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The ladies had quite a field night m Parliament on Tuesday, the entire evening sitting being taken up with the debate on Sir John Hall's motion to confer the franchise upon the members of the gentler half of humanity. The member for Selwyn, with knightly courtesy, championed the cause of the sex with a gallantry that would have done credit to the days of romance and chivalry," when m joust and tournament mail-clad warriors entered the lists to do battle for the guerdon of the smiles of noble dames and fair damosels. Sooth to say, too, he made out a strong argumentative case, which,, though assaulted at all points, very well withstoo4 attack. There were, of/ cou.r§e, menders ungaljant enough to declare that woman may not be trusted to exercise a vote because her brain averages five ounces less m weight than the brain of a man, but they were answered at : once by the reply that quality is of more importance than quantity m the matter of brains, as m regard to other things; that as to intellectual capacity, while there is differentiation as between men ancl jyornp}), t>hpr.€< i§ nqt ift relation to the latter hnj inferiority; and, further, that heart and conscience count for more than brain, and that m these respects woman has the best of it. Among tne ppponpnts $hos,e Qcpupied, thp s^i'Oiigest/iudepd fchfj only tenable position, wliQ urged that so sweeping a change should not be made m advance of public opinion, and who contended, as we think truly, that the ladies themselves do not as yet desire to have the franchise, the few exceptions to the contrary only proving the rule. It was, however, pretty generally admitted that a vote should, m fairness, be given to spinsters and widows possessed of the requisite property qualifications, and tywl, we fancy, Avill be the extent of the alteration of the existing law, notwithstanding the fact that the; motion for the enfranchisement of] the entire sex was carried by, the large majority ot 24,

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WOMAN SUFFRAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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WOMAN SUFFRAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890