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 - FEW SCHOOLS IN CLAY COUNTY. Clay County is not...
FEW SCHOOLS IN CLAY COUNTY. Clay County is not unlike several other interior Kentucky counties In being ill-provided ill-provided ill-provided ill-provided with schools. There are 1UU school districts In the county. Most of them are Inferior in location and equipment to that of Manchester, I am . told here. In this town the; school is Just, alongside the Court House. It la- la- a plain, little boarded building, building, with one large room. In the centre of wljich is a big stove, around which are desks for the twenty or thirty pupils and their badly worn and eltsnentary boiks Tbe allowance by the State for five months of schooling here 14 1'JU, which goes to the teacher. Every other expense must be met by the town, and It does not meet many extra expenses. Residents of this county and of Laurel, which adjoins it. told me that nine-tenths nine-tenths nine-tenths of the people, adults and children, children, are unable to read and write. There appears to be little thirst for learning. Illiterate Illiterate parents will, keep their children from school If by so doing the parents or the children can earn a little money. The thing that Is scarcest here Is money, and it Is the thing most coveted, for which the greatest greatest sacrifices are most cheerfully made. Of food they lack little. The poorest people can raise corn enough to feed a few hogs, poultry Is seen about all the rude little cabins, game Is abundant, and where tht-re tht-re tht-re are streams they abound In fish. No one ever dies of starvation here. Only the exceptionally prosperous and the rarely educated aspire to live In better houses than the cabins made of logs chinked and daubed, usually of one room, sometimes of two, and as a rule lighted only by the doorways. As the dwellers In these primitive primitive houses do not read, they do not need

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 03 Dec 1899, Sun,
  3. Page 17

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