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9 > Page 9 of Address of Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart before the Southern Educational Association, Houston, Texas, December 1, 1911 / Cora Wilson Stewart.

there is none who can equal him in the insatiate desire for knowledge. As one long starved eats ravenously, the mountain child, long deprived of opportunity, embraces it with unusual and astounding avidity. More than a child- like curiosity must be satisfied by all with whom he comes in contact. Every visitor is converted into an instructor, and subjected to an examination or quiz. This remarkable curiosity is not the only symptom of an eager, hungry mind; for such brave and heroic efforts have been made by moun- tain girls and boys in their struggle for an education as would entitle them to an honored page in education's his- tory. These incidents have never graced the pages of the newspapers, however, which have devoted so much space to his fathers' vendettas. For instance, journalism, one of the most crowded and exacting professions, did not appear too difficult for one little mountain couple, brother and sister, age 10 and 12; so they started a little newspaper, styled 'The Young Mountaineer". Having no equipment but a few galleys of discarded type, they used a picture frame for a chase, and wedged in the type with sticks, and published for several years this crude little sheet to defray their expenses in school. One mountain girl, living on a cliff twelve milEs from any settlement, having no available means, and desiring a college education, set herself up in competition with the great hosiery factories of the world and knitted socks at twelve and a half cents a day, and laid her hard-earned fund at the shrine of education. Another girl, being denied employment in a college town in any position requiring the services of a girl, sacri- ficed her womanliness and her pride, over-reached her strength and endangered her health by masquerading in masculine attire and assuming the sterner, severer duties of a boy. She had worked her way almost through school when her identity was discovered, and she was forced to retreat; and there was not a student in her class which stood in scholarship above or equal to her. One other incident, a mountain boy in North Carolina, learning that there was scholarship to be secured in a school in the Kentucky hills, set out a-foot at once to claim the coveted prize. He did not halt or hesitate, was not deterred 9