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Sir,—Wβ Canterbury folks habiiuailyj I grumble that we do not get our fair share <» I the good things in the gift of the Govern-: I ment. Probably we have good reMi,n, J"*f' I there are compensations; we get a good I deal more than our share o[ came thing?*, ; \ Take for instance the clans knowa popularly by the term Burnham ahildreu. Are joor readers aware that Cantwbury is mode Wβ j dumping-ground for the whole juvenile refuse of the North Island ? How far such ~ iflthercase let facts show. The writer, bas; i for years had opportunity to notice the _ frequent arrivals of these " uadesirtMe - immigrants" to an extent of which Wβ* ■, general public can have no knowlege. Tho**, jin the seven weeks since-Ist April no !«*• " • than seventeen have landed in Part en rovtt- . for Burnham, ' '. Nor ie this the worsfc. Were these oot« caste really confined to the Institution tuj their reformation was accomplished «» .- would be right; but, in fact, tfeey B& scattered broadcast over the country, under the hiring-out system, to epread contaflß* nation among all the youngsters they mix with. I'heie must be room for enqeKl. as to the system pursued. Thus, the write? : has known a boy sent to Burnham father averred in couxt his inability .w control him, said boy having been repeatawf had up for petty thefts of coal and sncelike, evidently of more benefit to the father. than to the boy ; yet in a short time bby is licensed out to his own father ! All* more cases similar could be given. Sat* proceedings can be nothing else than a fatfe> - and an expensive farce at that. Sopinfr. public attention may tw drawn to J* matter, —Yours 3 &0., ' A. G*' ;

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INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL CHILDREN., Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897

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INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL CHILDREN. Press, Volume LIV, Issue 9733, 22 May 1897