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Chapter NumberXIII
Chapter TitleTHE NEW WOMAN
Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article169751213
Full Date1897-01-24
Page Number8
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Word Count2326
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Newspaper TitleTruth (Sydney)
Trove TitleAn Australian Anarchist
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W^^^A^UXWbthu lived beneathan Australian ««* tb* best put of his life,ie net ; fMESl^itg^r towliah en English winter. Beeta iS^^^^bujr rave about the mistletoe, and the jSgliitSfKffe now, ud iiosr front, and the icicles I^B||pRli#agi*g from the ihatch. bat ordinary ^?gS^jroeaic mortals matt prefer tbe clear bine ?kyf 'Md die sunshine, and tbe dry beat of Anstmliaia Christmas.'

. ou yviuwni oftuusie ukcu iv ijicou me f Mason in tendon, and te go abroad in the, ii ~ Aptama, but grouse-shooting and fox ~ ' busting bad do fascination . for him. i 'Wben bis aristocratic friends packed up to leave IConte Carlo, or ether Gaatinental reeertafer dear old bngland, or perfidious 'p Albion, aa aom« called it,' be departed for I : tbe Senth of Italy, and sojourning there fn a short time, took the next mail boat .. fer Australia. Tbis enabled him to attend the wool tales, and examine his overseers, accounts, and see bow tbe shearing season V bad tamed out, aa well as to prepare plans B?; for the coming year. Though he possessed eeveral stations £'? and had a splendid mansion at Teerak, jf- Melbourne, Sir William's short visit in p: Anstralia waa divided between the home p etead at Bankside, Biverina, and hislevely villa at Darling Point, Sydney. ^ our opening chapter tbe reader was B' informed that no spot in England looked . lovelier than the front ef Bannerdown S; ..- HalL For one who laid no claim to §fe; Artistic er aestb»tic tastes, Sir William was ?Eyv . intonate in choosing his homes. As W['\ snrodly, in tbe. Southern Hemisphere, £ theP» was not as beautiful a residence as li, Lauren turn, Darling Point. Thackeray §& stated tbat there was no lovelier view in }j''' Ibe world than tbat ever Killala Bay. fy_ r Tbe' gnat novelist bad never seen Port S; Jacuon. ' The sqnatter's Sydney home . jutted into the water. Tbe rocks and the |. primeval forest that lined the shore as far, Sr. Almost, as the eye could reach, reminded !' one that tbis lovely house, set off with all jf tbe adjuncts of civilisation, had risen on a apet where, almost yesterday, the naked f aboriginal ran wild. On tbe other hand, i the whistle of the harbor ferry-boats be :- epeke the up-to-date bustle ef a modern Utytr r A few months after the events narrated i,' In the last chapter, Vera Samuels sat in fe.-. the front parlour of her father's Sydney St ? - - tendance. The foreseen was extremely

I let, bat, by no means oppressive, for, even* ^2 February, Sydney ;*re!y know* those 'let winds which scorch the interior, and make her more southern neighbour, Mel bourne, at times a most uncomfortable residence. Miss Samuels was dressed in a meriting wrapper of craam cashmere. She was not done. Her solitary com panion was her cousin, Hrs Parcel). In England Vera thought often of the big ., girt 'Very Donoghae — only a few years 7 elder than herself — who was so kind in | ; childhood's days. I,.. Old Donaghue, an uneducated, but jg.; . shrewd, Irishman, landed in Ball&rat in $[- its palmy days with scarcely a shilling in Ij his pocket One morning his pick led jS^him to geld and prosperity. Unlike many p f.'of hia countrymen, with much the same '' chance, be did not proceed to invest his - . money behind a hotel bar, er in front of . it either. , fie crossed to , 2few South Walea, took up land, and, knfvrjfig some : thing about sheep and cattle, ' as w«l as aericnUure, he eooa secured a competencv.

Hf:. -mB# crony and fellow ppBienger, Jim Bfc. . - Paroell, throve, bnt in a different fashion. Ira:': Purcell made a little money by hard work, K|c.~ and invested his savings in a dingy Sydney mk;', ; pablio-house. It was an unpretentious establishment, for tbe licencing benches Bw'; ~ were aot ever-exacting in. those days, but Hfe . the rough taawies who patronised it were Eg-,' excellent onstomerBi Purcell and his wife ?R ? had a kaack of quelling any rows that ?g crapped up, and aa work was plentiful, ?p. ana wages high in those days, they did Kv ' what is called a roaring trade. In K: addition, the illiterate Irishman waa K| . singularly lucky in turf and mining Hp; speculations. His native ahrewdnws saved HB-; ; him from the pitfaHs whieh' trap clever H|: ' - men.- y After his wife's death, the eld man business, and lived in acomfertaUe ?p;,;- villa at North Shore, Had lie so chosen, might have been t member of the B^. Lagiiletive Council, and. a frequent visitbr' Wmpf ^ AtjGovarnmont Henee, but he preferred .to ^g&v^emnn' a piultt of his church and nothing Hg||^moro. . All the ether honon he intended wrhis .only son. ?glly .yenag Phil Poreell night havegiewa ^ respectable man, had he, like, his H^^atber, been forced to work hard in hia had he been brought, ap u a Hj^S'f^ntlriaaiii But, alas, he was reared in- a BE 4 eporting hotel, and the idol of his parents, . Kg had too much money and tee much leisuro : at m narl# IVA TT« (Jriftml inln B foot

^ cyet vulgaraet, but the effects of his evil [, training were not maifest for a few yean. His patents and others put down - his , irregularities to yenthfal indiscretion, and r » Jioped that . he wonld become steadier as p^--lie grew to manheod. I f It was -arranged by their parents that i % ^h3 Poreell should many Mary Donoghae. jp The yeung,De»ple themselves accepted tbe I arrangemsnP as a matter ef course, and % were united when he was twenty-one and «he three years yeunger. Had the old people lived a -few years „ ledger, the union might have turned out fauiy happy. Bat- unfortunately,, the |)^|iflMnEa^ next Winter played havoc irith MiUniata onil ksfk ' PhpaaII

were^ttkon oS^wltfai^^a few ^irciely was hia father buried when u^arcell 'went the paoe,' as these with ^|a,faa. uiixed said. ; No. dcobt the silly tuig ass 'thought it was ' tbe correct, ng.'. But his father had foreseen his mien, and . taken' precaotions.te make phetaaitial settlemeDt of ali bis property ^iisi daughter-in-law. Young MrPur f;Wrjrt rthns plabad in ' the degradidtg rajn if having te apply to hiis young t#,;fer the funds required to enable hitn |M§';*life '—the life of suburban race and . boxing-bam and sixpenny U^hafKrew up In a: suburban 'school iftmt\oareful eyes ef the good : nan's, j lyytlihghug no donbt;peered intoi:he i

Eciurea . ii?r xatnre lire with airiu^D^v. It is feared that refiisad to allow theirfm aquandered on -hisjcearae ia 'i£ they .were pleasures. Sver ^hort of a scandal in laen^en'd wine are blended. Phil. Paroell woke to find dnnpal oharacter in one ef pn and beangful barmaid, ihd' PHgnacieus heokmaker Ijerts. ? His wife had heard Taainc from good-«atured aasmirgadeed of eepara

^er iM^^srted poor^^Si went frooirtwd to .I****.- Within a. year he . Att wonty jttiiy^rfeoeU waa acbQdless iwfiqpr-i?;-: itk'v \-.- love- sick awaini iand ieilnne-hiuitiiLg adven turers flecked ronud ber «he e£owed no deeire to re^ntet that blesaed atate a« often the starting point ef the. catted road* to the. divorce courts, and resolved to de vote her life to a more serious purpose — the emancipation ef her sex. Ur. Waller^ sen., eaid tbat tollpike-keepersiwere men Who had met with some disappointment in life, and revenged thotuselvea -en hnmanity by levying tolls. So it is-with tha ladies wbose professed mission is the elevation of their downtrodden sisters. The :new woman, too. bas suffered some

disappointment : perhaps bas been jilted, or met with bad treatment from the hands ef that ' brute,1 often known as the * old man or, worse still, experienced nothing except cold neglect from the other sex. Vet Mary Poreell bad no just cause fer lier antipathy. Her late husband loved ber after bit fashion, and would almost have laid dawn his life to serve ber. His conduct towards ber was net tbe most ad mirable, but his faults were the result ef his early training. Vet, on an exceptional case, she founded an indictment against the whole sex. All the other men of her

-'-« W'U ou. -unui» IM studying her comfort and her feeling yet the young widow treated tbem as pariahs, nay wild beasts, l'erbapt she was not to blame. ' Nature and love not having ran their proper course, she was left te nurse her grievance. Despite her avowed hostility, it was no wonder that men hung round her. She was now a really beautiful woman. Though tall, her figure showed ali those graceful curves generally absent in the native-born Australian. Her hair was of that golden hue that her Sydney rivals - vainly tried to imitate with all the re sources of tlie dyer's art. Her clear peach-colored complexion owed eveiything to good health, nothing to the meretricious tricks and artificial aids which play no small part in ihe armour of the modern Venus. Her coal black, flashing eyes be tokened her Celtic origin, though her voice did not bear tbe slightest trace of the brogue as tbe children of Irish parents rift «r*n in Aiib^mIIs. Wi'tkolt it

was as musical ae tbe bells of Shandon. Mrs. Poreell wore a gown of pale lemon color silk, with a white crepe underdress, touched with black, and a piquant dark velvet bat and feathers. ' I really wish you, too, would come this evening,' she exclaimed to Sir William Samuels, who had jnst entered the room, ' I fear, during your long sojourn in Eng land, you must have got out of touch with all forward movements. As Sir Henry Parkes says, ' We have nothing to. learn from England in these things. The Eng lish people are are too slew.' This lecture would do you a world ef good. She is not English : she's a foreigner, French, I believe, though she speaks English toler ably well.' ' And what may the subject of her lecture be ?' inqnired Sir William.' The yonng widow's face flushed, her eyes sparkled, as she quickly cried — 'A noble theme. The inequality of our laws, which make woman a slave, and man her task-master.' 'I am not aware that any such in equality exists, and the positions of master and slave are reversed as far as sex is concerned. Here is this morning's paper, -for instance. I see that a barmaid gets £150 damages against a soft-headed old widower. If tbe latter were jilted by the barmaid, and brought an action against her, be would not onlv be laughed out of court, the world's laugh would- pre- ? vent him from going into cenrt.' On tbe same page there is a report of two divorce cases. In one case' the wife is petitioner, and gains her case. Tbe husband it a scamp, but he has to allow her alimony.

In tbe other case the wife is the offender ; the verdict gees against her, but she pays no alimony. Here in the police conrts, a runaway husband is fined, and made to pay maintenance. Quite right, too. But tbeBe things shew that, while the law is unequal, the'unequality does not fall harshly en yoar sex.' Mrt Purcell replied hotly : ' It it not so much the law as certain absnid social customs, matt; traditions, inherited from the time of onr grand mothers.' . Sir William slowly said : 'Traditions inherited from the time of our grandmothers are not-such bad things after all. Anyway, social custom dees not deal harshly with year sex. I was in a crowded tram-car the other day, a lady entered, eveiy man rose from his seat to make room fer her. In our theatres tbe

men wu weir oaia on: ; we women, witu far mere formidable headgear, do no snob things. The age of ohivaliy is not quite dead, but tbe ' small traces of it that remain are likely to be soon removed if the advanced woman insists on equality.' 'But why shouldn't she have political equality and political rights? ' queried the fmr hearer. 'There is no reason - whatever,1 he answered, ' but I doubt whether the possession of a vote would improve her position. I am certain, however, that it would innianjf ways act detrimentally to her interests. As Macaulay and Disraeli both point out, it is a fallacy that good Government consists only in the possession of political institutions. Some people with poor ones are better governed than as others with the most elaborate constitu tions. Nor is representation merely brought about by the counting ef noses at the jbellot-box. If, instead of giving the franobue to women,- half the men-were deprived. ;ojf the privilege, I dOk't think that the community would suffer very much, parliament is not sitting just now, yet ihe affairs of the country are 90 worse managed. An outrage was committed up country yesterday, yet. a wave of public indignation it worked up by the. press alone. It dees -not require a Langten or a Hampden to bring the -perpetrators to justice. ' Parliamentary representation was the safeguard of a' ruder age. Ih. obr own time, efficacious. ones have arisen.' ' Well,* . laughed Airs TurceH, ' I cannot argue the subject, I with you would come to hear this . lecture to-night ; .it might convert you. Your daughter would Ska to hear it. Could yoa come with us ?' ' How could I refuse, such a request ? I shall only be too happy, though I certainly do net wish for conversion.' replied 8ir William. ? (TO BE CONTIHUBB. i