IN THE DESSA.
under the communal regime as under the system of heriditary individual ownership, anyone who has the will to work is sure of being able to earn a sufficiency for himself and his family. There need be no unemployed : there are no paupers in our sense of the word. It should be added, that the right of usufruct under the system of communal possession, can be converted into that of a hereditary individual ownership.a But the in-
Woman picking cotton, and man plaiting a sieve.
herited communistic sentiment is so strongly developed in the people of the dessa, that they but rarely, if ever, avail themselves of the facilities, which the law offers them in this respect; they prefer that the community should own the soil.
As might be expected, the principle of solidarity, which pervades these laws and customs, manifests itself even more strongly in the domestic life of the dessa-folk.