DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY.
« . At the olobb of a leotard on "Chemistry' delivered in the Canterbury College, Profeiior Blekerton laid before his aadlenoe the outline of a theory of his own re garding the derelopment of the bamao raoe. He had, be said, given the mbjooi a great deal of thought, and aoma six moaths ago he bad arrived at oertaln oooolualons. His Idea was that tbe human tack originally were without means of defence, and in order to proteot themsnlves from destraotlon ind poselble extermination by wild animals, mankind had oolleoted Into groups for mutual proteo'.lon Theie groapa were oompoied of either so. fish or kindly psople and la tbe struggle for existence tbe kindly groups overoame the selfish ones. How he had arrived at tLli ooao'.uiloa was that history taught M, and it oould be observed in our own times that the selfish and grasping men were In the end defeated by combinations of better disposed persons. Working Indlvldaaliy enoonragad selffiab nesi, and a selfiih parson' always came to the front ; but qo operation of ' those whose" kindly feellngi ptedomloftted overcacae the t&adenoy to iie}fl ( Ubeis Id Individuals . Tbe . Prof eiloV" pointed '■ to the poverty in the world, whilst %i the same time there was plenty for alb If properly distributed.. New Zealand possessed one of tbe finest ollmates and most fertile bollb gT any psrt of the world; and yet they heard of poverty and des Itution. It was only the other day ho had heard of several men having been found seeking shelter by night in the park This state of things oonld, be argued, be altered if an effort were made in the right dlreotlon, and that was by thoie desti- e)i of making the change, 00-operatlng nod •udeayorlng to work oat a remedy. Tbe Professor's remarks were leoalved with applause.
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