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THE DABBLERS

IT was a wet July evening. The three friends sat around the peat fire in Harborough's den, pleasantly weary after their long tramp across the moors. Scott, the ironmaster, had been declaiming against modern education. His partner's son had recently entered the business with everything to learn, and the business couldn't afford to teach him. `I suppose,' he said, `that from preparatory school to university, Wilkins must have spent the best part of three thousand pounds on filling a suit of plus-fours with brawn. It's too much. My boy is going to Steelborough grammar school. Then when he's sixteen I shall send him to Germany so that he can learn from our competitors. Then he 'll put in a year in the office; afterwards, if he shows any ability, he can go up to Oxford. Of course he'll be rusty and out of his stride, but he can mug up his Latin in the evenings as my shop stewards do with their industrial history and economics.'
`Things aren't as bad as you make out,' said Freeman, the architect. `The trouble I find with schools is in choosing the right one where so many are excellent. I've entered my boy for one of those old country grammar schools that have been completely remodelled. Wells showed in The Undying Fire what an enlightened headmaster can do when he is given a free hand and isn't buried alive in mortar and tradition.'
`You'll probably find,' said Scott, `that it's mostly eyewash; no discipline, and a lot of talk about self-expression and education for service.'
`There you're wrong. I should say the discipline is too severe if anything. I heard only the other day from my young nephew that two boys had been expelled for a raid on a henroost or some such escapade; but I suppose there was more to it than met the eye. What are you smiling about, Harborough ?'

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