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ARCHBISHOP MANNING ON EDUCA-' TION. On Clerkenwell Green, on Sunday afternoon, at half- past three o'clock, some 4,000 people were present at a temperance meeting, when Archbishop Manning de- inered an address which mainly referred to the edu- c*t1^ training of Roman Catholic children in workhouses, although the meeting had been called to forward the cause of temperance. His crace who was received with prolonged cheering," said he had got among his papers a writing by the Catholic Bishop of London 125 years ago as to what he would do with poor Catholic children who were gent into the workhouse, and who came out of these workhouse* without any knowledge of the Christian faith. He (Dr. Manning) was not going to find fault with the guardians. Some of them were very good he wished he could say all of them were lu, but, at any rate, he wanted to tell the people how their poor C atholic children got into the work- house. How did it come about ? Some would say, because the father and the mother were dead. That was true of some. Some would say, because some bad father or bad mother had de- serted the children. That was true also and orphans and deserted children formed a very large item in workhouse schools. Now, what were the other causes People would say that poverty and sickness caused it, but of the causes Which brought death, sickness, and disease both to men and women, and bent them to the workhouse m 90 cases out of iOO it was drink. The archbishop told the meeting of the case of two brothers left orphans and sent to workhouse schools. One boy came out through minding his religion, a good, religious man: while the other became a profligate and a drunkard. The former was now one of the best practical Catholics iu London, and had given him (the archbishop), when laying the foundation stone of poor school short time since, a cheque on his bankers. Turning to the question of Catholic children in workhouses the archbishop said he did not wish to say anything whatever against the guardians of unions. They could not do anything but what they did, because the law gave them no power but to send the pauper children to the schools of the Church of England. He did not ?bJeçt to that, buthe said that if the guardians had m them the hearts of men they would do to these Door children what they would wish to be dona ,own children. (Ckeers.) For 125 year* there had been Roman Catholic children brought up in these guardians' schools. It was growing year by year.- He could say so with certainty, because ha spoke from official documents when he stated that never had there been a time when there had been lese than 1,500 Catholic children in the workhousa schools 8f the metropolis. What became of them ? He was glad to say that within the last seven year* many of the guardians had decided to bring up the poorchildren in Catholic schools. All honour to those men. Nevertheless, there were hundreds of thesa children brought up in these schools, and they •ame out of them, without knowing anything about God.. They neither knew whether they were Catholics or Protestants, although they had Irish names, Irish blood in their veins, iwi/vvw^. traditions. There were not less than ^00,000 Irish people—at least by blood and name—in .Loudon who had no knowledge of their religion, who never went into a Catholic church, but who would not put their foot into a Protestant cllurch. His grace concluded an eloquent address by asking the people vho heard him to give up the public-nouse* and attend to themselves and their families. The Rev, Mr. Crecetelli, Mr. G. Brook, and others addreseed the meeting, which olosed with A warm Tote of thanks to the archbishop.

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