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COTTON CULTIVATION.

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COTTON CULTIVATION. The present Chancellor of the Exchequer is not likely to abandon the traditional policy of sitting tightly on the Treasury chest, but, at the same time, there are strong reasons why he should yield a sympathetic hearing to such a deputation as was sug- gested by the Duke of Marlborough in the course of his speech at Bolton. During the partial failure of the cotton supply, Lanca- shire incurred a loss which the Duke esti- mated at £ 150,000 a week, and it does not require a very keen business sense to per- ceive that a sum of over two millions would be well invested if it were the means of preventing another such calamity falling upon the county. But beyond the liability to a cotton famine causcd by an inadequate supply, there is always a desire on the part of the United States to keep the cotton at home, and thereby to monopolise the trade upon which Lancashire mainly depends. The only safeguard which it is possible for us to apply is the cultivation of cotton in British Colonies, and there seems to be a general agreement among those who have investigated the subject, that Northern Nigeria is well worthy of attention as a C, 0. promising field for such operations. THE ANTI-SWEARING LEAGUE. It is reported that the inspectors of the Anti-Swearing League commenced on Sun- day their campaign against swearing in the streets, tramcars. and omnibuses of several of the London suburbs. If the League is going to undertake a measure of this, kind, it will be able to effect a sensible diminu- tion in the number of unemployed, for a small army of inspectors will be required to deal effectively with the evil in the streets of London. There are certainly tens of thousands of men in the metropolis, and a liberal sprinkling of them in every large provincial town, who never speak without an oath. It may be that the use of this emphasised language is due more to poverty of vocabulary than to profanity, but in any event such people are a great nuisance, and the only matter for surprise is that some attempt has not been made to deal with them long ago. Perhaps the league are right in thinking that the evil is more noticeable on Sunday than on a week day, but the worst cases are those of men who, not usually choice in their selection of ad- jectives, throw all restraint to the winds when they have spent a large portion of 0 their week's wages on beer. If the inspec- tors desire to discourage this class, they will require to begin their week's campaign on Friday evening, and to resume it with renewed vigour on Saturday afternoon.

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