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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

Widows and Spinsters

Widows and Spinsters,

who keep greengrocers' and other shops, and prove themselves to be good citizens, cannot vote, because they are women; but the Chinamen who sell them their vegetables can vote because they are men, although they do not understand our polities or intend to make our country their home. Widows of fortune cannot vote, but their coachmen and gardeners can; milliners in business cannot vote, but the men who carry their advertising boards about the streets can vote. It were hard to say whether the next generation will wonder more at the absurdity than the injustice of this arrangement.