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Correspondence.

THE MARRIED WOMAN'S PROPERTY BILL. To the Editoe of the ' Nelson Examinee.' Me. Editor — It is impossible to refrain from comment upon Mr. J. C. Richmond's noble efforts to aid women in tho colony, by the introduction of the Married Woman's Property Bill. All women must hope for liis endeavours to bo crowned with succoss, but should he fail now lie will return to tho charge, and strong in his sense of right, our champion must ultimately conquer by his tenacity. Still it is sad to note how every onward step of tho civilizer is clogged by difficulties. A Richmond makes a stride onward, and a Brandon plants himself in his path. It is all in tho regular course of events. When the Roman Catholic Church canonizes a saint, it admits to hearing a " Devil's advocate " — these things must be. But though it may be in tho far future, yet truth and justice will prevail. Truth is hydraheaded, and though ignored, repressed, cut down, and trampled on, still again and again she rears a head and claims a hearing. A woman's right to her own property will probably bo the first concession men will make, her right to her own opinions will follow. Mr. Richmond spoke in favour of his bill well and strongly ; Mr. Travers, too, gave good support, and if the representatives of tho country form an enlightened body of men capable of viewing a subject free from old prejudices, they will well weigh Mr. Richmond's clear and able arguments. Not only the women— whose champion lie is — owe him deep gratitude, hut the country at large. "To discover to the world something of which it was previously ignorant — to prove to it that it had been mistaken on some vital point of temporal or spiritual interest — is as important a service as a human being can render to his fellow-creatures ; and in cortain cases, as in those of the early Christians and of the Reformers, those who think with Dr. Johnson, believe it to have been tho most precious gift which could bo bestowed on mankind." No society can bo termed free, where a large class of beings are deprived of all individual rights, and the first steps towards remedying a-great evil is a boon to all. I am, &c, Femmina. COST OF IMMIGRANTS. To the Editoe of the 'Nelson Examinee.' Sie — I observe a paragraph in your issue of the 23rd instant, headed " Steam to England," in which I am made to say that immigrants can be brought out to Now Zealand by steam, at a leas cost than is now charged from England to New York. It is evident that nothing can be more absurd. What I really said was, that arrangements were in progress whereby, if a certain 6um can be borrowed during the next three years, the Province of Otago would bring out by steam a certain number of immigrants at a less cost to the immigrant than is now being paid between England and New York, and at»a cost not greater to the province than it is ut present paying by sailing vessels. Yours, &c, J. Macandeew. Wellington, July 25, 1870. [The paragraph reforred to by Mr. Macandrew was copied frcn, wo believe, a Wellington paper. — Ed. N.E.']

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Correspondence., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIX, Issue 62, 3 August 1870

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Correspondence. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXIX, Issue 62, 3 August 1870

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