19 MARCH 1904, Page 2

In the House of Lords on Monday Lord Wemyss moved

that a Royal Commission should be appointed to report on the state of trade, and whether any action was needed "in the furtherance thereof." He called on the Government to appoint a small Committee instead of "the waggon-load of Commissioners now sitting to frame the tariff most beneficial to their own trades." Lord Wemyss ended his speech by expressing his opinion that blood was a better tie between the Colonies and the Mother-country than tariffs. "A tie effected through the method of mercenary tariffs would lead to friction, disputes, and discontent." Lord Goschen, though not favourable to a Royal Commission on a large scale and with a wide reference, showed in a singularly wise and tactful

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