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rap'nsv The Commoner. 12 The World Struggles for Gold and SHrer. 'A History of tho Precious Metals, from the Earliest Times to the Present. By Alexander Del Mar, M. E. Sec ond edition revised. 488 pp. Cam bridge Encyclopedia Company. Mr. Alexander Del Mar is a man of set ideas; ho is also an indofatigable worker, a political economist of the flrst order, a brilliant numismatist, and a faithful student of history. Knowing exactly what he wants to provo and possessing to the tips of his lingers the facts connected with his subject, his narrative is clear, concise, and to the point, not to say elegant and attractive. The title of his work furnishes also a palpable proof of the Inborn modesty of the savant, of the "erudite." This "History of Precious Metals" was begun in 1858, published in London in 1880, and attracted a good deal of deserved attention. This second edition gives to the public an up-to-date history, full of documentary evidence of indisputable value for the solution of the money question, which "will 'have to be debated upon much higher grounds than any which have hitherto been advanced in the conten tion." ''That 1b to say, it will have to bo argued not by appeals to ignor ance and passion, but by appeals to re ligion and patriotism, to fraternity and equity." Mr. Del Mar gives successively the hl&tory of previous metal 3 from the remotest times in all quarters of the globe. This I'Jstory is one of blood, slavery, and plunder, and the author seems to be amply justified in assert ing that the "desire for the precious metals, rather than geographical re searches or military conquest, is the principal motive which has led to the dominion of the earth by civilized race3." The facts are substantially re lated in the chapters on ."Plunder of Europe by the Romans," "Plunder of Africa," "Plunder of Asia," "Plunder of India," and "Plunder of China," ending with the looting by the allied armies commanded by Count von Wal dersee. The revelations on the Trans vaal are particularly interesting. From a carefully guarded report of the chamber of mines (a British organiza tion) for 1896, is gathered evidence to show that "the Transvaal mines (most- COFFEE COMPLEXION Many Ladies Huvo Poor Complexions From Cofl'eo "Coffee caused dark colored blotches on my face and body. I had been drinking it for a long while and these blotches gradually appeared, until finally they became permanent and were about as dark as coffee itself. I formerly had as fine a complexion as one could ask for. When I became convinced that cof fee was the cause of my trouble, I changed and took to using Postum Cereal Food Coffee, and as I made it well, according to directions, I liked it very much, and have since that time used it entirely in place of coffee. 1 am thankful to say I am not nervous any more, as I was when I was drinking coffee, and my complex ion is now as fair and good as it was years ago. It is very plain that the coffee caused the trouble. Please omit my name from public print." Mrs. , 2081 Ogden Ave., Chicago, 111. The name of this lady can be given by the Postum Cereal Co,, Ltd., Battle Creek, Mich. Most bad complexions are caused by some disturbance of the stomach and coffee is the greatest disturber of di gestion known. Almost any woman can have a fair complexion if she will leave off coffee and use Postum Food Coffee and nutritious, healthy food in proper quantity. The food coffee fur nishes certain parts of the natural grains from the field that nature uses to rebuild the nervous system and when that is in good condition, one can depend upon a good complexion as well as a goneral healthy condition of the body, ly owned by British capitalists) have been worked from flrst to last by na tives who were entrapped and forced into them against their will; that they were bought from contractors at so much per man, bound, strapped, made drunk with rotten liquor, and thrust naked into pits which avarice has dug and hypocrisy has covered over' Throughout his book Mr. Del Mar contends that the precious metals cost more to produce than they are worth. He shows in support of his contention that in the Transvaal mines, for in stance, the salary of the free miner averages only $1.50 per diem, conclud ing that "it is quite evident that with out forced labor, without slavery, and without working the mills on the Sab bath, the industry could not have been maJo to pay." Referring to the coinage of precious metals as money, Mr. Del Mar believes that there is an evolution of money far more important than that of its sub stance, the growth from a statical to dynamical mechanism, and the con comitant growth in the methods of exchange. In other words, a dollar now performs, in the same interval of time, several times the amount of work in facilitating exchanges that it was previously capable of perform ing; so that Time, whose influence upon Price was until recently imper ceptible, now clearly and unmistak ably enters into its composition. In the opinion of the author, "the gov ernment instead of Individuals should retain control of the monetary meas ure; otherwise there can be no real religion, no real liberty, no real na tional life. The basis of national life is political equality. There can be no equality so long as an unjust measure continues to rob the many for the benefit of the few." The work is re plete with statistics carefully revised. Literary Digest. STOPS THE COUGH And Works off the Cold. Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets cura a cold in ono day. No Curo, No Pay. Price 25 cents. I SECURE A YEAR'S I I i ' H I SUBSCRIPTION FREE I Fmm - --I MMBHN ""MM Ml MMMOT MM W-W --i-i CHICAGO, ILL., and SPRINGFIELD, MASS.. ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST PRACTICAL FARM AND FAMILY PAPERS PUBLISHED. 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