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To the Editor.

Sir, — In your issue of April 3rd you open up a very important question-—viz., the desirability of levying a poor rate, and 1 am very glad to see the stand you have ' taken against the| movements. I only you had gone a little further, and *said that such a thing will not be tolerated by the thrifty producers of this colony. Whatever may be the means of dealing with this excrescence on civilisation, it must not be cultivated, or it will grow to be quite unbearable. I have an idea that our social system is capable of amendment. At present we are fighting against Nature —or, in other words, the Almighty,—and how can we hope to succeed. The law of Natural Selection, with unerring hand, picks out all useless . specimens, leaving the best and fittest to grow and flourish. This grand natural law, I say, we are doing our level best to counteract. Let us cease to be so foolish. Do not let us cultivate the worst ’specimens of humanity in defiance of God’s lawn. The experience of older countries is before us , if we are wise we will profit by their experience. There will, I , suppose, always be a certain percentage of humanity born without energy, industry, or thrift; but Nature, if left to herself, will soon weed out these bad specimens. In this young colony there is no real excuse for pauperism, or want of employment, and I hope the thrifty and industrious portion of the community will not suffer this barnacle to adhere, or they will find it hard to scrape off. —I am, &c., J.L.

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A POOR RATE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 87, 15 April 1880

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A POOR RATE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 87, 15 April 1880

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