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The “ pocket-money evil ” was touched on by the head master of tho Auckland Boys’ Grammar School, and also by the lady principal of the Girls’ Grammar School, at the prize-giving last week. “Boys have far too much money given them to spend,” declared. Mr Tibbs. ‘‘They arc not brought up in the habit of thrift, but in a prodigal wastefulness which is the worst possible training for manhood. It. may, perhaps, be thought ungracious in mo to draw attention to this in a year when the boys have, out of their own pockets, subscribed, many of them very liberally, to our patriotic and charitable funds. But many parts of our public and domestic policy are under review in this great crisis, and so it scama to me an appropriate time Ip draw attention to growing extravagance in tho young which will in the long run seriously affect the national character. Boys arctlniiy given tram fares over distances which they could walk both ways with great benefit, to (heir health. To save the trouble of cutting a nourishing lunch at homo they arc given money to buy lunch, and it is spent day by day OB unwholesome sweetmeats that damage both their constitution and their work. Many of the boys are plainly pampered with self-indulgence by day and unhealthy excitement by night. They should be encouraged at homo to endure hardness, to some extent if our men are io retain the grit which has stood tho Empire in good stead in tho years that, are past, and is to-day saving it in Flanders and in tho North Sea.” “ Girls are given far too ranch pocketmoney.” asserted tho lady principal at the Girls’ School. “It is too great a responsibility to them, and brings about many misfortunes. It. teaches them to bo extravagant. careless, and idle. A great deal ct money is lost, and tho owner rarely knows when, where, or how sho has lost it. So I would earnestly ask parents to cut down their daughters’ allowances. Give them what is necessary arid what will tram them to be good managers, but give them no more than that.”

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PAMPERED SCHOLARS, Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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PAMPERED SCHOLARS Issue 15682, 22 December 1914

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