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IT is the custom of the Professors in the Royal School
of Mines in London to give courses of evening lectures
every year to working-men. Each course is duly adver-
tised, and at a certain hour the working-men assemble to
purchase tickets for the course. The lecture-room holds
six hundred people, and tickets to this amount are disposed
of as quickly as they can be handed to those who apply for
the-m. So desirous are the working-men of London to
attend these lectures, that the persons who fail to obtain
tickets always bear a large proportion to those who suc-
ceed. Indeed, if the lecture-room could hold two thousand
instead of six hundred, I do not doubt that every one of its
benches would be occupied on these occasions. It is,
moreover, Worthy of remark that the lectures are but rarely
of a character which could help the working-man in his
daily pursuits. The knowledge acquired is hardly ever of
a nature which admits of being turned into money. It is a
pure desire for knowledge, as a thing good in itself, and
Without regard to its practical application, which animates
these men. They wish to know more of the wonderful
universe around them; their minds desire this knowledge
as naturally as their bodies desire food and drink, and to
satisfy this intellectual want they come to the School of

It is also my privilege to lecture to another audience in

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