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BODLEIAN LIBRARY

17.J1JM.91 OXFORD UNIVERSITY

WOODFALL AND KINDER, PRINTERS,

MILFORD LANE, STRAND, LONDON, W.Q,

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PREFACE.

CO long as there shall exist, by reason oflaw and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.

IIAVTEVILLE HOUSE.

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