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A "GENUINE" BUT" RASH" REFORMER.

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A "GENUINE" BUT" RASH" REFORMER. IN this issue a correspondent takes exception to our description of Dr. Datta as a genuine reformer, but of a rash and sweeping type." He wants to know how any reformer can be genuine and at the same time" rash." Perhaps we ought to have phrased our views more ex- plicitly, but what we meant was this. Dr. Datta is undoubtedly genuine so far as honesty of motive and sinceri- ty of purpose go. But like many enthusiastic reformers he is some- what precipitant, and his programme is, we fear, overcrowded. Reforms, when they do arrive, always come in single file, and travel at a very slow pace. Almost every great reformer —even the most genuine—has been at some period in his life over- whelmed by an optimism begotten of unregulated enthusiasm. Later on he finds that there is a mighty power that shapes the ends of our pet re- forms, rough hew them as we may. It is called Utility. But this power cannot detract in the least from the genuineness of the reformer, rash though he may be. Is it not a fact that the bona fide reformers of this and every age have been at times in their history more or less rash and sweeping ? When we referred to the impracticability of some of Dr. Datta's schemes we did not have in our mind his worthy projects in con- nection with the healing art. We referred specifically to his contention that the Miners' Federation should support young men at the Universi- ties, and thstt co-operative coal mines would be an undoubted suc- cess. That the eminent Doctor has done practical work within the sphere of his own profession we readily admit, but that is no guaran- tee that his remedies for political and economical evils would be effectual. -:0:-

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