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Tuition Paid In Trade

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Parent Issue
Day
31
Month
March
Year
1893
Copyright
Public Domain
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I spent Sunday in Evergreen. Ths town takes its ñamo vory ptoperly, says a correspondent of the TïmesDemocrat. and poetically from iho pretty faot that the great mimber of tii o magnolia grandiflora that all the surroundings the appearance of being ever green. The town is situated mainly on two streets. one following the trend of the Bayou Rouge, the business street, so that the stores niay be aceessitole for loading on and unloading from the steamboats that come up and down the stream; the other, a s1 that departs at a rig'ht angle the bayou and runs up the hill to residential portion of the town. j said steamboats come up the l; but one could never believe it to look at it now. Between banks, fort y i flfty íeet apart, perhaps, and pothirty feet or more deep, is the ! ! Rouge, so narrow in most places 1 . ' a boy can easily straddle it. It can hardly be said to flow. Trickle is a more descriptive word, so narrow is its threadliko water, and just now you would never cali it a rouge, for it is clear, though insignificant. But, when the Atehafalaya rears back into it or the Red River roars through it, then its turbid current is red or yellow, and then the boats can come un. Had else tempted, I should have gone to Evergreen just to gauge the college there. I am now particularly glad I went, because, in its way, it was a revelation to me. 1 never saw anything aspiring to the name that could be said to come so near placing education within the reach of every one as this. Any one more shifty and adaptive than the president could not be imagined. He loves his vocation and compels success notwithstanding the most untoward circumstances. By a series of adjustments, founded both on thrift and philanthropy, he so combines and arranges as to make it possiblc for almost anybody to edúcate himself, or any parent to edúcate his boy. Sonae boys are too ooor, or their parents, to pay anything. Very well. That boy pays Eor his education in work; feeds the aogs, milks the cows, gdws the wood, etc. Then parents cannot pay any money - too jsoor, or failure of crops. Very well. He will take corn, cows, pigs. chickeus - what a country chant would cali trade, in pay. The other day lie told me tliat he had taken a large. and no doubt venerable, billy goat in this way. This may seem amazing, but it is really heroic, philanthropic, and shows remarkable administrativo ability. It is heroic because few men could brave derision in making an educational institution move by educating boys through taking pay in wood. work, corn, hogs, butter, etc. But this president was the architect of his own education. He got his by management, hoñest, though, and hard work, and without money, and is anxious to assist worthy and ambitious poverty struggling for that best of all earthly prizes - education. He boards his scholars, male and female, in separate buildings at $10 per month. And he gives them good and abundant fare. And this pays for education, too. If this be not a jcnevolent institution in disguise, as veil as a disguised educacional one, I knw not what it is. ïhere is not only cheap education here, but there is pretty solid, oldfashioned discipline. The boys are under the presidente eyes. He eats and slesps under the same roof with them, presides at the table, and meets them in the morning at the chapel in prayer. It is a sort of family circle. Then. when the boys have obtained twenty-five demerit marks, they have an option to either take a sound flogging or be expelled. As a stimuuls, however, for a boy to retrieve himself, he can by superior conduct and lessons reduce his bad standing and restore himself. I weni into the home or boarding apartment and saw the boys. They evidently had both a respect and afïection for their president, an easy freedom and familiarity of intercourse, with roystering enough to show there was nothing servile and degrading, yet with no touch of presumption or parade of temerity or an afiectation of it. Undoubtedïy this school is a blessing to the locality. It has an academie course, a partial one, and a business department. It is non-sectarian. Let us cherish all the educational institutions we have. Education is hard enough to secure at best.

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