen pairs. But the crowning glory of Mr. Gladstone's Budget, in the eyes of mercers and their lady customers, is the abolition of the duties on silk manufactures, which will or ought to make a reduction of 3s. 6d. upon every cap or turban, and of 7s. on every bonnet, the greater part of the material of which may be silk; and of 15 per cent. upon silks, velvets, gauzes, &c., of the looms of Lyons; whilst silk dresses may be imported ready made, ensuring the taste of the Parisian modiste as well as the real thing in the material, at a reduction of 30s. each. The ladies, and the mercers even more perhaps, will owe Mr. Gladstone a debt of gratitude too great ever to be repaid, should his scheme of tariff revision receive the approval of the House of Commons. j

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