13 APRIL 1956, Page 22

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APRIL 16, 1831

JUVENILE CONVICTS.—A vessel has been fitted up at Chatham, for the reception of four hundred boys not exceeding fifteen years of age, who, under the old system, would have been sent out of the country. They arc taught trades, and receive a suitable education. and means are adopted for securing employment to them when discharged. The Government a( t on the principle of the Magdalen, where, ut order to qualify a woman for the charity, she must, in the first place, be a vagabond. When a boy is found to be a thief, then he is to he cared for and educated; but when any plan for educating the non-thieving part of the poet. is proposed. Government have no time, and Parliament no cars.