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Mr W. Seed, ex-Secretary of Customs, being unable to attend the meeting of tho Wellington Justices to consider the above subject, addressed to them the following excellent observations :—" Under existing conditions too many facilities are afforded to cureless and unprincipled parents for getting i their children placed in and maintained at i industrial schools. Not unfrequently ehil- ! drcn are so placed on tho application of parents who profess to be unable to control them, when the chief motive probably is a 1 desire to bo rid of the trouble and expense !of looking after their offspring. I am [ strongly of opinion that the most stringent measuies should be taken to ensure that such persons shall be compelled to pay the whole cost of the maintenance of their children when sent to industrial schools, as well as the cost of transport and other exi penscs ; and if tho parents fail to pay I am inclined to think tho child should be re- ! quired to pay tho debt out of his first earnings after being apprenticed out from the institution. Judged by the light cf experience, the proposal to establish a «ea-going training ship for criminal hoys does not commend itself to me. I had much to do with tho practical work of establishing the Kohimarama Naval Training School, and took a deep interest in its management for a number of years. The school proved most effective as a reformatory, but it was found that there was not scope in New Zealand for apprenticing the boys to the sea. It was aIBO found that shipmasters had a strong prejudice against the boys owing to the criminal tinge they had among them ; they had therefore to be placed out with farmers or with other persons who could be found willing to take them. What seems to be urgently wanted is an industrial Bchool near Wellington, the Bame as the very admirably managed one at Caversham in Otago, to which neglected children could be sent for discipline and maintenance prior to being apprenticed out to earn their own living. This institution should be for orphans and unfortunate children only, and not for young criminals, who should be sent to a reformatory. A rigid separation of the two classes of children cannot be too strongly insisted on. It seems to me that the Terrace Gaol, after its inmates have been transferred to the Mount Cook Central Prison, could not be put to a better use than as a reformatory for juvenile offenders, and I submit for the consideration of the meeting that the Government be at once urged to set the buildings apart for this purpose."

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JUVENILE CRIME., Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889

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JUVENILE CRIME. Evening Star, Issue 7923, 3 June 1889