6 AUGUST 1870, Page 3

The Lords' version of the Married Women's Property Bill has

been accepted by the Commons, and may be considered passed. The new Bill would in a clumsy sort of way protect women's 'earnings, if the poor ever read Bills, and even their property -acquired after marriage, but its principle is fundamentally wrong. It re-sanctions the English practice by which marriage is made an -excuse for confiscation, and a woman who marries is treated as an infant or a lunatic, incompetent to use, bequeath, or hold her own -money. We regret the passing of the Bill, because English Philistinism never can understand a grievance which does not appear in the Law Courts, but we do not believe that the only 4‘ Woman's Right" upon which the sex is united can be Long refused.