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wife and family. Then the whites, as English employers
of labour, cannot ask more, and the family relations will be
maintained, and further, the people will be begin to
understand and to value the possession of property ; and,
as to breaking up the present villages, the planters would
not be able to obtain the men by bribery, or promises of
such, for it would only pay tliem to seek for Imnest
labour — man with man •, and, labour and wages being
efjualized, value for value, the probability is that at first.-
very few would go to any distance from their own villagcy
but if at any time they should migrate in any large
proportions, and probably only to good masters, then it
would simply be the removal of the village site, and to
•he protection and shelter of the plantation and habitations
?>f the whites^ But, while giving the Fijian these privi -
leges, remember his childhood, and guard him |>ersonally
avKl socially,

1. By having the compact under Government supervis-
ion,
.2. By regulating the hours of labour, and thus securing'
to the man, if near enough to his home, a residence
and time with his family,
?), If distant from his native township, to guarantee :f
native liouse and parcel of garden ground sufficient
for his own requirements, and the maintenance and
residence of his wife arki familv on tlie estate.



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■4. To have all the estates under Government supervis-
ion, with authf)ritv to receive complaints from
master or man direct, ami power to adjudge and
deal with the same.
6. If necessary, to grant a holiday periodically, as
Saturday afternoons, or otherwise as required, for
the transaction of private business, family, and
sociaL
8v That the compact be to the advantage of l)oth parties,
that the wages be paid to the labourer every Satur-
day, and that the service be free, notice of cessa-
tion to be given by either side so many days ctr
weeks beforehand, as agreement according to the
nature of the work or the interests of the parties.
»■. That the natives be not answerable to the chiefs,
either as obtaining their consent, or as iu paying
to them the whole or any of their wage.
8. That a native may hire himself out at any time for a
day, or on piecework, and without the consent of
the chiefs.
Thus the native would be free and independent. The
"chieftain bondage broken in this and other ways would
gradually give place to the righteous government of the
English, and under the flag of religious, social, and
political liberty.

A council should be formed-, nominated or electe(3
periodically by the natives themselves, for the framing
and keeping in vogue such laws as, under English juris-
diction, would tend to elevate or benefit their people ; and
these laws, approved by the EngliS'h Government, and



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com})atible witli English institutions ninl charters au I
Fijian rights, sh )ul(l \)?. carried out by tiie Government
in tlie interests of tlu^ natives. Their Sahhatli should he
respected : tlnnr r.'ligious creeds should l)e ujiheld and
dei:"cnded : their religious services and innocent national
customs should he respected : and, as a Jinule and
sunnning up, rigliteous laws should be framed and
administered for the joint benelit and protectorsliip, as
well as for the separate interests, of both white man anil
black. Not needles-5 interference and dogmatic dnmi-
iieering, but th(> caring for the connnnuiry as a whole,
and for each race as a people, and with the object of
guarding and still further advancing each individual
memiier of each race socially, morally, and intellectually :
but above all, to secure and iip/iohl the (iloi ies of
f England's name in social, j.olitical, and religious tibeiti/ !



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Online LibraryThomas Prestwood LucasCries from Fiji and sighings from the South Seas. Crush out the British slave trade. Being a review of the social, political, and religious relations of the Fijians → online text (page 9 of 9)