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VII.- Tue WAR AND THE FUTURE :
1. Speech of Lord Palmerston, at Romsey.
of “ The Leeds Mercury.”
VIII.- QUARTERLY RECORD OF THE PROGRESS OP
IRISI QUARTERLY REVIEW.
No. XVII.-MARCH, 1855.
Art. 1.-ADULT EDUCATION.
Horace Mann, of Lincoln's Inn, Esq., Barrister-at-Law,
many means devised to ameliorate the condition of our working classes none, perhaps, contributes more to their moral and social improvement than the opening of Evening Schools.
Had public Evening Schools been in operation twenty years ago, how different would be the state of society at the present day! We should not have the thousands that we at present find unable to read and write: had we taught adults then, they would be more earnest for the education of their children now, and would have prepared for them opportunities of self-improvement that might have saved them from pauperism, and perhaps from crime.
Much, no doubt, has been done for the education of the people since the National System of Education was introduced into this country; and doubtless, succeeding generations will
and appreciate its happy effects; but we are to remember that, notwithstanding the many glorious and successful efforts made to educate the poor, our "laboring multitudes” remain, to a very great extent, in a sad state of iminorality and intellectual deficiency. This can be accounted for in a great measure by the poverty or selfishness of parents who, seeing a demand for juvenile labor, accept, through necessity or a desire of gain, even the low remuneration for it; and remove the child from school, to which, perhaps, he never returns : thus sacrificing, at the altar of slavish toil, a child gifted VOL. V.-NO. XVII.