the reply. "For three centuries the churches and monasteries h

ad been gathering [Pg 314] a fine collection of books for their libraries, and the confiscation of ecclesiastical buildings under the Laws of the Reform threw the most of these libraries into the market. Some of them were bought for speculation and others for private use; in either

  • case they were pretty sure to drift sooner or later into the hands of the deal

    ers. Gentlemen familiar with the subject say that Mexico is to-day the best place in the w

    orld for a book-collector to find what h

  • e is looking for." From the portales the youths extended their walk through s

    everal of the principal streets, and reached the hotel just in time for breakfast. On thei

    r way they passed a school just as the p

  • upils were going in, and this circumstance gave a hint on which they acted at

    once. ON THE WAY TO CHURCH. They proceeded to collect information concerning the publi

    c schools, in addition to what they had

  • already learned. They found that there were in the capital 101 free secular schools, with an aggregate attendance of 7400 pupils; then there were thirty-seven Protestant an

  • d twenty-four Catholic schools, all free—the former with 1300 pupils, and the latter with 4000. The Catholic schools are held in large buildings, as will be readily [Pg 3

  • 15] seen from the number of pupils in the twenty-four schools; while the Protestant establishments are on a smaller scale. There are something more than 100 private schoo

  • ls for primary instruction, with an average of thirty pupils to each school. All the wealthy families have their children taught by private tutors or governesses, but the g

  • rade of their education is not high. The whole number of educational establishments in the city is a little short of 300, with an attendance in the aggregate of about 16,00

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