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THE TREATMENT OF PAUPER CHILDREN.,

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THE TREATMENT OF PAUPER CHILDREN. The Poor-law Board has recently given its sanction to two new experiments as to the treatment of pauper children which we (l'h Lancet) conceive &s likely to supersede eventually th present cumbrous, expensive, and nou altogether satisfactory machinery of pauper and district schools. It has given permission and en- couragement to the guardians of the Evelham Union to hoard out their orphans in the cottages of the better j class of labourers at 3s. per week, and with certain allowances for clothes and educaiion. The Poor-law Board is right in insisting n-pon a thorough system of efficient suuervision; and we believe this will be best obtained by inviting the unpaid j interest of educated ladies, who are in fact the only J persons qualified for this difficult, though necessary, work. ) he children should also be regularly visited by the relieving officer, and placed under the care of the district medical officers. With such safeguards, we believe the plan will prove as successful here as it has been already in Scotland and Ireland. The Poor-law Board has also sanctioned payment to i be made from the rates for the emigration of six pauper < female orphans from the Wolverhampton workhouse. We congratulate Miss Rye. whose efforts in behalf of emigration are so well known, upon this official recognition of her labours. The emigration of young females is most legitimate, and will, we predict, s be most important and successful in future times. The children will obtain in Canada what no State < schools can by any possibility supply—a real foster parent. This relationship is only possible between mdi- vidualll; and the kindly Canadian farmer, with his ( simple habits and industrious wife, will giva a welcome j to these poor orphans which will outweigh the advan- i tages of the most expensive education in a district i schooL The future of these young orphans will be the future of the women of Canada. On these accounts we heartily commend the scheme to the consideration of other guardians of the poor.

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