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tion that this contract is to be just as binding as the contracts used to be under indenture. Tbe report baa the 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 the first six months." Tbis bas a flavour of the old indentured system O^e of the evils complained of about tbat system was tbat the labourer was assigned to an employer. He was not free to cboose one himself. Under the new system, the employer is to be selected for the 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 the 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 the hands of clever manipulators become nothing short of methods of compulsion in respect of innocent and ignorant Indian labourers. It: is due to the framers of the scheme that I should draw attention to the 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 the much-dreaded depots and emigration agents, all no doubt, on a more respectable basis but still of the 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 the conclusion to wbiob I have been driven, ibat the framers have done their best to strip the old

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