16 NOVEMBER 1907, Page 13


" de iure Earl of Llandaff "-we are reminded of a parson who described himself as "de iure B.A." because ho ought to have passed but did not-would have done better for his case if he had used fewer arguments. Mr. Mathew thinks those opponents foolish who maintain that women would be better off without the franchise-it would ultimately put an end to all con- cessions to sex-and does not scruple to say so, not always very courteously. But the point we wish to make is that some of his arguments have a very dangerous look. In "Women's Work and Wages," for instance, we have a plea which, put into a few words, is practically this,-give women votes and they will be paid better for their work. That seems to us bad business. A woman gets as good pay for her books as she earns, and, as a rule, they get what they earn in other things. Anyhow, the attempt to influence economic con- ditions by political considerations is one fraught with danger.