The argument that the retention of the silver standard would mean the continuance of the present state of uncertainties in exchange is worth serious consideration. It is certainly a fact that the uncertainties of to-day constitute a serious impediment to the growth of commerce. But the various exchanges within the country itself are more responsible for the uncertainties in connection with the exchange that the retention of silver as the standard. Before taking any steps with regard to changing the standard, it is of the utmost importance that the currency of the whole country should be unified. If after such a result is once achieved it be found that the retention of silver constitutes a disadvantage, then it is worth while attempting reform in that direction.