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Most of the pupils in coloured schools are of Mixed blood; some of them almost White. No sight can well be sadder than to see these little ones sitting on the Negro benches, and to hear their never failing “No,” in answer to the query whether they have a father? Hapless waifs! In five or six coloured schools which we have visited to-day we notice boys and girls as white as any children in New York. You see at once the facts-White father, Quadroon or Octoroon mother-lawless love, abandoned mistress, nameless child.

“Why not allow these children to attend White schools? ”

“We cannot,” answers the inspector. “Colour counts for little, family for much. In the case of every child the facts are known; and if White people were silent, the Negroes would make a row. Negroes who have no dislike to Whites, as such, detest Hybrids and Quadroons; for Hybrids and Quadroons not only despise the Negroes but remind them how many of their young women run after White men rather than Black.”

“ One remembers, in Hayti, that the full-blooded ”

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