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DEPARTURE OF TEE GREAT EASTERN.

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MARSHAL BENEDEK'S ARMY.

FEMALE, HOUSEBOLDERS AND TEE…

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FEMALE, HOUSEBOLDERS AND TEE SUFFRAGE. (From the Law Times.) Mr J. S. Mill has presented a petition from 1,500 ladies of Westminster praying for the admission of female householders to the suffrage, and he has given notice of a motionforthe introduction into the Reform Bill of a provision to that effeeb. The announcement has provoked a repetition of the storm of sorry jests by which shallow pates purchase an easy reputation for wib, and the philosopher will probably be put down by shouts of laughter in the House of Commons evoked by Bernal Osborne and other professional wags. It is easy to anticipate their line of argument. They will misrepresent the nature of the claim, and treat it as if it were a request that all women, wives and daughters included, may be endowed with a vote. So taken, they will win an ea&y victory in; argument as well as by jest. But that is not the proposition, nor any- thirig liho it, and Mr. Mill and they who support him jnust take good care that the debate shall not be di- verted from its proper subject, so as to afford' the desired food' for sooff and jest; Liet it be_ clearly understood that there, ia neither dessga nor desire, te assert what is oalled woman's rights," nor to in- terfere, in any mannor with the proper and established status duties, and responsibilities ef women. It is not intended to convert- our wives ani daughters into politicians, nor, to diiturb the peace of households by hoisting buff and blue on opposite sides of the same table. The claim is merely that single women who are independent householders, and have the same qualifi- cation as other electors, should be permitted to vote as such in the election ef members of Parliament. And wherefore should they not ? The burden of proof is on those who would exclude them. Having all the iugredi. ents that qualify an elector, they have a right to call upon the objectors to show caase why they should be deprived of the privilege. The only ground of objection can be that of sex. She occupies a hoixseof X7 value; she pays rates and taxes; she is, subject to all the liabilities of independent householders, except that of serving on a jury. Wherefore, having to bear its burdens, should she be deprived of its privileges P It is for the objector to make good his objection. We know precisely what the answer will be. It will repeat the arguments, some shallow but. many sound, against the enfranchisement of women generally, and then it will be triumphantly assumed that these are conclusive'answers to the claim of this class of Women in particular. And there will lurk the fallacy which those who hold a diff-arent opinion must detect and ex- pose. Those arguments are good as against wives and daughters, but they are altogether inapplicable to single women who are independent householders. Having given to the question much thought, with the help of much experience, we are unable to suggest a single sound objection to the claim of female house- holders to vote. But there are many good reasons why they should do so, apart from that foremost one that they have all the qualifications which the law requires to constitute an elector. They pay the same rates and taxes as other electors; they are not merely eligible to serve the offioe of overseer, but may be com- pelled to serve it, and in many parishes do really serve it. Bat, more than all, the law has actually enfranchised them for parochial voting. They are at this moment lawful members of vestries; they may, and do in fact, vote at all parish meetings, upon the avowed principle that, paying rate3 as individuals, it is but just that they should have a voice in the expen- diture of the rates they pay. Being, then, admitted by the law and the constitution to vote in parish elec. tions and on parish questions, as being independent householders, in the choice of guardians who are to expend the rates they pay, what substantial and rational objection can be raised to their admission to vote also for the election of those who are to expend the taxes they pay. If justice has been deemed to re- quire their enfranchisement for rating purposes, surely there is no less just a claim to their enfranchisement for taxing purposes. We heartily wish success to the endeavour of Mr. Mill.

SINGULAR GBARGE OF HORSE-STEALING.

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AN ECCENTRIC NOBLEMAN.

THE CASE OF MADAME VALENTIN.

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