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CASSELL & COMPANY, Limited: LONDON, PARIS & MElbourne.

1891.

[ALL RIGHTS reserved.]

Supplied by Cassell & Company, Limited, in Packets of 100, price 15. Those marked * 25. Those marked † 4s.

1. The Dog and the Shadow.

66 'Fair Trade."

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2. What does Reciprocity-Protection propose to do? 3. The Results of Protection in Germany. 4. The Rt. Hon. John Bright, M.P., on 5. Mr. Arthur Arnold on "Fair Trade." 6. Bread Tax Once More. From "PUNCH." 7. A Catechism for "Fair Traders." By Rt. Hon. W. E. BAXTER. 8. Free Trade and Working Men. By Rt. Hon. W. E. BAXTER. 9. *Fair Trade and Free Trade. By Sir B. SAMUELSON, Bart., M.P. 10. Free Trade: What it does for England, and How it does it. By GEORGE W. MEDLEY.

11. Facts for Artisans. By GEORGE W. MEDLEY.

12. Mr. Cobden on "Re-distribution of Seats."

13. *Protection in France.

14. *Facts for Labourers. By GEORGE W. Medley.

15. *The Farmers and Protection. By CHARLES Whitehead.

16. Facts for Farmers. No. I.-DEPression in AgrICULTURE. BY GEORGE W. MEDLEY.

17. The Effects of Protection in America.

By Sir W. B. FORWOOD. 18. Would Protection remove the Present Distress, and Benefit the Working Man? By JOSEPH ARCH.

19. The Newcastle Weekly Chronicle on Cobden Club Leaflets. 20. Memorial Verses on Richard Cobden, 1865.

21. Robbing a Thousand Peters to pay One Paul By GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE.

22. Less Free Trade or More: Which Shall it Be? By J. HAMPDEN JACKSON.

23. *Facts for Farmers. No. II.-DEPRESSION IN AGRICULTURE.

GEORGE W. MEDLEY.

24. *Fair Trade: its Impossibility. By SYDNEY BUXTON, M.P. 25. Reciprocity Explained. By GEORGE JACOB HOLYOAKE.

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26. *Words of Warning to Agricultural Labourers and other Working Men. By ALFRED SIMMONS, the Leader of the Kent and Sussex Labourers.

27. *How they Succeed in Canada. (From the Agricultural Gazette, January 5th, 1885.)

28. Free Trade and Fair Trade: What do the Words Mean? By JAMES E. THOROLD ROGERS.

29. *Free Trade v. Protection (alias "Reciprocity," alias "Fair Trade"). By JOHN NOBLE.

20. The

British Peasant on the Right Hon. J. Lowther's Proposition-that he should pay "a farthing a week' on his Bread

to benefit the Landed Interest.

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31. The Farmer of Kent. (From the Suffolk Chronicle of forty years ago.) 32. Will a Five-Shilling Duty on Corn raise the Price of Bread or not?

33. United States Protection v. British Free Trade. By the Right Hon. W. E. BAXTER,

34. The Right Hon. John Bright on "The Safety of the Ballot." 35. *The Secrecy of the Ballot.

36. Protection versus Work and Wages. By EDWARD North BUXTON. 37. The Fair Traders and Reciprocity. By EDWARD North Buxton. 38. *The Death Duties.

39. Fair Trade and Retaliation. By Sir T. H. FARRER, Bart.

40. Land Law Reform.

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PREFACE.

IN 1889 the Committee of the Cobden Club offered a prize of £50, to be awarded in the following year, for the best Essay on the subject of "The Comparative Advantages to Production of Tenancy, in any of its Various Forms, and Occupying Ownership." Of the essays offered the following was adjudged first in merit. As the information contained in it is varied and interesting, and the subject is still attracting the attention of Parliament, the Committee, in accordance with former practice, now present it to the public in a slightly abridged form.

It is felt that, in promoting the reform of our landed system, the Cobden Club is following the lines of Richard Cobden's thought and action. Bred to agriculture, Cobden was keenly alive to the disabilities imposed by law upon the successful prosecution of the farmer's industry. Of these, the first was Protection, which ruined the farmer, by adding to the cost of all commodities, agricultural and other, consumed by him; while such increased profit as he might have secured through the higher prices of his produce was more than absorbed by the rise of rent which accompanied it. For the removal of this incubus nothing further was requisite than the application of the doctrine of laissez faire. Had Cobden lived to witness the full effects of American competition and the partial collapse of the old system of English farming, he would have insisted upon a positive and constructive policy as

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