This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The Manner in which Coloured British Subjects are Treated within the Empire (b) THEIR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN the year that the East India Company was dissolved --1858--the Imperial Government, assuming direct control over Indian affairs, issued a proclamation from the Queen in Council which contained the following pledge: "And it is our further will that as far as may be our subjects, of whatever race or creed, be freely and impartially admitted to offices in our service, the duties of which they may be qualified by their education, ability, and integrity duly to discharge." The first of these two minutes refers to a time when the senior member of the Imperial firm shall retire from the active control of certain branches of the firm, and shall be succeeded by certain junior members of the firm. And the second minute, anticipating this change, directs that in the interval provision should be made for the filling of important offices of these branches by those junior members, so that they may be qualified for ultimately assuming the direction of those branches. In other words, these minutes direct that the coloured communities of the British Empire should proceed politically upon the same lines of development as the white communities. That first they should be governed directly by the Home Government; that during this interval their members should be eligible to fill high offices connected with their respective governments, and that, finally, the Home Government withdrawing, they should severally become self-governing states. Now from this sketch, in which the coloured communities of the British Empire appear as partners, rather than as mendicants, as those that have a stake in the Empire, rather than as those that have in it no claim, but t...
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