The Slave Trade in the Pacific

The Slave Trade in the Pacific

Pall Mall Budget

by: | publication date: May 16, 1883 | Publication: The Age | pages: 7

 When the appointment of the commission was first announced it was assumed as a matter of course that it was to examine into and report upon the labor traffic as a whole, and the announcement occasioned a momentary relief. At last, men said, we shall known the whole truth as to the traffic and also the best means of preventing the evils which hitherto accompanied it. But after a time an uneasy feeling began to prevail. The commissioners, it was said, were not to report on the whole question, but only upon one corner of it. Instead of being instructed to lay before Parliament and the nation a full, exhaustive and authoritative statement of what the labor traffic actually is and what it means, if any, short of absolute prohibition, can be taken to remove its abuses, it has been whispered they are to be confined to the expression of an opinion upon only one branch of the vast and complicated subject.

A reprint from the Pall Mall Budget, this article is concerned with a royal commission created to look into labor traffic in the Western Pacific.

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