The Twenty-Second Annual Convention of the Southern Educational
Association came to a close at the City Auditorium last night, and was
universally pronounced the most successful ever held in the Association's
history. As one of the leaders phrased it, "A new epoch for education ill
the South was begun here during the sessions of the convention," and on
all sides were expressions embodying just this sentiment.
Dr H L. Whitfield, the president-elect. just prior to the close of the
final session, sounded the note which seemed to be in the air, when he said
that what was now needed was for the teachers to go back to their re
spective fields and do the things they had been talking about during the
convention. The applause with which this was greeted showed that there
were others who felt the same way about it.
A large number of the delegates left last night for their respective
homes, and more will leave this Umorning. A number of them took ad-
vantage of the opportunity to visit Galveston before leaving this section
and went by excursion to that city yesterday.
Four Generations at School
Athwart the gloom that characterized the attitude of the earlier
speakers of the Southern Educational Association, a clear rift broke at the
morning session yesterday. Through it shone the famous silvery moon-
shine of Kentucky playing an entirely new role from that for which that
Kentucky element has achieved renown in the past.
In distinct contrast to the Jerimiac lamentations of those who occupied
the earlier programs, Msrs. Cora Wilson Stewart, mountain superintendent
and president of the Kentucky Educational Association, delivered a mes-
sage of reassurance. More than reassurance, her address bore a burden of
optimistic outlook, and promised the salvation of the country from the
afore described decadent tendencies of civilization through the sturdy,
untainted Anglo-Saxon and Norman strains of blood preserved in the
mountains of her State.
She was introduced as the only school superintendent who had placed
night classes in every school in the county.
The county she represents contains forty-five such night schools,
held every moonlit night in the year and attended simultaneously in some
instances by four generations At some of these schools, she said, grand-
parents, bowed and gray, study at the same desks that their grandchildren
and great grandchildren worked during the sa-e day.
While in other parts of the country, she said, people have to be
forced through legislative acts to take education, the mountaineers of Ken-
tucky press eagerly forward after it.
She exhibited instances where adults had learned to read and write
within two weeks' and a month's time.
With a graceful style and charm of manner she drew a pleasing pic-
ture, Though nothing sad was told, there was a sweetness of thought,