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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36

Mr. Marriage Wallis's Speech

Mr. Marriage Wallis's Speech.

Mr. Marriage Wallis, Chairman of the Brighton School Board, said: Ladies and gentlemen,—After the speeches we have heard, I should not commit so large a fault, I trust, as to add to what those have said who have gone before me. I will only say to this meeting that I have had great pleasure to-night in coming up from the shores of the English Channel simply by my presence to show my sympathy with the movement for which this meeting was specially convened, and that is to endeavour to promote, each one in his respective circle of influence, the introduction of temperance literature into our elementary schools.

Having the pleasure and responsibility of occupying a seat at the Brighton School Board, I shall feel it my duty more than ever to endeavour to introduce this most excellent book to the notice of our own boys. (Cheers.) The remarks of my friend Mr. Wright respecting the value of this book I would entirely endorse. I also would say that we may look, I trust, to Dr. Richardson to give us a book, perhaps, more to meet the capacities of our young children, to whom we would try to impart lessons of temperance in their very early years.

In giving us the present book, the Temperance League has not only laid temperance reformers, but the whole British nation, under a debt of gratitude. I hope the League will go further, and endeavour to encourage Dr. Richardson not only to do more for us, but will also themselves see that this book which is already before us, is introduced to such schools as the girls' high day-schools, the grammar schools, the old grammar schools, and the proprietary page 27 schools, because for those schools at the present moment it is most admirably adapted. I hope to-night that we shall have done something with the teachers who are present, and through the Press, to encourage those persons who are, like ourselves, interested in the great cause of education to promote a knowledge of temperance amongst our young people. (Cheers.)