Memoir of Rosamond Davenport-Hill
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...established by its owner, Mr. Lawson Valentine, for promoting the agricultural interests of the United States ." But much as Rosamond loved country pursuits, her work lay in the towns. It was in New York that she found the State schools provided with pianos that the children might do musical exercises when the wet weather kept them indoors. Struck with the advantage of this provision, she resolved to introduce it if possible into the London schools. Some of them indeed already possessed a piano or harmonium, the gift of friends interested in the work, and the cost of supplying pianos to the'schools which had none would not have exceeded 23 each. When the motion was brought forward for the supply of pianos to infant schools Miss Davenport-Hill voted in favour of it; but the public took great umbrage at the proposal. They were led to believe that the Progressive party intended to teach children to play on the-piano, and they naturally resented such an unreasonable expense. Ten years later pianos were being supplied, not only to infant schools, but also to boys' and girls' schools, and no one made any objection to the outlay. The wrong impression, however, in the public mind defeated the Progressives at the election of 1891, when the Moderates obtained a majority of 33. Miss Davenport-Hill retained her seat for the City, but her party was badly hit. Such a record as hers of unremitting work and sensible moderation of view was not to be lightly set aside. It was known that for thirteen years she had never missed one of the weekly Board meetings, and that her knowledge of detail was invaluable on committees. Therefore when the cookery, laundry, and needlework departments were thrown into one and called domestic subjects, it was she who was...
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