I thought it would be interesting to explore our own immigrant roots and how close to the cutting-off point our ancestors were in getting across the pond.
This snip from a December 1892 edition of the New York Times suggests some of our ancestors may have had to scrape up at least a second class fare, and the cut in steerage passenger traffic might have affected attendance at the World's Fair and so on.
It's a pdf file which I found by googling: "northern European" steerage
Here's a pithy quote from this 1892 NYTimes link:
"One effect of this prohibition of the carrying of steerage passengers . . . may be to increase freight rates." NYTimes 12/14/1882
* yes, Virigina, it's the same url, offered up in three different imbedded links. Door one, door two, and door three contain the same information.