The Triumph of Free Trade, and Other Essays and Speeches

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Macmillan and Company, limited, 1920 - 384 psl.

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308 psl. - Hitherto it is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being. They have enabled a greater population to live the same life of drudgery and imprisonment, and an increased number of manufacturers and others to make fortunes.
93 psl. - ... in the first stage, adopting free trade with more advanced nations as a means of raising themselves from a state of barbarism, and of making advances in agriculture ; in the second stage, promoting the growth of manufactures, fisheries, navigation, and foreign trade by means of commercial restrictions ; and in the last stage, after reaching the highest degree of wealth and power...
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326 psl. - Could it be maintained,' he asked, ' that a person of any education could learn anything from a penny paper ? It might be said that people might learn what had been said in parliament. Well, would that contribute much to their education ? They might read the foreign intelligence, of which many would understand very little, and they might see the opinions of the editor of the paper.
313 psl. - Is it not, in your judgment as a medical man, necessary that young persons should have a little recreation or amusement during the day; is it not contributory to their general health? — I do not see it necessary.
93 psl. - German allied states, as would be their separation by internal provincial customs tariffs. In the union of the three kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland the world witnesses a great and irrefragable example of the immeasurable efficacy of free trade between united nations. Let us only suppose all other nations of the earth to be united in a similar manner, and the most vivid imagination will not be able to picture to itself the sum of prosperity and good fortune which the whole human race would...
48 psl. - The act in question declared, that no goods or commodities whatever of the growth, production, or manufacture of Asia, Africa, or America, should be imported either into England or Ireland, or any of the plantations, except in ships belonging to English subjects, and of which the master and the greater number of the crew were also English.
103 psl. - ... year ; and at the ratio of the work done to each man employed upon the New York Central Railroad, the 4,500 bushels of wheat can be moved from far Dakota to a flour mill in Minnesota, and thence the 1,000 barrels of flour can be moved to the city of New York, and all the machinery of the farm, the mill, and the railroad can also be kept in repair at the equivalent of the...
309 psl. - The Labour Question may be said to have come into public view simultaneously with the repeal, between sixty and seventy years ago, of the Combination Laws, which had 'made it an offence for labouring men to unite for the purpose of procuring by joint action, through peaceful means, an augmentation of their wages. From this point progress began.

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