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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55



Several members of Parliament have declared in favor of the principles we advocate, and one of them, Mr. T. Burgoyne, issued an excellent pamphlet advocating State leasing. But any reference to those who have helped on, and are helping on, the movement in favor of land nationalization in this colony would be incomplete without mention of the name of our friend, Mr. William Webster. About two years ago, at the time Mr. Henry George's famous work "Progress and Poverty" was first attracting attention here, Mr. Webster was connected with the editorial staff of the Register, and in the columns of that paper appeared two series of articles from his pen, one entitled "The Land Movement in Groat Britain," the other "The Land Movement in South Australia," both of which excited considerable public interest, and did much to spread a knowledge of the history of land tenure, and show how the present iniquitous system of private property in land was, mainly by force and fraud, brought about. Many present will remember the eloquent and earnest address that Mr. Webster delivered in this hall in February last year, and the page break formation of this Society, a few months later, may be in great part attributed to the impression then created. Let me now refer briefly to what is being done in other English speaking communities shewing the tendencies of the age, which are, as Mr. George writes, "all our way." First as to