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POLITICS FOR WOMEN. BY WOMAN VOTER. I Fourteen women candidates have been nominated and two hundred and fifty-six soldiers. It is clearly an historic election, not only is it the first in which women have had a vote and been allowed to stand as candidate, but it is undoubtedly a revolu- tion in our political system to find fourteen women and two hundred and fifty-six soldiers in place of the uaual monopoly of lawyers. Of course, if the women of Eng- land have claimed the vote to which they are entitled, there should be a sweeping majority for the soldier and National Party candidates; but from the information I have collected I am afraid that only a small proportion of the women entitled to vote are on the register. This is not only a pity, but it ie wrong, for I firmly believe that it is the women's vote that iS going to be a decisive factor in returning the right men to Parliament. The only fear is that this being the first election in which women have had a real practical interest, it is just possible that through ignorance of the methods of political job grabbers they may record their vote in the wrong direction. As this is the last article on this subject which can appear before polling day, I want to impress on every woman who has claimed her vote this all important fact, that the whole war will have been fought in vain if Germany be allowed to escape justice. I speak in all sincerity when I say that I believe it is the intention of some of our politicians to allow her to do so. We women have given our sons, husbands, brothers, and our money in a war that was not of our making, a war that was an in- justice to civilisation, and it is absolutely imperative that the criminal be made to pay. I have no hesitation in saying that I fear there are influences, backed by inter- national finance, working among our poli- tical leaders to hamper them doing justice to Great Britain. The people of this country, both men and women, want and must have better housing, improved health conditions, cheap electric lighting and heating systems, and many other things, all of which come under the scheme of reconstruction, but in no case must we lose sight of the fact that none of t hese things can be secured satisfactorily unless they are founded on a real pea?e and ?a'just pe%ce, which leaves us with the wherewithal to warrant legislation for the improvement in our lot. We have been self-denying for several years, in fact we have shown that any sacrifices would be made to win the war; there should be re- compense in better conditions of living, at all events, for the drab times from 1914 to 1918;. Therefore, it is the first and most important of all issues of this election, whether the candidate for whom you give your yote will demand that the Government make Germany pay every penny it has cost the Allies in defeating her. I can tell you that every National Party candidate has pledged himself to do this, and many candidates of the Coalition and other organisations as well, but on this, the last chance that I shall have of communi- cating with the many thousands of women who read these notes, my last word is, be certain to vote, but also beafertain to vote only for the man who pledges himself in writing to make Germany pay to the utter- most farthing for the misery she has caused to humanity. Believe me, I am not imagining things when Iftell you that there is a definite effort being made, and backed no doubt by Germany's friends, to make the people of this country bear a financial burden that will create poverty and discontent through- out the present generation;and be handed down to our children and children's chil- dren. For this reason we should be thank- ful that we women have it in our power to atop what I hope is Germany's last effort to put the burden, on us they failed to' crush put the bwrdeli on u s us, they shall not weigh us down in per- oetuity.' GERMANY MUST PAY 1. I


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