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128   LAWS OF ONTARIO

receiving any pledged goods from minors under the age of eighteen years, without the written authority of parents or guardians.

But the most important Act for the protection and aid of children is The Children's Protection Oct. Prior to the introduction of this Act in 1892, various societies had existed, more particularly in the larger centres of population, which had been doing admirable voluntary work in looking after children, who, through lack of early training or the unfitness of their parents, were in danger of becoming delinquents.

The Honourable John M. Gibson (now Sir John), Provincial Secretary, who had charge of the department having the administration of the Acts respecting prisons and public charities, gave his sympathetic hearing to the numerous deputations who were endeavouring to secure a legal status for the work of these associations. In a long and singularly active life, the best years of which have been devoted to diligent and able public service, there are few matters to which the distinguished author of this Act may look back with greater pleasure than to the part played


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