42 THE REVIEW
SLAVERY IN CHINA.
Says an editorial in the Peking "Times": "The position of the
slave girl in a Chinese home is a very hard one as a rule These slaves
are generally the property of the wife, and no one interferes with the
mistress in her treatment of the poor little things, who will as often as
not be subjected to the most savage cruelty for most venial offenses.
A few weeks ago we recall a case of great hardship being brought into
the mixed court, Shanghai, in which a small slave girl had been gagged
with a piece of iron and severely beaten because when half starved, she
helped herself to some scraps of food.
"Our attention has now been called to piercing cries which emanate
from a house near Canton road and are said to proceed from a little
slave girl who for some reason is beaten almost daily with a thick
knotted rope, but for what reason is unknown.
"Our informant thinks a word in public, showing that the incident
has been noticed, may suffice to check the cruelty without lodging a
formal complaint with the municipal police, which might make matters
worse for the: poor little sufferer in the long run."
WORDS THAT LIVE.
What the reactionist really wants is a Negro just fit for the task
of a plantation hand and for little, if anything, more. and with no
ambition for anything beyond. Therefore, quite logically. the reactionist
abhors the educated Negro. In fact the political or social recognition
pf the educated Negro is especially objectionable to him for the simple
reason that it would be an encouragement of higher aspirations among
the colored people generally. The reactionist wishes to keep the colored
people; that is, the great mass of the laboring force in the South, as
ignorant as possible, to the end of keeping it as submissive and obed-
ient as possible. As formerly, the people of the South were the slaves
of slavery, so they are now to be made the victims of their failure to
abolish, slavery altogether.
And now, imagine the moral, intellectual and economic condition