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Tariff Reform Simplified.I

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Mr. Horton's Tariff Reform Scheme. To THE EDITOK OF THE Weekly News. Sir,—I have read with interest Mr. W. Hor- ton's letter on Tariff Reform Simplified," and whilst I heartily agree with many of his opin- ions I fail to see that the shopkeeper is the real sinner," nor do I think that the labelling or taxing of businesses would help the case in any way. It might raise revenue, but at the same time it would inflict an extra expense up- on a class of people who already are the prey of Income Tax, Poor Rate, and other officials. The shopkeeper is forced by competition to purchase foreign wares, the public demand the best and cheapest for their money, and when the pocket is likely to be touched patriotism fades, hence the popularity of the Free Trade idea with many people. The labelling of the goods as foreign has done nothing to stem the ever-increasing flow of foreign products to this country-I refer to goods we are able to pro- duce ours,elves-and' whether the premises were labelled German, French, or Russian, success would be assured providing the goods and the prices were right. I have had many years' ex- perience of buying both in this town and in London, and for years have carefully watched the growth of foreign imports. Our large wholie- sale distributing houses who are manufacturers of little or nothing use Free Trade as an effect- ive lever against the home manufacturer, for by this system they can purchase from the Con- tinent more cheaply than at home. We all know—or should know—that the amount paid for labour is the most important factor in the cost of an article (sweated goods not included), and therefore Continental labour being cheaper than British the home manufacturer is under- sold in his own market. And these wholesale place ranges of goods before us that we are com- pelled to buy in consequence. Extra profit is not made on foreign good's, keen competition renders it impossible in fact, I think -It is the other way. In this country 'British-made goods are so rare as to be almost objects of curiosity, and as such liable to fetch big prices. It is a constant puzzle to me that the people who uphold the idea of Trade Unions and the payment of labour to its full value should also be the upholders of a system which sets both these ideas on one side, and purchase the pro- ducts of a country whose labour is paid at a much lower rate than they will agree to here, and consequently cutting the ground from under the very people they profess to be so anxious to see employed. Further, ability in manufacture is enhanced by encouragement and practice if we wish to keep our own goods up to a high standard we must keep our own workers employed, otherwise we shall soon get behind our competitors both in ideas and skill of production. Continental products improve for this reason, and we give them encouragement by the open door of Free Trade. In conclusion, as a retailer I would rather handle and sell our own manufactures than those of foreigners, but until an equalising tax is placed on their goods the chance is small. Taxing us will do no good; that will not help the manufacturers at all. Tax the foreign wares until they are competitive on this side and I think both shopkeeper and manufacturer will render a good account of themselves, and in- stead of foreign wares being exposed and taking up the bulk of room in our premises, British- made will have the preference.—Yours, &c., RETAILER.

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