Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Elementary, My Dear Watson

Allow me to quote liberally from last night's reading:
"...Have you yesterday's Times, Watson?"
"It is here in the corner."
"Might I trouble you for it-the inside page, please, with the leading articles?" He glanced swiftly over it, running his eyes up and down the columns. "Capital article this on free trade. Permit me to give you an extract from it.

You may be cajoled into imagining that your own special trade or your own industry will be encouraged by a protective tariff, but it stands to reason that such legislation must in the long run keep away wealth from the country, diminish the value of our imports, and lower the general conditions of life on this island.

"What do you think of that, Watson?" cried Holmes in high glee, rubbing his hands together with satisfaction. Don't you think that is an admirable sentiment?"

Not bad, Sherlock.

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