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The Laborers In Dominica

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The Dominica, in tnkmg a retrospect view f thetjondition of the Colony, observes; 'Lookinjr thpniipon Ihe fielcls, we helir:ve jat none ifi!)cni have heen thrown out of ciilljvation, anrf whpre eome have Cerfftinly ■ rtuced in ihc êxtent of thc-ir culture, others hayo ber, aucierjícd, fo Ihaí the total! nrnouni of thfl utaplo comrnodities we think w I nut muterially aflècted by the prodigious rewolntion that in 183o tonk place, n the vhape of vohintary for coerced labor. Tlie practice of tlie Inborets residing oíí t h? plintntions, which were (he scène of' thcir forraer bondage, although repairing tu them daily to w.ork tor wagps, is extensiVely gamirig gfouHd, and that, (if our informaticn be correct,) withoul atiy cïisappro'jation benig feit by the landed proprieiors. In óne pariah, an oíd coffee vstate lins beon ncariy ;11 pnrchased by steady laborers, in parcela of ten acres each, at an average rnl e of about twelve dollars pr ocre - wliich tliey manage to keep in excellent conJüion with provisiona and canes - besides wbrking regularly iipon lnrge contiuous eststes. The case of the Mutatie Nefrrorjs,wbo purchnsed last year froni thé Crown Lmul.s Cornmissioners 176 acres for L300 odd sterling, in lots two acres each, besides paying 500 dollars for the requiste title deeds, is notorioiiH. Sonie proprielors who have spare lands in the vicinuy of thcir plantations. we are told actually hire them by the acre to their people, ptiying in so many days labor. ít is true that people would have preferred giving money rent, and we must confess it would be & fi ter mode; but no owner of lands, es we often teil the negroes, may do what he will witíi his own. Along the coast, the number ofhuts is snrprising- the inma;es punctually fifoino; to work on tlie neighborinsr heights every day, or almost everv day. We beüuve a very good understanding prevails betweer masterandservnnt. The principal difficultj is, tbe high price of labor, whirh leaves bO ht tle comparatively to ihe capitalist, after hehas his deductions; to which difficulty we mp.y add another, vizi the spirit of hoarding still is prevalent among our peasantry, which baffles, at least lo a great extent, the nntiring efforts of the merchants and shopkeepers. hawkers and pedlars, to get the large sums weekly sent out of town, back again to circuíate in the capital. The remedy for this iinc olher evilp, ;s not vet brought into operation, viz: general editcalion Gqnerally speaking, the people can't read, the children are badly brought up, and, ahove all, on Sunda}'s very few, either of young or old, master or servant, go to churcii and chapel. Where there are Bchonls, and the little ones are kept in order, and Sunday worship practised, the snperiority is amazing. The impression on onr mind is, that. on the whole, the wealth, edueation, and moráis of the comtmmity, taken altogether, have not materially improved during ihe last y-ar, whilst at this time 12 inonlhs aso, nll the materials for the improvement stood starin? us in the face!


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