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counteracting this singular measure that Peter and his colleagues 
got adopted twenty years ago?
FATHER: I am going to tell you a secret. I remain in Paris 
on purpose. I shall call in the people to my assistance. It rests 
with them to replace the octroi on its ancient basis, and get 
quit of that fatal principle which was engrafted on it, and which 
still vegetates there like a parasitical fungus.
Son: You must succeed in this at once. 
Father: On the contrary, the work will be difficult and 
laborious. Peter, Paul, and John understand one another 
marvellously. They will do anything rather than allow firewood, 
butter, and butchers' meat to enter Paris. They have on their 
side the people, who see clearly the employment which these 
three protected branches of industry afford. They know well to 
what extent the cowfeeders and wood-merchants give 
employment to labour; but they have by no means the same exact 
idea of the labour which would be developed in the open air 
of liberty. 
Son: If that is all, you will soon enlighten them. 
Father:At your age, my son, no doubts arise. If I write, 
the people will not read; for, to support their miserable 
existence, they have not much time at their disposal. If I speak, the 
magistrates will shut my mouth. The people, therefore, will 
long remain under their fatal mistake. Political parties, whose 
hopes are founded on popular passions, will set themselves, not 
to dissipate their prejudices, but to make merchandise of them. 
I shall have to combat at one and the same time the great men 
of the day, the people, and their leaders. In truth, I see a 
frightful storm ready to burst over the head of the bold man who 
shall venture to protest against an iniquity so deeply rooted in 
this country. 
Son: You will have truth and justice on your side. 
Father: And they will have force and calumny on theirs. 
Were I but young again! but age and suffering have exhausted 
my strength. 
Son: Very well, father; what strength remains to you, devote 
to the service of the country. Begin this work of enfranchisement, and leave to me the care of finishing it.