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and immensely ridiculous. Hides were once wonderfully useful as clothing. Indeed, they were, in northern climates at least, probably the first clothing man put on after his own hide became too tender for exposure. Did this give hides an historic position ? Did it give them a claim to justice? Did it make the use of broadcloth a wrong to them over which the human conscience should reproach itself f FOURTH LETTER ON JOINTMETALLISM.
To the Editor of the “Evening Post”.
SIR : I have read with much interest your courteous and interesting article in yesterday's Evening Post on “The Goddess Argentum.”
To worship a goddess with so unfeminine a name would be indeed shocking. I am opposed to idolatry, monometallism, and inflation. You say that the monometallists will never consider my plan because they totally deny that the demonetization of silver and the great reduction in its purchasing power have caused a general decline in values, etc.
The following clause in my plan makes it entirely unpalatable to all who want cheap currency to pay their debts with :
“Let it be enacted that for all debts, public or private, of $10 and upward, contracted after six months from the passage of the act,” etc. But between the monometallists and the inflationists there is a large class that will finally decide this question—the thrifty common people, who are pretty sure, in time, to get at the right of any ethical question and any ordinary business question. These plain people, the mass of the voters in our country, have no sympathy with dishonest debtors, nor have they any desire to allow creditors any unfair advantage. They do not quickly grasp financial problems that require special study, but they would sooner understand these problems if an independent press would furnish facts and arguments in a non-partisan and non-sectional spirit, allowing both sides to be fairly heard. Your fairness in printing views of correspondents that honestly differ from your own, is worthy of all commendation. It is of these common people that Abra