THE CHAIR: It is with great pride and pleasure that
I present the next speaker, who is a Kentucky product, a
"live wire" of the Kentucky mountains. I have often
thought that if she in her environment can do great things,
how much more should we, who live in so much better
environment, accomplish. Her environment is to that of
yours what Helen Kellar's is to the normal child. The lady
whom I shall introduce to you is the only County Superin-
tendent in the United States who has established night
schools in every school of her county. In these schools
men and women students from 21 to 86 years of age have
learned to read and write. Last year more than 1,200 of
these older students attended the night schools.
I now take great pleasure in introducing to you Mrs.
Cora Wilson Stewart, Superintendent of Rowan County,
Kentucky, who also has the honor of being President of the
Kentucky Educational Association. (Applause.)
Mrs. Stewart held the closest attention of the large
audience during the presentation of the following paper, the
reading of which was frequently interrupted by applause.
THE EDUCATION OF THE MOUNTAIN CHILD
MRS. CORA WILSON STEWART, MOREHEAD, KY.
The mountain child, so long isolated and retarded, so
long enslaved by poverty and ignorance, so long imprisoned
between high hills and bridgeless streams, has missed much
in the march of civilization; but has preserved the purity
of his Anglo-Saxon blood, and has gathered strength, fresh-