squeamish sentimentality

-will he allowed

to stand in the way of so-much-needed a reform. It is infinitely to be deplored that prostitution in this country is unblushingly regarded as an unimpeachable means of liveli-

hood, and that no sense of guilt attaches to a career of avowed profligacy. It is not the less true, however, on this account. Where public feeling is so crass and hardened, we not only fail to see any reason for hesitation in the adoption of the Continental system of registration and inspection, but we even think it wrong on the part of the Government should have delayed to have enforced it ere now. We have



crocodile tears over


for the maudlin



that will

social evil, and allow it for



drop to be

because it is sentimentally called a social thing to be made light of and toyed with-. Such shallow goodness is very different indeed from that which is required in days of worldly depravity and prevailing disease. We believe that Christian charity and beneficence have their widest field, whereas yet they are comparatively little practised. It is surely the very height of irrationalism and of misanthropy to behold a plague-spot on the body social, and to refuse

perpetuated, simply evil ! as if it were


to remove it whilst it is yet in our power. It is much to the credit of one of our profession in Calcutta

signified his willingness, without remuneration, to organize and to superintend a Lock Hospital in Calcutta. We heartily trust that the Government and the Municipality will at once extend their support to such a proposition, and, in every possible manner, facilitate its being carried out effectively. It is but right that we should mention that Dit. Bourne has thus displayed an amount of public spirit which it would be folly on the part of the Municipal Authorities to ignore. When we write thus, however, we have no fear hut that all that is required will be taken up and carried out earnestly. The whole subject, disagreeable and sad as it is, is much less complicated abroad than at home. It is therefore exactly in such places as Calcutta that preventible spread of inoculable disease should be rendered almost an impossibility. We anxiously commend this subject to the attention of our Municipal Commissioners, and we cannot doubt but that they will deal with it in a searching and practical manner. We, at the same time, thank Dr. Bourne for giving us the opportunity of coupling his name and proferred services with a question which implies the eradication of that dreadful malady which destroys the physical and moral well-being of

that he has



feel very


that Dr. Bourne would most

faithfully and conscientiously apply himself to this all-important public duty, and that within a year he would thus effect an incalculable amount of public good.

A LOCK nOSPITAL FOR CALCUTTA. Now that the English Legislature has passed an Anti-contagion Act, -whereby the fearful effects of syphilis will, to a great degree, be counteracted, it is surely time that something were done, in the same direction, here in Calcutta.

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