People are stupid…

…but not as stupid as they once were.

A boy, 17 years old, did not know that twice two are four, nor how many farthings in two pence even when the money was placed in his hand. Several boys had never heard of London or Willenhall, though the latter was but an hour’s walk from their homes…Several had never heard the name of the Queen nor other names such as Nelson, Wellington, Bonaparte.