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 Post subject: Robbing A School - 1849
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:15 pm 
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Saturday 29 September 1849

Robbing A School

Some time on the morning of Tuesday last, the British School, Bethesda-street, Burnley, was broken into, as was also the master's desk, from which was extracted his money box, in which he kept the moneys collected from the children, amounting, in the present case, to nearly thirty shillings. no trace of the robbers has yet been found. Now, to defraud a parson of his tithe, a newspaper editor of his subsrciption, or a lady of her toilet, are in themselves acts bad enough, yet they are only trifles compared to the black crime of robbing a schoolmaster. For what is a schoolmaster? He is the pioneer of civilisation, the hewer down of granite ignorance, the perpetual motion in the growth of ideas, in short he is the sun that has given light to all the stars and planets that have ever played in the intellectual world. Such then being the man, how great must be the moral guilt of defrauding him. On this last sentence we would have negligent parents and niggardly committees to deeply ponder, for it contains many an useful lesson.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:41 am 
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I wouldn't describe some of the schoolmasters I have known like that. Or some of the schoolmistresses.

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