THE American business man is now seriously applying himself to the foreign-trade problem, and is using for its solution all the ingenuity and adaptability for which he is famous. But there are three very serious stumbling-blocks in his path to success -- real obstacles that must be overcome, but which can be removed only by a power not possessed by any merchant or combination of merchants. The situation is serious and can be bettered only by applying legislative remedies. All over the country there is arising the cry: "Give new freedom to our railroads and our dying merchant marine so that they can aid our crusade for foreign trade, and permit American labor employers to combine abroad so as successfully to compete there against foreign combinations paying much lower wages."
So audible is this message in all parts of our land that if there be legislators who have not already heard at least some of its sound waves, then there must be something wrong with their political wireless-telegraph apparatus, or, to drop into archaic phrase, "they haven't got their ears to the ground."