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amateur like myself to claim to rival them in ability or researchBesides this I don't object when they overthrow those unscientific bimetaliists who want a fixed empirical ratio.
Neither do I object to the masterly manner in which A- J. Balfour and Archbishop Welsh belabor and overthrow the gold monometallists.
I say, more power to their elbows, good luck to their club, golf stick, shillalah, and crosier. The more the mutually destructive fight wages between the gold and the silver champions, the more the way will be prepared for joint-metallism.
In all this discussion, and in all the efforts put forth by our statesmen, capitalists, and great financial newspapers to maintain the diminishing Government gold reserve, the one thing that stands out clearly is the fact that there is not enough gold to form a sufficient basis for the currency, commerce, and credits of the world; and that if we don't want to see this country on a silver basis, it is necessary now to consider some way of A Convenient and Sufficient Basis. 183
using both the precious metals together, and always at their market values.1
I think joint-metallism presents a convenient and sufficient basis, and until this view is shown to be erroneous by facts and fair arguments, I must continue so to think.
1 See page 66, etc., for an account of some dangers of the present situation.