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THE NATIONAL DEBT. MVNY of our readers, we dare say, are fond of arithmetic. We beg to furnish them with a problem to test their inge- nuity. It is very simple, nevertheless, it may prove for- midable. It is this—how are we to pay our National Debt? The following figures, from. The Trade's Weekly Messenger, give some idea of its magnitude. They inform us of its weight and length, but give no direction as to how it is to be disposed of. Now the Welsh are adepts in figures—even Mr. Symons admits thatancl here is a question to tax their genius. How are we to pay it? Canwe have any effectual retrenchment until it is paid ? Let the advocates of things as they are ponder these figures well. Ihe let-well-alone people should give them their best consideration. Let the advocates of Government good intentions read the future by the light of the past. We have no wish to speak evil of dianities, but this tremendous account is not calculated to give us a very view of statesmen. Like, original s n, the National Debt taints the whole constitution and generation after generation suffers its withering curse. It is OUr everlasting incubus, our body of death, and who will deliver us from it? "THE NATIONAL DEBT, IN GOLD AND SII-VKR.—IN WEIGHT AN, i) LINGTII.' its weight in gold would be 6,282 tons in silver, 120,000 tons its transportation in gold would require 26 ships of 250 tons each; 12,581 horse carts, each carrying half a ton and forming a procession 25 miles in length, or 281,769 soldiers each carrying oOlbs.; in sovereigns, piled one upon the other, they W >uld be 710 miles in height; laying them side by side and touch- Ing c tchother they would form a chain of gold 11,04S mile. in length, ^nearly twice the circumference of the moon the same amount 111 pound notes, sewed together, would carpet a turnpike road 40 t'eet broad and 1,040 miles long, or from Land's End to John O' Croats and half way back again if sew,e'd together, end to end, they would form a bandage reaching four t ines round the world or sixteen times round the moon divide the debt equally among the 111hahitants of the world, and each person, man, woman, or child, every colour, would receive 16.; it would require,476-ships ot ~o0 to.is each to transport it in silver from Mex;cJ (provided the JUines in that country could furnish it), and after reaching England 240,000 one-horse carts, carrying half a ton each, making a proces- sion 676 miles long, or 5,00-3,000 of men carrying 501 bs. each, to deposit in the vaults, prior to its use for the redemption of out- standing pledges." Of "glorious was" what remains iii ? Where are their Monuments? If you wish to behold them, look at—THE T NATIONAL DEBT!

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