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MELBOURNE NOTES.

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT,)

- HIGHWAY BIOBBERY.., . , Another highway robbery took place in a populous.street, in .Fifczroy, between 2 and.3 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. A carpenter had sent his daughter ifco the bank to draw £20 with which, to pay' his workmen's wages.; On her way;home,' along Drummond street, a fellow met heir and snatched a hand basket she was carrying, with which he made off. He had probably known her errand, and watched her place the money in the basket at the bank. A number of people were about and witnessed the theft. The fellow was followed and captured. , This incident, one'out of many -similar' occurrences, shows that the streets of Melbourne are not over secure," even in the t .day-time. They are much worse atnight.j ~ f>; * ! ■ f. ■ ,

INFANTICIDE. ; A meeting has been held by a number of persons with the view to obtain legislation for lessening the punishment for "infanticide by mothers." This sounds rather queer; but, upon my \ word, I thinly there ia reason in thesepeople's in<i<lii'-ss. The case of Bella Fovmisvm has given a shock to the feelings of a jrood many people.: There in.iy l)i» those whoregard her^crime with sucli horror ih.-ii. they may consider she has been easily let off with incarceration for the best part of , her lifetime^ in lieu of hanging. I don't envy the • sentiments of such proper' people for my part. The poor girl was ' 'caught," and she niust be made a scape goat, in vindication of the outraged majesty of law and morality, in place of those other =i," 'li- = ■ vli :■ :'i-l -.-. !:i, ver looks after. I i l>- vi. i'\ ■■. V--1 r\ iii3scoundrelw,lio; seduced; her, bowed down with' shame and shunned r •by ' her. virtuous i sisters, wanting bread and unable to earn it so encumbered^ killed her little.one-I—per-, haps in mercy to it, who.knows? Had she possessed a five pound note she would have been.able to advertise in the columns of a respectable newsp^er. f">v «f*"io <^o to do the job for'her :!!-.i -nil I. •.»■<■ l-.-vl left sufficient'money.-to reward them for doing it. To my mind there .is not the. least difference, morally or legally, between, the -mother who slays her own infant, and that other.mother.who hands, her's over, with £s'to the, first applicant. ' BABY" FARMING. > ■.- If the State really wants to stop the crime of infanticide let^ifc put down baby farming, which is only a roundabout w^ to the same goal. It is absurd < arid' hypocritical to punish one and tolerate, the. other. [Nevertheless, we are doing so. Many people have suggested the need of a Foundling Hospital; ■ but we are shocked at the idea of erecting a monument, of that ;sort, which would stand out as ; a beacon; where vice might, find a>efuge and a^hi^ing.place.. But we must do something clearly, $h ia not th(» incarceration of Bella Ferguson, DOr a hundred sii,cl;, that will cure tile cancer that; Jsj"(iftt4n§ inttf the vitals o f Society. We have yet to find the cure for"that; and to my thinking the road would; be; co^BJrlnrihly eicirpfl b^ unking the occu- !■ >< ■■■*' '■• <'i '"il'.v f-inm-r a nenal offencej/. - %UL W. Cole, of the Booii Arcade,: has. just come to the front with a most praiseworthy ■ scheme for eliciting from the thinking portion "of the people of Australasia their opinions for and against the federation of the whole world.- He holds the view that while the federation of the British Empire, and of all English-speaking people are steps in, the right direction, federation cannot stop at this, but must ultimately inelud©,. all humanity ; an.d4n order to bring together' into on.c. book thebes.t thoughts of the , rn^nda o£ Australasia jor-Vand against his contention, he offers ten prizes of the value ,qi JBIO each, five to be awarded to the best essays upholding the desirability and possibility of the federation of the whole world, and the same number of the essays which shall, in the opinion of the committee of gentlemen (selected from, literary and clerical circles), to whom the import tant duty of deciding upon th.6, >nerits of the various contribution is to!; bfi r .dele, gated, sustain \n the ablest manner *th&, cojitr^u-y, view- The Ist of June ne;xt is fixed' as' the last date upon W/hich essays | must reach Mr Cole/§ office. One hun> dred of the b«st. essays—fifty, on ea#i side— ra^e to be printed, and we^may look forward to some highly interesting reading \on this important question of the federai tion of aU, waixkind. ■It is stipulated that tho, essays are to be written on from qi.^e. to four pages of foolscap, and ;s»t each writer must sign a iwm 6fi tfwmfifa the^ foot of his contributiojo, also on a sealed envelope containing his name and address inside^ Mr Cole is very much in earijost on this question of federation, a|&is shown \by the course he is now taldug.. In a small sheet which he ha^^ss\\ed he states that he realises that money prizes are msignifi-.. cant i'ifl ■:i 1 7ri o^r.nc:fti<»n w\ lh Wuh asul':i... '■ .: l!-> "rf'-.w«-.i ;»• ■. \\.\k ii ■> of go ■: :.' ■'■ <■'■■:' ' ' ! *":'i :'«' •:i-*:i:--i---i i.v ' arresting attention. He is well .aware that some of the best essays will, W" written from a higher motive thsQ ; t<>,.win i a few pounds. ; '" "" ' \ • Melbourne, Aprils,* . 1

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MELBOURNE NOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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MELBOURNE NOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2410, 25 April 1890

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