27 OCTOBER 1894, Page 14

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIII,—That a man ought

to be proud of the work of teaching,. I heartily agree. Mr. Gladstone told us years ago that,. "amidst all the kinds of exertion incident to our human state, there is none more arduous, none more exhausting, than the work of teaching when worthily performed." But when that work is coupled with a position such as the following, it is very difficult to maintain a just pride in it. When I was- twenty-three years of age I received an appointment as non- resident master in a London school at a salary of £100 a yeara and now, when thirty-six, I am still receiving the same amount. This is not, allow me to say, because I have been a failure in- the profession, for I have always been complimented on being a very good teacher. I have always taken great interest in my work, and have endeavoured, BO far as I could, to equip myself properly for it. I have taken the B.A. degree, together with the special Teachers' Diploma, at the London University, and also spent one semester at a German University, to enable myself to teach German better. I am now teaching Latin, mathematics, and English, for the Oxford Senior Local in one- of the higher forms of the school, and German in one of the- lower forms, and for this I am still receiving £100 a year..