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prayers and arguments from friends, as well as by threats from the authorities of the Church, to submit herself. Yet she died peacefully, strong in faith. The
. persecution followed her to the grave. Pastor Mondorf refused to bury her unless she accepted the dogma, and the priest of Weissenthurm, where the Lasaulx burial place was situated, was prohibited by his Bishop from officiating: The excommunicated priests offered to perform the service, but this was not permitted, as it would have the appearance of a public demonstration, and it was only after long discussion that the coffinwith its little procession of ladies, a few servants and villagers, the professors who, like herself, had suffered for their steadfastness, and a few other friends-was. allowed to go through the chief entrance of the cemetery instead of through a gap in the hedge. Thus exiled and disgraced, this brave woman died for the truth in which she believed.
RECORD OF EVENTS.
LONDON UNIVERSITY. ADMISSION OF WOMEN STUDENTS TO CONVOCATION. On January 17th, the debate, adjourned from the 10th of last May, was on the following motion and amendment—“Moved by Mr. A. P. HENSMAN, seconded by Mr. H. A. NESBITT: That it is just and desirable that women who are graduates of this University, and of the requisite standing, should be entitled to become members of Convocation, and to vote at the election of the member of Parliament for the University. Amendment - Moved by Mr. A. M'DOWALL, seconded by Mr. A. W. BENNETT: That female graduates be admitted to Convocation.”
Mr. TYLER resumed the discussion, saying that he doubted if Convocation had any power in this matter, but if it had the amendment would put female graduates
on a different footing from that of male graduates, whose right to sit in Convocation was limited by their degrees and by their standing, whereas the amendment made no such limitations.
Mr. M’DOWALL, the mover of the amendment, remarked that the University had great influence in the matter of female education, and that there was no reason why Convocation should not have the advice of women on educational questions. But the resolution contained two distinct subjects, the second of which involved a great legislative change.
Mr. NESBITT regarded the amendment as the preferable form, as it adopted the words of the supplemental charter.
Mr. GODLEE thought the House did a great evil in admitting women to degrees, but that having been done, there was no logical reason for opposing the amendment, but the motion was a mere debating society resolution.
Mr. SHAEN said that legal members of Convocation thought the words of the charter should be adopted.
Mr. DOLLEYMORE asked if women, becoming members of Convocation, would not necessarily have the power of voting for members of Parliament.
The CHAIRMAN said the words of the Act of Parliament as to the voting qualification were, “Every man whose name is for the time being on the register of graduates."
Mr. TEMPLE expressed his regret for having formerly opposed the admission of women to degrees; probably, he said, he had been biased by being a medical man. He thought women-graduates were fitted to sit in Convocation.
Mr. HENSMAN replied, expressing his willingness to accept the amendment, in compliance with what he understood to be the general feeling of Convocation. He spoke of the School Board, with special reference to the recent Industrial School scandal, as justifying the admission of women to public bodies. This reference was received with mixed expressions. The motion was then withdrawn, and the amendment was agreed to with but three or four dissentients.
CAMBRIDGE.-GIRTON. MATHEMATICAL TRIPOS.—The result of the examinations for the Mathematical Tripos (Honours), was published on January 27th. The positions which the female students who were approved for Mathematical Honours would have occupied on the list are: -Wranglers, none; Senior Optimes, Burstal, Girton (equal to 31); Junior Optimes, Julyan, Girton (between 58 and 58); Lister, Girton (equal to 61 and 62).
THEOLOGICAL TRIPOS.-Women students. Class 1, none; Class 2, none; Class 3, L. B. Grey, Girton.
MORAL TRIPOS.—The examiners for the Moral Science Tripos announced that E. Draught, Girton, passed the examination, and her place in the Tripos was bracketed third in the second class.
NEWNHAM COLLEGE. In the late Tripos Examinations, four students attained the standard of a first class-Miss Moberly and Miss Finlay in the Moral Sciences Tripos; and Miss Eves and Miss Johnson in the Natural Sciences Tripos. These students were examined informally, not having completed the whole of the preliminary work prescribed by the University in February last for the formal certificate. Miss Eves also passed in the first division in the last examination for the B.Sc. degree of the University of London ; in the examination for honours in botany she was first, and gained the title of University Scholar, but she was disqualified for holding the Scholarship by being six months more than the regulation age. In the Historical Tripos, Miss Foxley, who was formally examined, was at the head of the second class, and Miss Swindells, who was informally examined, also gained a second class.
ROYAL UNIVERSITY, IRELAND. MATRICULATION EXAMINATIONS.-The Senate met on the 12th of January, at 25, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, to receive the report of the standing Committee, on the result of the recent matriculation examinations. The following are the result of the examinations:–604 candidates presented themselves. In round numbers
400, or about two-thirds, took pass, and 200, or onethird, honour, papers; this proportion changing with the subject. No less than 508* candidates, or above 80 per cent., have passed the matriculation. Ten firstclass exhibitions of £24 each, and twenty second-class exhibitions of £12 each, were awarded. Among the winners of the latter group were three ladies :-Miss Louisa M’Intosh, Miss Mary Hamilton, and Miss Charlotte Young The Senate decided to postpone the examina
. tion for scholarships to the 25th of April.
DEPUTATION TO MR. FORSTER. A deputation representing the headmasters of Intermediate Schools in Ireland, waited upon Mr. Forster to lay before him a memorial relating to the new rules framed by the Intermediate Education Board for 1882. The memorialists protested against contemplated retrenchments in the scale of rewards which would place many unendowed schools at considerable loss. There appeared also to be a general impression that boys had in some way suffered from a grant which they had looked forward to appropriating entirely, being unexpectedly shared by girls. The loaves and fishes were not enough to feed the double multitude. The Rev. Dr. Gerard Molloy pointed out to Mr. Forster that, “when the Act was originally proposed by the late Government, it did not include girls: it was intended to apply only to boys, and this was stated expressly by Lord Cairns in reply to the present President of Council, Lord Spencer, in 1878, in his place in the House of Lords, and repeated again to Lord Granville on the 4th July, 1878, that the intentions of her Majesty's Government in framing the Bill was that it should be confined to boys. And, further, he stated that in the financial arrangements they made, they made provision only for the education of boys. Therefore, that £1,000,000 of money provided at the time was, according to the estimate of the late Government, sufficient to promote the scheme if passed through Parliament as applied to boys, but not sufficient to meet the necessary additional expenses involved in applying it to girls. When the Act was passing through
the House of Commons, Lord Cairns stated in reply to Lord Spencer, and repeated it to Earl Granville, that, if it should seem well to Parliament at any time to extend the advantages of the Act to girls, the financial arrangements would require enlargement. Mr. Meldon reminded the House that there was only a sum of £1,000,000 available for educating boys under the Bill
, and the result of extending its provisions to the education of girls would be to render it entirely useless and inoperative, as it was to a great extent already, seeing that the amount to be disposed of was so small. And Mr. Errington added, they were all in favour of improving the education of women, but in reality the Endowment Fund was not more than sufficient for the young men of Ireland. When the Act was passing through the House of Commons, a clause was added the result of which had been that all the advantages of the Act had been thrown open to girls as well as to boys, and that involved considerable additional expenditure.” The advantage which this measure had been to the education of girls was strongly insisted on by the deputation, Dr. Parker, President of the Methodist College, Belfast, saying that the effect of the Act upon their education not only in his own college, but all over Ireland, had been marvellous. Girls had been put to the same standard as boys, and the result bad been that there was an immense advance in solid learning-the old flimsy education of girls had become a thing of the past.
In the course of his answer, Mr. FORSTER observed that it was evidently a simple question of money. Now, why did they want money? He was told that there were three reasons for it-one was that, although the Bill was brought in in the Lords without any mention of girls, that girls were added in the Commons, but that the original sum of one million was not increased, and a reference had been made to speeches of Lord Cairns who then represented the Government, on the matter. But then he (Mr. Forster) must remind them, because it was his business to tell them exactly how the facts stood—that the House of Commons was the guardian of the public purse and money, and that it passed in the House of Commons for boys and girls as conveniently