The debate was not a good one. Mr. Walpole was
singularly feeble in his reply to Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen, and elaborately missed the points at issue, and Sir R. Anstruther was not very fair in his attack on the same gentleman ; but the Home Secretary, Mr. Cross, made one effective point by stating that, in relation to the Endowed Schools, the appeal to the Governing Body recently granted to all Assistant-Masters dismissed by the Head Master was not found to work well, and that the Charity Commissioners, to whom the duty of revising the Trusts of Endowed Schools was transferred in 1875, had abolished it, except in cases where the Assistant-Master thus dismissed " had laid out large sums, with the consent of the Head Master and the Governing Body, in boarding-houses." The other speakers did not apparently make much impression, and Mr. Knatchbull-Hugessen's motion was negatived without a division. It will take one or two more victims to bring round public opinion to the belief that a remedy is necessary, and to determine what that remedy should be.