Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
I am under the impression that there is a provision of this kind with regard to the reformatory of the Good Shepherd in the city of Halifax, and I do not think it has been attended with bad results. We have in Halifax a Protestant industrial school and a Roman Catholic reformatory, the St. Patrick's Home, I think it is called ; and boys are committed to these two homes by the stipendiary magistrate in the city of Halifax under special legislation authorizing them to do so, instead of sending them to prison, the idea being that both women of this character and juvenile criminals are more likely to be improved by sending them to some such institution as this than by sending them to jail or penitentiary. That is the idea of the legislation, and I am inclined to think, from the experience of the city of Halifax, so far as lam familiar with it, that the object has to some extent been attained. I know that so far as boys are concerned a great deal of good has been done in the city of Halifax by the establishment of these homes, and that many boys who have been to these schools have gone out into life as honest, hard working, industrious citizens, when possibly a different result might have followed if they had been sent to prison in the ordinary way.
Subtopic: GOOD SHEPHERD REFORMATORY, ST.
Sub-subtopic: JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK.