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tion that this contract is to be just as binding as tbe contracts used to be under indenture. Tbe report baa tbe following humorous passage in it : He will be, in no way, restricted to service under any particular employer except tbat for bia own protection, a selected employer will be chosen for him for tbe first six months." Tbis bas a flavour of tbe old indentured system O^e of tbe evils complained of about tbat system was tbat tbe labourer was assigned to an employer. He was not free to cboose one himself. Under tbe new system, tbe employer is to be selected for tbe protection of the la- bourer. I& is hardly necessary for me to point out that tbe would-be labourer will never be able to feel the pro- tection devised for him The labourer is further "to be encouraged to work for bis first three years in agricultural industries, by tbe offer, should he do so, of numerous and important baneihs subsequently as a colonist." This is another inducement to indenture, and I know enough of fcuch schemes to be able to assure both the Government and public that these so-called inducements in tbe hands of clever manipulators become nothing short of methods of compulsion in respect of innocent and ignorant Indian labourers. It: is due to tbe framers of tbe scheme that I should draw attention to tbe fact that they have avoided ali criminal penalties for breach of contract. Iu India itself if the scheme is adopted, we are promised a revival of tbe much-dreaded depots and emigration agents, all no doubt, on a more respectable basis but still of tbe same type and capable of untold mischief.

Taa rest: of the report) is not likely to interest the public, but those who wish to study i& will, 1 doubt nob, come to tbe conclusion to wbiob I have been driven, ibat tbe framers have done their best to strip tbe old

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