OFFICIAL VISITORS TO PRISONS.
The following letter has been addressed to the Premier : — Christchurch, Nov. 215, 1897, — The I Honorable the Premier of New Zealand. — Sir, — We, the undersigned officers of the various societies of women in Christchurch, beg to draw the attention of the Government to the fact that we are not asking for women to te appointed as Justices of the Peace. We ask that the women official visitors to our gaols may be endowed with the powers of justices of the peace in their capacity as official visitors to prisons. We are, _c, Ada Wells, President Canterbury Women's Institute ; Frances Fletcher, Hon Sec. Canterbury Women's Institute ; M. M. Robison, President Women's Political Association, Christchurch; M. Bone, Hon Sec Women's Political Association, Christchurch ; K. W. Sheppard, President Women's Christian Temperance Union; F. Cole, Hon Sec. Women's Christian Temperance Union. Resolved — " That this Association of men aud women heartily supports the prayer of the memorial."— H. G. Ell, President Progressive Liberal Association; D. Lumsdeu, Acting Secretary.
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