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learn something from the Samoans. Political theorists among us have been speculating about communism, but the Samoans, like other peoples near the same level of culture, have for ages been living it. Among them might be, and perhaps in some measure still may be seen practical common property, where each may freely borrow another's boat or tools or clothes, and live as long as he pleases freely in any house of a clansman. Here is a people who hear with wonder that among the white men the poor can be hungry and houseless. From this sorrow and disgrace the Samoans are free ; but they pay dearly for this good in a social state where work is unprofitable and progress is checked because the earnings of the industrious pass into the common property of workers and idlers.

E. B. T.

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