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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70



Gentlemen, it requires not the eye of a seer to discern that in a future not remote the principles which have condemned nine-tenths of humanity to a life of want end misery, while the fruits and blessings of our God-like civilization have been confined exclusively to a few, will be banished from cur economics and politics as tragic heresies of a dark and dismal age. Millionaires and paupers will alike be unknown species. Substantial comfort will be recognised to be the right of every industrious and law-abiding citizen. No land tyrant will have the power to exact from any man a price or penalty for the right to live. Let the democracy of New Zealand, conscious of the justice of its cause and heedless of the frowns and jeers and execrations of its adversaries, pursue its course firmly and unfalteringly, and hasten on the advent of that new era the dawn of which is now breaking the wide world over. In the words of the Laureate—

Forward, forward let us range,
Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change,

(Loud cheers.)