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To judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives.
I explained that reform might increase the number of British citizens who had the right of voting at elections for parliament.
It would be just the thing in the London parks; without counting that it would be another way to increase the number of fruit-trees.
We had only three boarders and half a dozen day-pupils to commence with; but by due care and diligence we hoped ere long to increase the number of both.
Upon unpractised men, the arts of the sex are often successful, but generally they are allies that increase the number of the assailants, without promoting the victory.
Remember, my child, it was in our very infancy; we had neither mills, nor grain, nor roads, nor often clearings; we had nothing of increase but the mouths that were to be fed: for even at that inauspicious moment the restless spirit of emigration was not idle; nay, the general scarcity which extended to the East tended to increase the number of adventurers.
The ministers, compelled to obey the princes or the Chambers who impose upon them the distribution of the public moneys, and forced to retain the workers in office, proceeded to diminish salaries and increase the number of those workers, thinking that if more persons were employed by government the stronger the government would be.
Secondary schools will also be expected to lower dropout rates and increase the numbers of students in college preparatory and advanced placement classes.
However, Costas has said one of the school's top priorities is to increase the numbers of students that transfer from bilingual to traditional classrooms.
Olive Vista has pledged to increase the number of students in college preparatory math classes from 5 percent to 10 percent and increase the number of limited-English speaking students that transition into traditional classes from 10.