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 be continued but greatly extended. If the State governments are not prepared nor willing to provide for the education of all classes (as I hope they will soon do), I recommend that the general Government take the matter in hand. “The safety of the Republic is the supreme law.” There can be no safety nor permanent peace where ignorance reigns. The law of selfpreservation will justify the national legislature in establishing through the Bureau of Education, or some other agency, a general system of free schools, and furnish to all children of a suitable age such instruction in the rudiments of learning as may be necessary to fit them to discharge intelligently the duties of free American citizens. The foregoing comments and summary upon what was undertaken and accomplished, which were made forty years ago, are, I believe, of special interest today. Problems touching labor are always recurring.
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