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Houses have been built, land has been cultivated, a school commenced, and the value of a simple life abundantly demonstrated. The village is situated at about two hours distance from Durban, on the hill-sides of a rich grassy country, with trees at intervals, and well-cultivated gardens showing brightly between. Mr. Gandhi’s home is here, and in brief intervals of harassing toil in Johannesburg, he finds complete rest in returning to the settlement and working as others work.

The settlers of Phœnix are divided into two classes—the “schemers” and the paid workers. The “schemers” are those who have a personal interest in the scheme. They are gratend an acre of ground with a building, for which it is understood they are allowed to pay when they are able. Besides this, they draw £3 per month from "Indian Opinion," with a right to divde the profits, if any. The others are simply paid for what they do.

So far, these dreams are realised, but they have absolutely impoverished the dreamer. What "Indian Opinion" has not required, Phœnix has. To meet these demands, however, is part of his conception of duty, and in such self-sacrifice, bringing poverty with it, he is true to his ideal.