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SCHOOL I Cbttor'si Comment publications in the service have been in a condition of uncertainty during the summer and up until just recently ow ing to a Congressional inquiry into public printing matters with a veiw of consolidating all public printing in the Government Printing Plant at "Washington. It was thought by some that the school print ing plants would be dismantled and that the periodicals would be suspended. We were not of those who thought so, for we expected, as later developed, that the good sense of the Members of Congress on the Joint Printing Committee would enable them to see the edu cational value of such plants in connection with the better schools of the service. A few only of the many benefits of a course in printing are listed below. 1. It trains the pupils who pursue that work in the correct use of English, a training especially valuable to a pupil whose mother tongue is different, as is shown by the fact that our pupils who work in the printing office excell others in the use of English more particu larly correct English. 2. It cultivates the esprit de corps of the school and accordingly makes the educational work more vitally alive. 3. Setting type gives the best possible training in the work of having the mind and hand work in unison, a training that is very essential to success in life. 4. To come to the material side of life the print shop in connection with any school gives a training in a valuable trade that places the pupil in the way of earning a good living in after life. It is not assumed that these are the only arguments that ap pealed to the Committee of Congress or that they are the best argu ments that can be given in support of school print shops, but they are sufficient to cause any right thinking man to be glad to see such courses established or once established to see them continue. That Congress recognizes the educational value of the print shop is proven by the order that such shops as are in the service may continue, that the present periodicals can continue providing the expense of maintaining the work does not exceed $1500 per an- 19.