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[346] find a shining literary light in Texas or New Mexico; but almost everyone would fancy that New York and Pennsylvania would in point of common schools hold their heads extremely high. Yet New York and Pennsylvania rank among the lowest of the pure White States. In New York there are nearly two hundred and forty thousand persons who cannot read and write, and Pennsylvania follows closely on her neighbour's heels. Virginia is, however, the greatest sinner. In a population of one million and a quarter she numbers nearly half-a-million of illiterates. Georgia, Tennessee, and the two Carolinas follow in her wake; Virginia, being the recognised leader of her Southern sisters. Whether she goes right or wrong, these States seem ready to go with Virginia into right or wrong.

To sum up all. The native Americans who cannot read and write amount to nearly five millions!

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