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Anatomy, 2nd year.—Prize : Mrs. Dowson. Certificates : Miss Toms, Miss Bernard, Miss Russell.
Chemistry.—Prize: Miss Pailthorpe. Certificate : Miss Macdonald.
Physiology.—Prize : Miss Toms. Certificate : Mrs Dowson.
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
66 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
woman's Review 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 bave 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
WOMEN GUARDIANS. At a meeting of the Guardians of the South Dublin Union, a petition was presented from the ratepayers of Rathmines addressed to the clerk, calling the attention of the Guardians to the present agitation in favour of removing the restrictions which prevents Irishwomen, when suitably qualified ratepayers, 'from being elected poor-law Guardians. In England the number of women 80 elected had been increasing every year, and wherever they have been elected it has been found that where womanly tact and training are combined with leisure and energy incalculable benefit to the poor has been the result.
Mr. SHACKLETON, in moving the adoption of the address, said this was a subject at which some gentlemen smiled, when moved, as it seemed to them to be an extraordinary proposition. For some time after he had become a Guardian he had his doubts as to whether ladies should be poor-law Guardians, but now he had no doubt that their management as Guardians would be very proper, and would be for the welfare of the poor and the benefit of the ratepayers. It was working so well in England that every year there were more and more female Guardians. Many ladies were admirably adapted for the position. They had time to apply to the work, and they had an educated knowledge with regard to some matters that men could not possess. There were a great many details which they (the Guardians) were totally ignorant of, and they had to look after them in the discharge of their duties as Guardians, but which in their own houses were attended by their wives and daughters, and were much better looked after. There were a great many ladies in Dublin who attended to the poor, and if they were Guardians they would have the power to supervise the work of the relieving officers, and until that was properly supervised there would be waste of money. In reference to schools and the domestic affairs of the poor, the economy of the house would be much better looked after by ladies. Ths great argument in favour of this movement was-if it were right in England, why should it not also be done in Ireland.
Mr. DEANE moved as an amendment that the petition be marked as read.
Mr. SHACKLETON said he was glad no argument could be used against his motion. It was now attempted to put it down by brute force. Those who voted for the amendment were against the ladies.
For the amendment there voted—Messrs. Bentley, Bewley, Caldbeck, Crowe, Deane, A., Deane, George; Draper, Evans, Tottenham, Dobson—10. Against the amendment-Messrs. Blackburne, Captain Boyd, Burke, Claffey, Donagh, Farrell, Fitzpatrick, Flanagan, J; Flood, W; Hearne, Leonard, Lynch, M'Grane, Sexton, Shackleton, W. Flanagan, and Jones-17
The amendment was declared lost, and Mr. SHACKLETON'S resolution was carried on the same division.
It was resolved to ask Mr. BROOKS, M.P., to present a petition to the House
of Commons upon the subject. Thus the South Dublin Union has emphatically shewn its approval of women as Guardians of the poor, and its example will be an encouragement and aid to all others who have the question brought before them.
The ladies on the London Boards of Guardians are justifying the confidence reposed in them by the ratepayers by their activity and courage in pointing out oversights and mistakes. Mrs. Charles lately pointed out a boy from St. George's parish who after being kept ten long years at the Ashford schools was actually sent back to the workhouse unable to read write. Another case, nearly as bad, came before the Paddington Board lately, of a deaf orphan child who was growing up in forlorn isolation in the workhouse. Mrs. Charles observed that all the parishes should have some school or special educational provision for their deaf children.
The Lordon correspondent of the Belfast News Letter vouches for the next instance of feminine sagacity.
“ The householders of St. Pancras are beginning to appreciate the advantages of having some ladies among the Poor-law Guardians who consider it their duty to take no evidence on hearsay, but look into cases for themselves. Already the outdoor relief fund has been lessened by £1,400 last year only. The indoor expen
diture is being also looked into, and, what is perhaps the best direction for philanthropic efforts to take, work is found out of doors for able-bodied women who are anxious for it, and glad to be started once more in gaining a livelihood. One of the outdoor relief cases may serve as an example of others. A woman had for
many years received an allowance because of having a crippled husband, and when the officers from the Union called, a sight of the interesting invalid was always permitted them as evidence. The lady Guardians were a little curious to know how this clever woman kept so good a house on so small an income, and, following up their inquiries, found that the supposed cripple was perfectly sound in health, but his calling in life necessitated night work, and consequently day sleeping, so that he was always ready for exhibition when the official called. This is only one instance, but every workhouse in London needs reform, or rather the laws under which they are established and maintained.”
INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION, IRELAND. A Conference of Irish ladies, members of educational associations, and others, was held on July 10th, at 58, Onslow Gardens, S.W., by the kind permission of Lady McClure, to consult on the best means to be adopted to continue the beneficial inluence of the Intermediate Education Act. Among those present were, Lady McClure, Mrs. Maurice Brooks, from Dublin, Mrs. J. A. Blake, Mrs. James Richardson, Mrs. Byers and Miss Tod, from Belfast, Miss Sharman Crawford, Miss Drew, Miss Blackburn, Mrs. Gerrett, &c., &c.
Miss Tod, in opening the Conference, spoke of the immense good which the Intermediate Education Act had done in raising the standard of education in Ireland, and pointed to the increase, year by year, in the number of students as a proof of these advantages, but the immense increase was a source of great difficulty to the Board. When the Act was passed, it was not expected that the number of students would be so great, rising from 4,468 in 1879, to 7,747, of whom 2,033 were girls, last year. Especially such a number of girls had not been expected. The income of the Board being fixed, .