The million-peopled city
The Ragged School Movement.
The establishment of the , for the home missionary purposes referred to in the foregoing extract from the has led the way to the establish- ment of Ragged Schools and the Ragged School Union. This is a most important feature of modern times, so far as this class of population is concerned. Such schools exist now in most large towns, but in none of them to anything approaching the extent that they do in the metropolis. The noble President of the , , whose attention has been especially drawn to this class, and to whom the movement on their behalf is so much, and indeed so mainly, indebted, has observed:-
" It is needless to discuss what was the origin of ; the fact is, that they have now acquired so much favour, that people and places contend for their origin, just as the seven cities disputed the birth-place of Homer. We cannot tell where they were born; by God's blessing they exist-by that blessing they will still go forward; but whenever you enter a Ragged School, remember this-we c2
|are indebted for nine-tenths of them to the humble, the pious, the earnest city missionary."|