The Daily Metropolitan (Brownsville, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, September 15, 1893 Page: 2 of 4
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ToXdS. as Second—Class Matter.
Friday, September 15 1893.
Washington, Sept. 9.—A dele-
gation representing flax and hemp
interests appeared before the ways
and means committee to-day. Mr.
Turner, vice president of the Bar-
ber Bros, company of New York,
acted sf spokesman for the delega-
tion. He said the companies repre-
sent an investment of $5,ooo,ooo
and employed between 5000 and
6000 workers. He recommended
the committee to retain the present
duty on the product oí these man-
ufactories so that they could conti-
nue to be on an equality with for-
eign producers. He asked that if
changes were to be made they be
made quickly in order to restore con-
J. M. Bemisof Boston fa llowed
with a short argument for retention
of the duty on dressed flax. He
said the difference in the labor cost
of a ton of dressed flax here and in
England was $36, while the pro-
tection accorded by the present du-
ty but (28.
Mrs. Ernest Hart followed in be-
half of ccrtain classes of hand linen
and knit work of a very high quali-
ty to secure the removal of duty 011
.these goods with a view to opening
a market for them in this country.
The duty at present is 50 per cent
ad valorem and 44 cents per pound.
Mrs. Hart said they were made on
hand looms and therefore do not
compete. * N
Joseph Stewart from Philadel-
phia, claiming to represent 50,000
workers, asked the committee to
give assurance to workmen that no
changes would be made on the duty
on textile manufactures. Lace cur-
tain, upholstering, worsted goods,
ingrain carpets, ribbons and cotton
industries are terribly depressed and
^cotton industries are terribly dc-
pressed and he believed this condi-
tion wholly due to t)ie .threatened
/eduction of the tariff. He said
foreign manufacturers are prepar-
ing to lake advantage of the rrduc-
fjoy of duties and with terrible e arn
" & :: 0
estneas appealed to the committee to
make no change in the duty on
manufactured goods.. Stewart de-
clared that'in his opinion a reduc-
tion of the tariff would be speedily
followed by a fall of wages.
Fitagerald, woolen worker, testi-
fied to the depressed condition of
the woolen industry. "Our mills
are practically all closed down,"
said he. "We think if assurance is
now given that no tariff changes will
be made in our industry prosperity
Chairman Wilson then took a
hand. "All you gentlemen claim,"
he t>aid, addressing the working-
men's delegation, "that restriction
of importation has enabled your em-
ployers to pay high wages and you
protest against a reduction of duties
on the ground that if duties are re-
duced your industries would come
in competition with foreign goods
and your wages be reduced. In
other words, you believe labor em-
ployed in the manufacture of goods
which compete in the markets of
the world can only be paid world's
This being assented to, Chairman
Wilson went on to point out how
the products of the farm, wheat,
cotton, etc., and the products of
many unprotected industries com-
peted in the world's markets with-
out falling of wages to those paid
abroad in the same industries.
The President It Firm.
Washington, Sept. 9.—In the
house on Capitol hill but little cre-
dence is given to reports of compro-
mise action in the senate on the re-
peal bill. Democratic leaders in the
house say Faulkner's proposition to
the senate to coin silver up to
$800,000,000 and then stop has re-
ceived exaggerated prominence. It
is evidently the plan of the house
leaders to prevent at this time any
kindred financial or currency legis-
lation which might complicate the
situation in the senate. They do
not propose, however, to allow the
house to- fold its hands and adjourn
from day to day until action is had
or repeal tlje proposition in the
senate. As soon as bills can be re-
ported from the committees the
house will take up the bills to admit
the territories of Arizona, New
Mexico and Utah, the biil to repeal
the federal election law and possi-
bly the bankruptcy bill. These
measures will keep the house busy
until the senate acts and will show
the country that something is being
done and at the same time prevent
the consideration of financial bills
that might complicate the fight for
repeal in the senate.
Washington Post: Senate Coke
of Texas made a speech yesterday.
It is not often that he says a word.
His remarks, of Course, declared his
well understood friendship to silver.
He is a big, positive man, with an
iron-gray beard, a clean shaven up-
per lip and rather positive manner-
an earnest and unfaltering friend and
a most excellent hater. Perhaps the
best way to phrase birn is to be
found in the statement that he has
rarely convinced anybody and has
never been convincd by anybody
In his day and time his arguments
werf quite liberally backed by phy-
sical strength. This was in a re-
mote age when he was district judge
and used to ride 150 miles to hold
court. It was said by those who re-
member him in that pr«-historic
epoch that one of his saddlebags
: - i ... *
used to contain half a pond of coffee,
a pound of bacon, a little sugar, some
crackers and three or four matches,
wrapped in a piece of brown paper.
The other pouch contained a night
shirt and a cap-and-ball Colt's revol-
ver, model of 1849. He was as
ready to use one as the other.
That was long ago, but something
of his old time method tfiings round
him still as closely and as much in
evidence as the odor of the fractured
rose vase. He is an earnest believer
in the virtue of the white metal and
his speech yesterday was as assertive
in tune * s was to have been expect-
ed—which is saying a good deal.
New York Recorder: The peo-
ple who are declaring that the sil-
ver dollar is worth only 50 cents
take very good care not to pay out
two of them for one in the settle-
ment of their accounts.
Boston Globe: The senate seems
to regard it as conformable to its
repution as a big body to "go slow."
It is in danger of being more digni-
fied than respectful to the nation by
who$e will it exists.
New York Evening World: The
life saving service should be an all-
the-year-round servtce. Every sea-
son has its shipwrecks and its storms
Let the corps of rescuers along the
coast be well equipped, well organ-
ized, well paid and continuously on
Globe-Democrat: As the tariff
will be overhauled by the present
congress some time, the earliest it is
done perhaps the better for j,the in-
dustries concerned aild the country
at large. Suspense is injurious to
trade. Sometimes it is almost as
hurtful as direct attack.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Talk
was superfluous before it was
known how the senate stood on the
question of repeal, but now that a
majority is pronounced for repeal
the combine to keep on jawing is a
conspirecy against the popular will
and the public welfare.
Chicago Record: If President
Cleveland should at any time ad
vise the repeal of the law taxing
state bank issues there can be little
doubt that he would insist on the
establishing of regulations for state
banks that would place such issues
as much under federal control as are
the issues of national banks.
~UUT CUUIXG SALKI
LONE STAR STORE
The entire stock of Dry Goods,
Clothing Shoes, Hats,-Fancy Goods
and Notions, Etc., Etc.
EVERY THING MUST GO
This is agolden opportunity to lay
in a supply of first-class goods at
less than cost prices. It will pay
you to see me before purchasing
Jewelry, Arms and Ammunition.
GENERAL AGENT FOR NORTHERN MEXICO FOR THE
Also Special Agent for Winchesters and Colts Fire Arms, And Da-
pont Powder Manufacturing Corn pat y.
MATAMOROS, MIX ICO
JOHN. W. HOWT,
I! li O WNS VII. L E, 7 / XJS.
Books, Stationary, Fancy Goods,
TOYS AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
Elisabeth St. Between Eleventh and Tv^gl
New York Evening Post: If the
mills were shutting down, as it so-
lemnly assured us a few weeks ago,
solely on account of the vague talk
about a new tariff, how can they
take courage to start up again when
the talk has passed into certainty
with the appointment of the com-
mittee on ways and means and its
prompt buckling down to work?
Richmond State: We sincerely
hope that our Virginia senators will
finally hearken to .the voice of th*
intelligent public and vote on the
side of repeal. By so doing these
senators would not have to surren-
der any of their principles touching
silver. They would certainly not
lose any friends in the old common-
wealth. On the other hand, they
would gain many friends. They
would-be heartily applauded for
help the reputation of the state. By
all meant let them change their po-
sition on this burning question.
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MRS. J. DREYfUS
12th St. betwwn Elisabeth and Washington Sirt e s
DEALER IN J
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Elizabeth St., Bró1
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Smithwick, John P. The Daily Metropolitan (Brownsville, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, September 15, 1893, newspaper, September 15, 1893; Brownsville, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth178132/m1/2/: accessed June 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.