Go about the streets of Campbellton, or past the school ground, and let your observant eyes critically inspect the children. See thir robust healthy bodies, their bright intelligent faces, and watch the elasticity of their movements and their splendid childish manners. Surely you will agree with the writer that in these boys and girls the community has the right to be very proud. Yes, we will readily agree that the parents of such children have the right to be vain.
But, what about the future careers of these same children and especially of these boys? Are you rearing them for citizenship in your community and Province? Or, are ????? (Illegible) the currents of emigrations into Western Canada and the United States? Stop a moment and think. What inducements are you providing for the future, for your boys to remain in this vicinity? What avenues of usefulness have you opened or are you about to oopen, for the benefit of your children? Think, think, think; Only a few of these boys will be needed for the professions – medicine and surgery, law, teaching etc. Only a few, perhaps one out of fifteen of the others, but few will be wanted as merchants, bankers and brokers, perhaps three out of fifteen. Now what are the ten or eleven out of fifteen to do when the age of independent action shall arrive for them? Seriously, my friends: do you suppose those ten will be content to be day laborers with axe or cant-hook, with pike-pole or hand-spike? Do you? Do you not know that the majority of them, eight out of then, will migrate to other lands where opportunities invite with alluring calls to independence of life and action, unless there shall be provided sufficient of such allurements to satisfy them here?
Go where you will in Western Canada and the United States and you will find sons of New Brunswick settled for life, and prosperous and influential citizens of there adopted communities. Why did they go away from their native Country? Nothing to do to assure them independent prosperous (missing)…Having a community that your young men will deem it for their best interest to leave develop and have a community in which not only they will want to remain, but to which the energetic and splendid young man-hood of the ill-favored communities will want to come and settle.
You love your community and you want it to prosper and progress. Then look out for your boys and give them and, through them, your community some chance for the future.