The Empire's Trade.
« . GREAT MEETING- IN LONDON-. MR CHAMBERLAIN'S "LOAD3D REVOLVER." London-, July 8 The Duke of Argyll presided over a meeting of ten thousand persons organised by the Tariff Reform League in the Albert Hall. Twenty thousand persona were refusad admission. Mr Chamberlain said that if any Continental Power offered to negotiate a reciprocity treaty with Britain on the same terms as the colonies were offering no Free importer would hesitate to welcome ifc. Whrit pernicious influence, he asked, filled the Opposition with prudish compunctions that ifc was afraid even o£ a friendly conference with the colonies. The League was determined to carry its inquiry into action. " We are a fighting force," he continued " with a definite constructive policy. When victory comes we are determined that it will be complete and final." By retaliation, he went on, the League meant the use of an effective engine to force fair trade upon other nations. Failing thac, Britain Rhould take up an independent position. She needed a big revolver loaded with a general tariff which might be converted into a penal tariff at a moment's notice, when she was obliged to meet men armed at all points But it would be a perfectly innocent weadon if other nations would grant Britain reciprocity.
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The Empire's Trade., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6618, 11 July 1905
The Empire's Trade. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6618, 11 July 1905
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