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[326] cost. The school is an attractive place, the teaching good, the playground large. If a man wants an elementary training for his boys and girls this public school will give it, and will send them at an early age into the world equipped for any walk in life, except that of the professional man.

St. Johnsbury is a working village; the people in it are mainly working men. It is a village such as we are striving after in our Shaftesbury Parks and other experiments in providing wholesome lodgings for our labouring classes, in the hope that they may be persuaded, first to save their money and then to put it into real estate by purchasing the houses in which they live. Here the problem has been solved; a working-class proprietary secured. In many cases — I have reason to infer in most — the craftsmen own the cottages in which they live. Inside, each cottage is a model of its kind, with all appliances for cleanliness and comfort; in short, a neat and well-arranged domestic shrine.

What are the secrets of this Workman's Paradise? Why is the place so clean, the people so well housed and fed? Why are the little folks so hale in face, so neat in dress? All voices answer me that these unusual, though most desirable, conditions in a village,

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