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---" IMPERIAL PARLIAMENT,

IAn AMERICAN ADMIRAL and ELEVENI…

AN EXTRAORDINARY WILL CASE.

THE ARTFUL DODGER WITH THE…

DESPERATE ENCOUNTER WITH BURGLARS.

SENTENCED TO DEATH.

BREACH OF PROMISE OF MARRIAGE,

------.--COMMITTAL OF A LECTURER.

- A SCOTCH SCHOOL.

SOVEREIGNS IN ABYSSINIA.

MURDER IN NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE

STATE OF EDUCATION IN BIRMINGHAM.

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STATE OF EDUCATION IN BIRMINGHAM. Mr. George Dawson, in the course of a lecture on national education delivered in Birmingham, said :— What was the state of education in Birnlinryham- the centre of civilisation, the chief town of Democracy the town from which liberty radiated to all the world &c. ? They ought to have seen in the newspapers a report by a gentleman whose honour was above all question, and whose reputation for ability the report admirably maintained. He examined children in manufactories. He did it openly, and with the con- sent of the manufacturers. Of 100 males 42 could read well, 18 moderately, by which he meant badlv 40 not at all. Writing 34 could do it decently, 32 moderately, which meant badly 44 failed, or wrote so wretchedly that they could not be said to write at all. Most of the writing that was done, and most of the education given was beneath contempt. Some of these poor people who were supposed to be able to write did it with a physical agony. They put out their tongues, their eyeballs glased, and they squared a bit, and the result was called writing. 'Spelling: 18 did it decently, 11 moderately, and 71 inde. cently—entirely wrong. Arithmetic 8 out of the ]00 were good at it, 8 moderate, and 84 knew nothing at all about it. And these people were sent out into the world In that state to spend their three score years and ten and this was in the centre of civilisation, chief town of democracy, and so on. In general knowledge> had got some, 19 bad got a little, and 74 had no knowledge at all. (Laughter.) These were the children, that they had now the Factory Act to protect, and who had to go out and slave before they had become men at all. and whose poor undeveloped nature had to be launched into the world to earn their weekly wages. Let them see how the girls fated. Of course, they would say, they would do worse. For even sensible men had not come to their senses yet with reF?r<i the education of women. Barbarism still looked upon woman as a convenient drudge, a useful slave, or an inferior help- mate. Well, 28 of the girls could read well, 24 moderately, and 48 not at all, or so badly as not to be worth calling reading at all- That was 72 girls who could not read a letter froth a lover. For, if they could not read a printed book it would go hard with a letter. IJet them look again at the capacity ot these angels for writing. (Laughter.) 16 of them could write well, 20 moderately, and 64 could not write at all. As to spelling, Ladies' spelling was always pretty feeble. (Laughter.) Ninety-five out of a hundred educated ladies would spell "independent "with a "dant." (Laughter.) Four of the girls could spell well, 5 moderately, and 86 not at all—that was licentiously— (laughter)—they did it according to the sound. In arithmetic there was one girl—he would not mention her name or she would have too many suitors (laughter)—who could sum well, four moderately, and 95 not at all. In general knowledge, again one girl— perhaps the Rame-.had good general knowledge, 10 moderate, and 89 failures, Let them look at that bill. It was a bit! of shame, a bill to make an Englishman blush and hide his head,

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EXTRAORDINARY MARRIAGE CONSPIRACY.

THE BISHOP OF LONDON ON ESTABLISHED.…

---STRANGE SCENE IN A CHURCH.

SHOOTING AT A CHIEF CONSTABLE.

THE PRINCESS OF WALES AND…

The FENIAN PRISONERS in NEWGATE.

THE ATTACK ON CLERKENWELL…

THE PRIME MINISTER AND LORD…

CONVICTION FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.

THE NAILERS ON STRIKE.

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THE MARKETS.