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23 > Page 23 of Address of Mrs. Cora Wilson Stewart before the Southern Educational Association, Houston, Texas, December 1, 1911 / Cora Wilson Stewart.

BAPTIST MINISTER WHO LEARNED To READ AND WRITE The reports from the various schools bore witness as to the great interest of the people and the demand for an ex- tension of the term. The question, "Was the night school popular " "Was there a demand for an extension of the term " brought, in every instance, an affirmative reply. The question, "What was the effect on the day school " was answered in each instance by the reply, "It increased the interest and the attendance." Parents who had never seemed to be in sympathy with the school made sacrifices, after their attendance at the night school, to send every child. To the teachers' reports were appended many let- ters, telling in an enthusiastic way of the fine spirit mani- fested and the great good accomplished, and the result was of course an extension of the term. I could spend hours telling you of pathetic and inspiring incidents, of incidents of joy over the emancipation from ignorance; but there is not time to dwell on the subject longer. Suffice it to say that the rural night school fills a much-needed want in the lives, not only of the adult mountain child, but of any other adult country child in the South. It has been tried and adopted in one county in Kentucky, and is already being adopted in others. By this means we propose to wipe out illiteracy from the mountainous section of Kentucky and 23