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Politics for Women. BY WOMAN VOTER. Seeking respite from the more strenuous activities of political work. I was reading in a book of prophecies that 1919 is to be a terrible year for Europe. I felt hM we women do not realise the tremendous events that are taking place, and the enormous part that we are now to play in the kaleidoscope of the world's politics. Having read of the terrible things that are predicted for this poor continent of ours, I gazed into the dying embers of the fire and there pictured to myself in its blood-red interior the mental visions that have become so familiar during the past four years—pictures that the fire of the world's war have burned indelibly on our brain. I saw in the red glow the blood-red stain of the battlefields of Flanders, and a still redder glow of the revolution in Russia. I closed my eyes to shut out the fearful memory, and tried to think that now that the world is at peace, surely all markind is tired to death of strife and bloodshed, an dwe women can turn from the arduous tasks of the last four years and return to the simple duties of the almost forgotten pre-war days: the tending of children, the care of "our homes. Now in the new-found joy of a world at peace we should surely forget the past. When I suddenly awakened I remembered my book and opened any eyes from the day-dreams of peace to picture again the situation of the moment. There, in the still dying embers of the fire, I saw a picture more awful than the last. My brain conjured up the vision Bol- shevism; surely, there was work for women, real and urgent work to prevent this ghastly menace from becoming reality, and robbing ue of all that our dear men had died for. I must be forgiven for writing in this strain this week, but I realise that not one moment must be lost if civilisation is to be saved from a fate more terrible than any which has threatened our country. It must not be inferred that there is any imminence of the peril-we must not admit any such probability —but when phlegmatic Germany, roused by the reaction of disappointed passions, has adopted street fighting and assassination of their own kind, we must not hold that the victorious countries can escape the poison. We must consider, and consider quickly, what is the antidote, or rather the inoculation against the virus that breeds this dreadful thing. It is here that women can, by the use of their vote and theiripersonal influence, crown the good work they I have already accomplished by rendering such a service to mankind, the memory of which will live for ever. Women's influence can smooth out and allay latent dis- content by many means. The terrible strain of the last four years and the reaction of an artificial prosperity naturally breeds discontent. It is for the women in whatever sphere of life they may be placed to assist. The more fortunate can induce capitalists to be duly tolerant to the workers under the new conditions of industry while thosqJin the humbler sphere should en- deavour to persuade their male kith and kin- without sacriifcing any of their independence or the rights of Labour-to realise that theii interests are identical with those of Capital; and to advocate a sane and reciprocal method of dealing with disputes. By these means we can sterilise the germ of unrest and render a far greater service to the State than by sitting on the benches of the House of Commons. Let it never be said that women took any part in the agitation that breeds the virus of revo- lution, but rather that it was due to their loyal and conciliatory influence that we were able to steer through this dark perilous period to the bright and prosperous times that we hope are ahead. We are within a very short distance of the assembling of Parliament. There must be patience to see what election promises are to be redeemed. A Coalition of Politicians in the House of Commons can only be a success if there be an equal coalition of interests throughout the country. Let the old feud between Capital an Labour disappear; let their interests be national; then will the sign- ing of peace black out for ever that picture of Bolshevism; that is too terrible to contem- plate.

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