Export duty on cotton.
's joint resolutions proposing to amend the Constitution
for the purpose of authorizing an export tax on cotton and other Southern products will be powerfully supported.
The Philadelphia Press
thinks that the Southern
people will not object to this tax. It says:
"The idea that any opposition to this amendment of the Constitution
should come from the South
is absurd, when we recollect that in the Constitution
of the so-called 'Confederate States
' precisely this privilege was reserved as a measure of self- protection and self-defence.
It was, indeed, the necessary preparation for the South
, had they succeeded in winning their independence, for that system of manufacturing, without which, according to Governor Orr
and other sensible authorities, they are now so immeasurably suffering."
Undoubtedly the Cotton States
will oppose the measure.
They wish to supply the world with cotton, and thereby recover some portion, at least, of the immense wealth they formerly enjoyed.