who reported fifty-one schools, with over fifteen hundred scholars. These schools were the result of local enterprise, assisted by grants from the assembly. The teachers, apparently, were not, in most cases, of a very high order, and the official visitor complained that the practice of " boarding around the neighborhood " led to their being treated much like menial servants.
Industrial Progress. —Agriculture and fishing were still the chief industries of the island. Ship-building, too, was becoming an important business. After the example of the other Maritime Provinces, agricultural societies were started about the year 1829. The first newspaper was the Prince Edward Island Register, which dates from 1823—the time of the contest with the lieutenant-governor on the question of quit-rents. A Mechanics' Institute was begun at Charlottetown in 1839. In 1832 the first steamship communication was had with the mainland, the Pocahontas making two trips a week between Charlottetown and Pictou.