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Part of The Kentuckian : a monthly magazine

j _ 6 The Kemfuckian. r to a studentship at the London School of Economics, I and appointment as a University Extension Lecturer soon followed; a further period of quiet work ; and now _ against a field which included many of the best his- torians of recent yearselection to an open Fellowship i U at Pembroke College. For all concerned it is a verit- {_ ~ able triumph; primarily, of course, for Joseph Owen [ himself; hardly less for his devoted friend and first L . academic teacher, Mr. Hudson Shaw; for Balliol Col- lege, which had the wisdom and largeheartedness to cut redtape and throw convention to the winds; and, Hnally, for the University Extension delegates, who for i years, have been patiently elaborating a system of teach- j ing and examination which has made possible such de- velopments as these. Fellowships (especially in these days of agricultural depression) are few; men with the brains and grit of an Owen are fewer still; but among the 50,000 students who every year are brought within the network of the wide-spreading institution commonly known as "Uni versity Extension," there are men, not a fewand women t0owho would make admirable use of such opportuni- ties as fell to Owens lot, could they be brought within their rdach. For a single man to die ignorant who is capable of knowledgethat, as a great seer has said, is . indeed a tragedy. This tragedy the University Exten- ' sion movement is doing much to avert. It is bringing the pearl of great price into the keeping of those who, ` thirty years ago, could never have dreamt of possessing F it. It is brightening dull livesless perhaps by its mis- _ sion to the "working man" than its help and encourage- " _ ment to the tried teacher and the neglected "governess" ; , it is training the citizen in the best schools of civic pa- ,_ triotism ; it is teaching the young manhood and woman- E nood of England the things that beleng to her peace; but its material resources small. It works for the most part in shadow, and it is only now and again that its ` friends can be expected to make the special effort in- * volved in bringing one of its students f1om the Exten- " sion "centre" to the University itself, much more from work in a Lancashire factory to the Fellowship of an r Oxford College. .. , L la.-L "_" `_:f_,.__" L: , ` ' `A