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IT is wonderful how silent the Opposition remains upon the subject of trade. The Government have been in office for a year, and during that year we have the interest- ing fact, patent to all, that trade has been getting better and better. How to distract the British working-man from the contem- plation of this result of a Unionist Govern- ment, is naturally one of the great problems of the Liberal leaders. A conspiracy of silence, therefore, as to the state of trade, is one expedient, and some desperate assaults upon the good name and fame of the landed interests is another. All these dodges may be thought clever and useful by party leaders, but they cannot divert the minds of men who live by employment from the reflection that work is to be had now for good wages, which was not to be had at all in the lean years of the late Liberal Government. Take the recent returns of the revenue for the last three months, and we shall find that they reflect very faithfully the increased spending power of the people. People do not spend unless they are earning, and a net increase of one million six hundred and twenty-eight thousand and fifty pounds during the last quarter, as compared with the correspond- ing period of 1895, is the best possible proof that the country is enjoying the most solid and substantial benefits of a settled Government. The Customs and the Excise have both yielded a large increase, and the productiveness of these departments is universally admitted to be the best evidence of diffused prosperity. More tea, more wine, more tobacco have been cleared for home consumption during the past five months, and if some of this must be put down to ihe action of the licensed victuallers last year in view of the Budget, still the general characteristic of the present year is still that of increasing yields of Revenue. The Post Office and Telegraph returns all tell the same tale. If the succeeding quarters of the year keep up to the yield of the first quarter, the Chancellor of the Exchequer may hope to handle a surplus next year which will equal that which he had the good fortune to announce on the introduction of the Budget. +

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