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Sir,—Some people seem astonished at the growth of juvenile crime in New Zealand. I can’t see any cause for surprise. Twenty years ago the Bible was a school book, and 1 Jack in the Bean Stalk ’ a nursery tale. Now this is reversed. The thieving exploits of Jack, with their highly commended happy results, are gravely set forth for imitation by our dominies (vide ‘ Nelson’s New Royal Reader,’ No. 2), while the moral law and the sermon on the mount are relegated to the limbo outside our wisely constructed educational pale. No wonder young burglars try to emulate such a successful rogue as Jack, hiding betimes and stealing forth when all is still to steal the giant’s treasures of George street. I see an Italian city, by 25,000 votes to 2,000, has declared for religious education in its schools; so 1 think we must alter Macaulay's prophecy, and, instead of picturing a New Zealander sketching the ruins of St, Paul’s, contemplate the possibility of a Roman missionary, Bible in hand, sitting on the ruins of the First Church viewing the descendants of lapsed Presbyterians worshipping an enormous bean stalk. —I am, etc., An Unlapsed Presbyterian. Dunedin, May 17.

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JUVENILE CRIME., Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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JUVENILE CRIME. Issue 7909, 17 May 1889

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