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INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BOYS AND THEIR TREATMENT.

To iheEwtob op "Xhh Etenino Mail." Fin,— ln regard io Mr Lightband's letter about the runaway ladß from St. Mary's Industrial School and their treatment at that institution a few wo.da of explanation will suffice. Anyone who has had any experience of college life is not unfamiliar with the many pretexts put forward by yonng students in order to free themselves from the restriotions and restraints imposed by the regulations of their new homes. Foremost among these pretexts is one which appeals powerfully to the tender feelings of " Ma," viz., " I don't get enough to eat at college." and " Ma," unfortunately for herself and for her young hopeful, gives credence to the complaint of the youth, sympathises with him, and invariably either removes him to a colK'ga where there is Dlenty to eat, or else takes him home. If such be the casa in almost every college, whether in the Mother Country or in the Colonies, what may we not expect from the waifs and larrikins who people our industrial sohoois and orphanages? These boys, resoued from the "Pushes" who terrorise every town and suburb, have been as free as the winds until their evil '" doings brought them under the strong hand of the law, and they were deemed unfit to be at Urge. Wh. then is surprised when suoh scapegraoes, tired of the discipline of the Industrial School, Bhould make their escape when an opportunity to do so presents itself? Naturally the boy must justify hie running away when interrogated' by those to whom he may address himself for something to eat, and as a matter of oourse will find the wanti of his stomaoh a bait which rarely fails to catch. For some time past a number of the Bloke Urpahnage lads, most of them the pink of the " Push," have escaped from the institusion, and in nine oases out of tea the boys have alleged as a reason for their flight the old exouse, " I have not enough to eat," although the boys' appearanoe proves the contrary. Had the boy Baid he disliked hiß school-books and detested *very sort of restraint on his whims and oapnoes, he would have given the true reason for his conduot. Not enough to eat! Where will you find a healthier set of boys than the 180 at present in the Stoke Orphanage? Where will you find a hap. pier lot than the same 180? Will the Nelson publio believe that notwithstanding the alleged starvation, one, and one only casa of sickness has occurred within the last two years ?— Not a cough, nor an ailment amongst them even daring the prevailing cold weather, Is there a family in Nelson that oan boast auoh'a record ot immunity from siokness ? Would suoh be the case were the assertion of the runaways true ? The parents and friends of the boys have free oooess to them, and, strange to say, not once has any parent oomplained to the Orphanage authorities regarding the quantity or quality of the food served np to their children ; on the 'contrary; they have expressed themselves satisfied that the children were batter treated than when in their own homes. The Orphanage Brass Band has appeared frequently before the publio, and tue boys were closely scanned by everyone, owing, no doubt, to the r. ports of the runaways Now, I would ask, is there any school, oollege, or institution that can bring forward finer or healthier boys than those same 40 young bandsmen ? Now for food and ruiment. The band boys receive not a sorap more than the non-musical inmates of the institution, all are treated alike. In oonolusion, the public are Invited to make the fullest investigation into the oonduct of the Institution at any time, for the more publioity given to its affairs the less is rumour likely to let her thousand tongues wag. 6 Permit me to remain sir, Yours truly, Dt -Mr , x i .. , Bb ° t H£B LoETDSw St. Mary's Industrial Sohool Stoke, July Bth, 1896. To the Editor of "The Evening Maii,." Sra,— ln your foot-note to Mr Lightband's letter of 17th inst , re Orphanage boya, yon say the boys do not reoeive corporal punishment. Ars you not mistaken V Beoauße several have told that (to use their own words), they have to bend over and make a •'hollow in their backs" when they are thrashed with a suple-jaok. Ido not think all the boys say is true, but think there is > some truth in what they say. I have heard of surprise visits being made, but somehow the Brothers know all about them before hand. , Do visitors ever go to the Orphanage while the boys are at their meals ? I think Mr Lightband's suggestion a good one. namely that there should be a lady inepeotor. A lady will notice what a man would nut. Hoping there will bean inquiry into the doings at the Orpbanag-, 1 am etc , JtJSIICE. [We ore assured, on the authority of Father Mahoney and Bro. LoetUß, that no oorporal punishmeui is inflicted or permitted at St. Mary's Industrial fcphool ]

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INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BOYS AND THEIR TREATMENT., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXX, Issue 168, 18 July 1896

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INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BOYS AND THEIR TREATMENT. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XXX, Issue 168, 18 July 1896

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