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GOVERNMENT PROTECTION.-If government, in obedience to barbaric law. has sanctioned a wrong and therefore is under obligation to remedy the wrong by confiscating the rent, it is equally bound to remedy the wrong of usury and profit arising from equally barbarous privilege by taxing them back. Rent, interest, and profit, if they exist independently of class law, each affects labor in the same way, and if government needs to protect the worker against the one, it does against each and all. It is still plain to me that if protection of the Government is preferable to freedom, there is equal reason why the Government should protect against all forms of income without work, or in excess of service rendered, whatever the device or pretended justification. I see no ground whatever for any distinction.

J. K. Ingalls. Glenora, N. Y.