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THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON TRADE…

------A CANDIDATE'S ADVENTURES.

LONDON STEAMER IN DANGER.

p *".............—— EX-OFFICER…

A PRISON EXPERIMENT.

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A PRISON EXPERIMENT. An interesting experiment is being made at Dart- moor Prison to raise young convicts to the level of Lr.v a b i d i n g manhood. A Times correspondent, who describes the experi- ment, says in Dartmoor Prison at the present time tu -re arM as many as forty-six boy conv icts under the age of twenty-one. They would not be there, o: course, if they had not committed serious crillws; but they are mere boys all the same. Two are murderers. Some of them may prove to he "mis- iias an eminent mind-specialist calls them, and incapable of living permanently straight lives if left to themselves. The majority, however, are capable of being educated in the paths of virtue. Thirty-two of the youngest convicts have been picked out, after careful consideration of their j--cords and apparent dispositions, as the most likely to benefit by the scheme, and have been formed into a class by themselves. After morning prayers, while the other convicts are parading for la hour, they have a quarter of an hour's brisk in their own yard. Then they march off to on" of the old French war prisons, where part of the ground-floor has been fitted up as a carpenter's s:t .p. It is an important part of the scheme that every lad should be turned out with a thorough knowledge of some trade at which lie can earn a living, and it has been found in practice that the only of which a young convict is pretty sire not to grow tired is carpentering. After leaving the workshop for the day they go to lessons with the schoolmaster. The school desks and blackboards (all made by themselves) are briiight out into the middle of the hall, out of which their cells open. The lessons vary with the clays of the week. The library books set apart for them are, of course, carefully selected. As might be expected, tl" most popular stories are of adventure and travel, such as you would find in the library of any boys' school. Many of the lads also study practical handbooks on carpentry and building, and. with the aid of cardboard scales and rulers, make draw- ings of machinery and buildings on their slates. During the summer the lads keep the flower- garden in order, mowing the lawns and weeding an I watering the flower-beds. These outdoor o<: pat ions prevent the youngsters from getting '•>"ale"at their indoor work: and the spirit of J- althy emulation is fostered by giving each lad a llov.er-bed to do his level best with. So far, the experiment has been justified by its results. Years 1111Lt elapse before it will be possible to claim complete success—to point out this and that honest, man who had the foundation ot ris honesty laid in the special at Dartmoor.

BUTTONS ON THE BACK OF A COAT.

. QUAINT HOUSEHOLD REGULATIONS.

0I TYPOGRAPHICAL ABSURDITIES.

. NAMKS OF THE MONTHS.

. THS CAT AND THE RATS.

. THE PROCESS OF DIGESTION.…

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