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THE

TRAINING SCHOOL READER.

BY

WILLIAM J. UNWIN, M.A.,

PRINCIPAL OF HOMERTON COLLEGE,

Second Bank,

FIRST DIVISIO N.

LONDON:

WARD AND CO., 27, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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TRAINING SCHOOL READER.

SECTION I.

LESSON 1.-MONDAY.

DIVISION OF LABOUR.

The cotton, of which a coloured neckcloth or a piece of lace is formed, may be supposed to have been grown by some Tenessee or Louisiana planter. For this purpose he must have employed labourers, in preparing the soil and planting and attending to the shrub, for more than a year before its pod ripened. When the pod became ripe, considerable labour, assisted by ingenious machinery, was necessary to extricate the seeds from the wool. The fleece thus cleaned was carried down the Mississippi to New Orleans, and there sold to a cotton factor. The price at which it was sold must have been sufficient, in the first place, to repay to the planter the wages which had been paid by him to all those employed in its production and carriage; and, secondly, to pay him a profit proportioned to the time which had elapsed between the payment of those wages and the sale of the cotton; or, in other words, to remunerate him for his abstinence in having so long deprived himself of the use of his money, or of the pleasure which he might have received from the labour of his work-people, if, instead of cultivating cotton, he had employed them in contributing to his own immediate enjoyment. The New Orleans factor, after keeping it perhaps five or six months, sold it to a Liverpool merchant. Scarcely any labour could have been expended on it at New Orleans, and, in the absence of accidental circumstances, its

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