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REPORT FOR CLASS F. POLITICAL ECONOMY —THE TBAMP, Political Economy is defined as the science which deals with social phenomena from the eco nomic standpoint. A subject can always be more clearly explained by illustration than by abstract reasoning; and it is also the case that it is much easier for us to ex- plain things by similes, or comparisons than ab stractly. So, in dealing briefly with the subject of Political Economy, I will tuke up a class of society and endeavor to show its economic relation to economic society in general. We will consider the tramp. The tramp, like the cockleburr, is a product of nature, and like the cockleburr, he is most found where he is least wanted and can do the greatest harm; but he lacks one characteristic of the burr—“sticktoitive ness.” That is the tramp’s weakest point and the burr’s strongest point. The burr absorbs the rich ness of the soil and produces nothing of utility: the tramp absorbs the fruits of other men’s labor and produces graybacks and nothing more. Yes, he does produce something more; in fact, he produces much more. lie creates consternation in chicken coops, a scarcity of cold victuals, a demand for watchdogs, culabooses, shotguns, etc. But the tramp produces nothing but what society would be better off without. Anything to have a value must be of utility to mankind, it must sat- isfy some necessity, or taste, or vanity of man, otherwise it is an obstacle in the way of his prog ress. The tramp is a burden on society, not simply because he is not a producer of utilities, but because he is a consumer and a menace to its peace, prosperity and happiness. But the tramp is not all of his class—he is only one of the genera which includes all non-produc ing consumers, such as gamblers, thieves and bawds of either sex. This class add nothing to the real wealth of a country. Although they may em ploy labor to build fine mansions, carriages, etc., and pay servants to wait upon them, and buy the merchants’ goods, arid thus create industries anji enrich honest individuals, they are still a drain upon the country’s wealth. The reason i^this: Whatever wealth they possess, had first been cre ated by the labor of others, and consequently was a part of the country’s wealth. To show how this class becomes a drain upon the country’s wealth, we can compare it to a family of ten persons on a large farm. While all the members do equal and reasonable shares of the work on the farm the family will ordinarily grow rich; but if one mem ber staps work the farm becomes one-tenth less productive: yet there are still the ten mouths to be fed and ten backs to be clothed. In time say live of the family quit work, and now the results become clearly apparent. The five workers can not make the farm produce as much as the ten workers did formerly, consequently the family be comes poverty stricken. Those who do the labor have no time to do else than struggle for the ne cessities of life, therefor the improvements about the farm all go to wrack, the machinery wears out and there is no money with which to replace it; and finally the creditors forclose on the old home and the family is turned adrift: the mem bers become servants for other families: and, may be, some become thieves and some tramps, and others, perchance, go away and establish new families. It is just the same with a nation—its prosperity and political integrity depends, not so much upon the fertility of its soil, the richness of its mines and other natural resources, as upon the virtue, honesty, industry and economy of its people. The downfall of all the great nations of the past was brought about, not by the oppressions of other nations, but by their own internal rotten ness, or in other words, by the weakening process of the. many trying to live on the industry of the few. It was the downfall of Greece and of Home and it is the danger that threatens the great and prosperous nations of to-day. It is the danger that threatens our own United States. We see, even now, at this early day in its existence, a class growing up who hold themselves aloof from social contact with those who earn their living in the sweat of their face; and they are not the tramps who ride in box cars and sleep in hay stacks and scratch themselves by the depot stove, or on the sunny side of coal sheds—these are only scavengers. They are the aristocracy, not the aristocracy of brains and noble manhood, but the aristocracy of drones who fatten upon the coupons clipped from bonds earned by the industry of hon est ancestors, or perhaps stolen by dishonest fore fathers. So, putting two and two together, we see, that unless a man is a producer, he is a burden, a par asite upon tne body politic. There are thousands, of course, who are not responsible for being bur dens, as, for instance, the insane and those who have been rendered incapable, by physical ail ments, of laboring. But all those who can but will not labor for a living without injury to others are human cockleburr* who if allowed to multiply at will would soon overrun our country and smother out its prosperity. I thank you for your attention, and trust that you will not take, as personal, any of my allusions to the genus hobo. A KEW QUOTATIONS GIVEN AT HOLL-CALL # Education ends only with life. Idleness is the key of beggary and the root of all evil. Science ought to teach us to see the invisible as well as the visible in nature. I will utter what I believe to-day, if it should contradict all l said yesterday. A liberal education is a desideratum, for both men and women of every calling. The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever-growing influence of the Bible. It is natural to side with the weak, but in doing so we must take care not to be unjust to the strong. We cannot find a better example, exhibited by the Homans regarding their insensibility to phys ical pain, than that of Qaius Macius. To balance Fortune by a just expense Join with Economy, Magnificence. The Seed of every Virtue here on Earth From Discipline and Early Culture grow. Faint Heart. There are men who could walk up to a cannon's mouth with perfect composure, but who subside into speachless embarrassment in the society ef a woman. Just why she proves so formidable, they would probably find it difficult to state, but the fact remains. Doctor Haldane, a professor of Saint Andrew’s University, was a most estimable man, possessed of a pleasing person and a hand some competency, but he was well advanced in life before he could make up his mind to marry. He would fain have had a wife, but was to bash ful to seek one. Finally, however, he fitted up his house afresh, and rumor reported that he was about to change his state. The popular voice was right, for, on a certain day,the good doctor was seen at the house of a lady for whom he had long been supposed to entertain a liking; he wore a new coat, and, in great agitation, was wiping his “weel-pouthered head” with a snowy handkerchief, when the door was opened. As soon as he was shown in, and saw his hostess calmly knitting, his courage oozed out at the tips of his fingers, and he sat down upon the edge of his chair in such a state of confusion as to rouse, the compassion of his friend. 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