LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
MR. McKINLEY'S TRIUMPH.
[To THE EDITOR OF THE " SPECTATOR:1 Slit,—In reference to the subject of your article, the fol- lowing quotation from a paper by the Hon. H. Cabot Lodge (M.C.), in the current number of the Arena, may throw some light on the matter :-
" There is one other charge which was freely made against the tariff of 1890, that deserves a brief answer. It was said that the McKinley Bill would stop trade with other countries, and that it raised duties ' all along the line.' A plain tale from the ' State- ment of Foreign Commerce and Immigration,' published by the Treasury Department for June, 1891, puts this accusation down very summarily :—
Total imports, free of duty, for nine months
ending June 30th, 1891 ($295,963,665) ... £59,192,733 Ditto, ending June 30th, 1890 ($208,983,873) 41,796,774 Balance in favour of 1891 ... £17,395,058
Total dutiable imports for nine months
ending June, 1890 ... ... $389,786,032 Ditto, ending June, 1891 ... ... 334,242,340 Balance in favour of 1891 ... £11,108,738
Total imports, nine months ending June 30th, 1891 $630,206,005
Ditto, ending June 30th, 1890 598,769,905 Balance in favour of 1891 £6,087,220 " With such a showing in favour of the tariff with which his name is associated, surely Mr. McKinley's triumph was hardly a matter of surprise.—I am, Sir, &c., F. W. GREY.
Moreton Pinkney Manor, Northamptonshire, November 16th.