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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24

(From the "Evening Argus," Wellington.)

(From the "Evening Argus," Wellington.)

The importance of inculcating habits of thrift in the minds of children need not be expatiated on, and most people who have had to do with juveniles need not be told how difficult the task of doing this is. Usually a penny burns a hole in a child's pocket until it is spent. Forthwith to exchange money for lollies seems to most juvenile minds the correct and proper thing. It has been said that all men are rakes at heart, and it might be added that all children are naturally spendthrifts. We should not like to see children rush into the other extreme and become little misers, but there is a medium in all things, and it would be well for children in their after life, if the advantages of saving money were in their youthful days made apparent to them, as well as the pleasure of spending it. A subsequent article says:—Whether in the Education Bill to be brought before Parliament during the present session, any recommedation is to be made to the various Boards and Committees throughout the country to initiate the training of the future men and women into practical habits of providence through the agency of the Savings Bank in the school, is a query which has occurred to us, not so much from the fact that we have, on more than one occasion, spoken favorably of the present agitation on this subject, as from convincing proof that it is popular amongst those who, of all others, are likely to be the most closely concerned in it. Of course, we allude to the school teachers. . . . At the present moment, when we can hardly take up a newspaper, either English or Colonial, without reading deplorable lamentations on the increasing tendency to drunkeness, and hear restrictive and other remedies proposed and descanted on day after day, here is practical action—something to be done by every man and woman for herself and himself; and, as example is to precept, so is practice to perpetual theorizing. The one remedy for drunkenness, as we have reiterated times without number, is to strengthen and elevate the moral character, and, in this proposed training of the child, he is being braed to withstand, not only the temptation to indulge in drink, but all other temptations, by the cultivation of those habits which make the exercise of self-restraint and self-control the easy going path of every day life.