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THE MARKETS.

Wheat averages m the country jnarkets 34s 6d.

Mails per Manapouri close at Auckland on Thursday, 11th instant, at 3 p.m. Mr Gladstone, m an address which he delivered at the giving of prizes at a ladies' college, dilated upon the advance which has been apparent of late years m the position of women, who are now, he said, relieved of much of the shameful injustices which they were formerly compelled to endure at the hands of their self-styled superiors. "A greater change still is impending," said Gladstone, "but any attempt to alter fundamentally the relations the Almighty himself has established by drawing women out of their own sphere into man's will never succeed." In a recent issue of the "Argus" is an electioneering advertisement which eclipses anythe of the kind ever seen m the colony. It is the publication of some 2600 names of the electors of the Melbourne Province who signed a requisition to Sir B. Benjamin, M.L.C., asking him to allow himself to be renominated as one of their representatives m the Legislative Council. The space occupied is a little over .four and a half columns of the "Argus," the names being printed m double column. It is almost needless to say that the prayer of the largely signed requisition was acceded to. There is (says a contemporary) a statute of Canute, 1017, forbidding Englishmen to sell their children for slaves. We doubt if this statute has ever been repealed, and m the light of nineteenth century labor, it would seem as if its proviso might even now be brought into effect with advantage. The question simply hinges on the definition of the word " slavery," and m our mind the word need not of necessity imply complete mechanical subjection. The employment of children m the place of their parents at adult work is a species of slavery as reprehensible as any form, but we call it by another name. It's like our illegal lotteries : we call them art unions. Even if it is the raffling of a pig, we call it an art union. But to call a pig a work of art is simply an immoral evasion of the truth for an ulterior i object. And so it is with a lot of our modern types of slavery. Fortunately mankind has at last reached the stage of grasping properly this juggling with facts, and has determined to right it. Baby farming as a fine art, the em-, ployment »f miniature men, and the principle of " your necessity is my opportunity," will shortly be relegated to "tales of the past." The twentieth century will astonish the spirits of our forefathers even more than the nineteenth has done.

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THE MARKETS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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THE MARKETS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2513, 9 September 1890

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