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White Slavery.

At a recent meeting of the Protective Association of Warehouse, Store, and Shop Assistants, the following tale (a London paper 6ays) was told by a speaker, for the accuracy of which lie vouched:—" I was in the employ, some years ago, of a man who was a regular slave driver. There was a young lady there who was worn out—really worn out with work, I have seen her drop down behind the counter, and have carried her out myself twice in one day. Well, one day I saw her looking very white, and I said to her : * Sit down ; you'll drop,' and I brought her a stool, and she sat down. And just then the employer came up and saw her sitting down; and hesaid:' Wecan'thave these lazy ways here,' and he kicked away the stool from under her, and she fell on the floor. I saw it myself, and she managed to keep up until the end of the week. She had a widowed mother depending on her ; they had nothing but what she earned. And on the Monday morning she was ill, and her mother went up and told her it was time to go to the shop, and she said ' Shop ! Oh, mother, I can't go. I can't do it,' and her mother said ' Well, you know what it means if you don't; you'll be turned off, and wo shall have nothing.' But she saw how ill she looked, and she said: ' There, lie down a bit again, and I'll come up by-and-bye ; never mind if you are late.' And she went up half an hour after and found her lying dead. And that man goes on and has a large business, and he goes to church on Sundays and hears read out •Thou shalfc do no murder.' But if ever there was a murder in the sight of Heaven, that man is a murderer." Sir Henry Parkes has promised that if, after examination, he finds the " Army " rescue work bona fide, he will favorably conaider the application for a grant in aid.

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White Slavery., Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement

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White Slavery. Issue 7988, 17 August 1889, Supplement

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