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dividual nature, and the right preparation for the performance of all duties to human society, the promotion of the higher education of women is a work deserving the strongest and most cordial support." Mr. J. G. HUBBARD, M.P., seconded it, and Sir REGINALD HANSON, of London said the time had passed for apologising for letting women have as much education as they could get. If men opposed them now, it would be a confession that they owed their superiority to their education, and were afraid of being supplanted. Far from unfitting women for the duties of life, a woman with a knowledge of classics and mathematics would make a better wife and mother.

The BISHOP OF PETERBOROUGH then moved: "That the principles on which King's College was founded, and the educational work which it has done during the last fifty years, entitle it to general confidence and support in the extension of its operations to the education of women." It was seconded by Canon FARRAK.

The Executive Committee of the Lectures announce that the classes held at 5, Observatory Avenue, Kensington have been eminently successful during the past year, the entries having averaged about 548 in each term-the total number during the year being 1640. The large classes in Scripture and Church History, and also in English Literature, have made it necessary for the Committee to hire the Vestry Hall, their own rooms not being large enough; and even in other cases the accommodation in the present building, although excellent as far as it goes, has been found insufficient.

The Committee are therefore most anxious to urge upon the public the necessity of the provision of a larger building in which the classes can be held.

LONDON SCHOOL OF MEDICINE FOR WOMEN.

The annual distribution of prizes to the students took place, on June 13th, at the school, 80, Henrietta Street, Brunswick Square, Professor HUXLEY presiding. From the report, which was read by the Dean, Mr. A. T. NORTON, it appeared that there were 39 students in the school, 14 of whom were preparing for degrees at the University of London, and that since the foundation of

the institution 100 students had been admitted, 18 of whom were on the register as qualified practitioners. Prior to the distribution, Professor HUXLEY briefly addressed those present, saying:-"It is a great many years since I first made known my opinion on the subject, and I am not sure that it would be considered orthodox in this room. I have not altered my opinions, and I am therefore all the more glad that I am not called upon to express them here. It is the less necessary to do so, because I do not exacctly see what we in this institution have to do with the question.

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may be that we are to look to women hereafter as the intellectual and moral leaders of the universe. It may be, on the other hand, that men will retain the lead, which the order of things has hitherto given them; but should they do so I cannot understand that it should make the slightest difference to the importance, the necessity, and the duty on the part of women, that they should do all they can to render themselves useful members of the community. Nor should it prevent those who have any influence in this world from endeavouring to enable women to take up any career for which they may find themselves fitted. I do not understand why free trade in these matters should not apply everywhere, why free access to every calling should not be thrown open to every human being. The future will show whether the experiment now being made is wise or unwise. I have always taken great interest in the experiment, which has now been working ten years, and I congratulate you upon the report which has just been read, as it shows clearly that this has not been a mere flash in the pan of hasty enthusiasm, but that the institution is doing its work thoroughly. It is at the present time in a more flourishing condition than ever before, and I must confess that I was gratified to hear of the distinguished honours which some of the students have obtained from the University of London. This is a practical test of the highest importance. I venture to say so, because I was twelve or thirteen years examiner of the University of London, and therefore know that there is no better test of capacity than is there afforded. The experiment has shown that there

are hundreds of women who have the capacity and power to do the work of medical practitioners just as well as it has been done by the great majority of their brothers. Why under these circumstances they should not be allowed and encouraged to take up the profession I cannot understand. It may interest you, as I happened for the past twelve months to be a member of the Medical Acts Commission, if I say a word or two as to the results so far as they affect you. I am obliged to speak guardedly, because it was only this morning that I signed the report of the committee, which has not yet been laid before Her Majesty. But I think I may, without impropriety, go so far as to say that the Commissioners were deeply impressed with the importance of the question of medical education for women. And if I may be allowed to say so, I think they were all extremely struck with the power and moderation of a statement made by Mrs. Garrett Anderson. I think you are all very much her debtors for what she has done for you. If the recommendations of that Commission be carried out, whether there be one porthole or many for the admission to the Medical Register, the way will not be closed against women. I rejoice to hear of the success which has attended the educational efforts of the institution." At the conclusion of the chairman's remarks, the prizes were presented. The following were the Prizes and Certificates of Honour:

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SUMMER SESSION, 1881.

Practical Chemistry.-Prize: Miss Russell. Certificates: Miss Bernard, Miss Toms, Miss Royce, Miss Stacy, Miss Graham, Miss Webb.

Forensic Medicine.-Prize: Miss Cock. Certificates: Miss Cradock, Mrs. Longheed, Miss Jacob.

Pathology.-Prize: Miss Cock. Certificates: Miss Cradock, Miss Jacob, Miss Body, Miss Morice.

Hospital Tutorial Class.-Prize: Miss Marston. Certificate: Miss Cradock.

WINTER SESSION, 1881-82.

Anatomy, 1st year.-Prize: Miss Pailthorpe. Certificates: Miss Royce, Miss Webb.

Anatomy, 2nd year.-Prize: Mrs. Dowson. Certificates: Miss Toms, Miss Bernard, Miss Russell. Chemistry.-Prize: Miss Pailthorpe. Certificate: Miss

Macdonald.

Physiology.-Prize: Miss Toms.

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Medicine.-Prize: Mrs. Dowson. Certificates: Miss Toms, Miss Morice.

Midwifery.-Prize: Miss Prideaux. Certificates: Miss Cock, Miss Cradock.

Entrance Scholarship for October, 1881, given by the Executive Council, value £30, awarded to Miss Pailthorpe.

On the motion of Mrs. GARRETT ANDERSON, M.D., seconded by Dr. BUCHANAN BAXTER, the following resolution was unanimously carried: "That this meeting has heard with much satisfaction of the continued progress of the School, and resolves to support the proposal to raise £800 a year, or such amount as may be necessary to maintain it at its present state of efficiency until the number of students render it selfsupporting."

We hope it may be found possible next year to hold the meeting in a larger room, as the attendance is now so numerous that it is difficult for above half of the friends of the movement to see or hear any of the proceedings.

One hundred students have been admitted since the foundation of the School in 1874.

SUFFRAGE.

The Annual General Meeting of the Central Committee of the Society for Women's Suffrage took place in the Westminster Palace Hotel, S.W. The chair was taken by Mr. HUGH MASON, M.P.

Mr. Mason has obtained next Friday, July, 21st, for the discussion in Parliament of his Resolution. Our friends are entreated to lose no time in endeavouring to influence such members as they may know, to give it a favourable and fair consideration.

EDINBURGH.-A district meeting in furtherance of the movement for extending the franchise to women, was

held on June 14th, in Mary's Chapel, Burnet's Close, High Street. Rev. A. D. ROBERTSON presided. Mrs. KIRK moved the first resolution, expressing satisfaction with the fact that the municipal vote has been extended to all women householders and ratepayers in Scotland, and desiring to impress upon the new voters of the city the importance of using that responsibility freely, conscientiously, and intelligently, for the good of the community. Dr. AGNES M'LAREN seconded the resolution, after which Miss SIMPSON moved that a petition be signed by the Chairman, and forwarded to the House of Commons. Mrs. LEWIS seconded the resolution.

A small meeting was also held in the Assembly Room, Leith. Councillor Clark paid no empty compliment to Miss Kirkland when he spoke of that lady's speech as being one of the best he had ever heard, and it is not too much to say that seldom is Leith privileged to listen to such sound arguments in favour of any cause as those adduced by that lady on behalf of the Parliamentary enfranchisement of women. No better or more forcible language could have been employed to advocate a cause, and it is only to be regretted that so few enjoyed the intellectual treat, apart altogether from the subject under consideration.

THE PROTECTION OF YOUNG GIRLS.

The Select Committee of the House of Lords appointed to inquire into the state of the law relating to the protection of young girls have drafted their report. The Committee have established the fact of the existence of a trade in girls between this country and Belgium for immoral purposes. They have also proved that juvenile immorality is alarmingly on the increase, and that cases are known of children following the profession of prostitutes at an incredibly early age. The Committee's proposed recommendations are that the age of irresponsibility in girls should be raised; that persons shall be guilty of misdemeanour who harbour girls under seventeen for immoral purposes; that girls under sixteen soliciting in the public streets shall be sent to industrial schools; and that the enforcement of the law shall be more vigorous in the case of street walking.

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