il FREE EDUCATION. ; I The proposal to raise funds for the ". J support and upkpep of the schools in : ; the Auckland diocese of the Catholic i I denomination, outlined by Bishop Leni- ! han prior to hi? departure for Europe i last year, is assuming concrete form. ' I The proceed? from thp St. Patrick's : I Day demonstration,, which are to be. de- • ! voted to th» schools fund, amounted to > : £236. Jn addition to this sum, a dona- ■ tion has also been made to fhe fund by 1 Bishop Lenihan. and the various parishes • j throughout the diocese are expected to . j contribute pro rata. 1..'". i A provisional committee consisting of ■ the P>ev. Frs. Ma honey (Orifbungal, Edg? ■ (Ponsonby) and Holbrook (city), and i Messrs J. -T. O'Brien. P. .J. Xerheny. and ■I M. J. Sheahan. with either Bishop Leni--1 I han or the Rt. Rev. Bean Gillan to acta« i i chairman, ha? been set \i>> to- take pre - J liminary step?- in the matipr. The com ■ ! mittee will draw up suggestions as tc t i how the scberae might be jriv'en effect to i ' and these recommendations will be re - ] ferred to the parishes throughout thfl dio- ; cps-p. The idea is to free all the school: 5 ■ from debt and to provide for their up r \ keep, and in this connection special at ] \ tention will be given to scl.ools in coun f? j try districts. T.itimately. when fund; ? ! will warrant it. the scholars aftendinj c j the schools will be taught free o1 1 ; charge. Under the present renditions tbi - I cost "of education at the Cstholic schools cI is borne by the parents. A system sirni - la,r to that being introduced here is il n Topue at Ballarar and Bendigo, and thii r! is said to be its first introduction irtt< t J Xew Zealand.
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