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Discussing tho Bill brought Into the House of Commons tot grsn'lug vot s to unmarried women with property Mc Labouohere has (n "Truth" the following lively remarks on female suffrage ; — This Bill ought to be opposed by every friend of woman. It grants to Hsgnr what It denies to Sarah ; lt glvos monei votes and then dlequallfiea them If shy I marry. A woman haa to eleot botwoon I the sooial rights of a wife and the politioal 1 rights of »n elector. Tho former Is tho j disqualification to the enjoymtnt of the latter. I am not surprised, therefore, that all the principal advooatos of fom»le suffrage amongßt women aro bitterly opposed to It. Am I, then, In favor of votes being given to all women ? Neither to all nor to any. But If to any, it is only fair that votaa should be given to all. And why am I opposed ? Por the plain and simplo reason that lam a man. There are more women m England than men, If we give j bs I have said, to somg, wa muit give to | all. Tho result, therefore, would bo that femsle suffrage would be the abdication of of men. Wo should be under petticoat government, and I do not approve of pettiest government, A few women are perfectly well fitted for the suffrage, but these are the exceptions • and In tbesi matters wo must look to the rule and not to the exception, Oo'leotlvely, women •re Impulsive and easily swayed, I do not believe that they would b 9 continuously either Liberal or Conservative. They would be a disturbing element In polltloi, mainly aotustod, In giving their votes, by non-polltfoai motives. Having now Inhabited thlsplanet for a considerable number of years, I have known many women. On the whole, I think that they have been better than the men that I hive known : bur, oharmlng. agreeable, tender, and kind as I have found sime women, I never knew one on whose continuous common sense one oould raokoo. Nature has made them mentally flighty. Their opinions are almost always tbe reflex of those of some one else. I have known the wisest and the most staid of them as potter's oUy In ihe hands ot an assertive fool. Lot anyone observe the sort of man whom women regurd as an Intellectual divinity. Generally speaklrg, the god Is one of the poorest oreatures tbat walks the globe on two legs. Argumentt la thrown away on most women. Either they blindly agree, or they obstinately repeat the foregone conclusions tbat seem to be Impressed on their minds. They have I admit, a sort of Inatinot, but if this Instinct Is to be termed reason, I oan only say that the female reason Is quite a different thing from the male reason. There are Alblnoes, In Africa, and there are women wha are equal — indeed, superior to moat men In the reasoning faoulty. But how farl To these petdooated men I have no doubt that lt seems anfalr that they should not vota for M.P.'s and be M.P.'s. But I should no more dream of giving women votes because of these sports of nature than I should of giving them to Infants, beoauae there are Infant prodigies. There Is not the slightest Indication that the mass of women have the loast desire to have votes ; Indeed, I think that they greatly prefer to be without them. This is fortunata, for they are not likely to havo them until the youngest female baby In Great Britain has beoome the most snolent drone—lf then. The female advooates "f women's franchise are In that happy paradise Into whioh their oharmlng sex Is *o fond of wandering. A considerable number of M.P.'s have at times voted for women's franchise, In a sort of complimentary way to woman, never believing th»t lt would be oarried. The boast of Its advooatos that the measure may be oarried, and the parade of the promises of mpporfc that they have rooelved, have led many to peroelve tbe abyss Into whlob their thoughtless olvllty waa leading them Most of thtiin have recanted. Some will vote against any Bill for giving women votes j others who have been loudest In professing their approval will somehow keep away whenever the vote is taken. Rovile mo, ladleit, if you will, but do not fancy lam deceiving you I can assure you tba-. I am lelliug you tho exaot truth, and whenever the qaeatlou comes to be tested, you will find that this is so My life 1 am ready, at a motm nts notloe, t, 0 SBO-ifioo for a whim of any of you, but to hand over my country to your oharmlng hands 1 No. There I draw the line.

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"TRUTH" ON FEMALE SUFFRAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2179, 22 July 1889

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"TRUTH" ON FEMALE SUFFRAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2179, 22 July 1889