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ragged school

(in Britain, formerly) a free elementary school for poor children
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  • She talked with her husband, and they opened a “ragged school” for children.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • It is still retained by the members of the above Church as a ragged school.

    Chelsea George Bryan
  • The ragged school was the one in which he was so much interested, and that he had been instrumental in establishing.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • A ragged school has also been built which bears his name, and in which the good work he inaugurated in Plymouth is now carried on.

    Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers William Edward Winks
  • I remember going through a ragged school in London, once, and finding the eyes of the children in the infant class red and sore.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • So much was her make that of a thief, that I doubt whether training in a ragged school would have had much effect upon her.

  • The ragged school Union has its ramifications in every part of the metropolis.

    The Night Side of London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • The ragged school children loved him, and through them, he got at the hearts of some of their degraded parents.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • It was here that in 1843 the ragged school movement in London commenced its wonderful and praiseworthy career.

  • No one has such power over the poor untutored heathen children of the ragged school as she has, and no one loves them as she does.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale

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