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130   LAWS OF ONTARIO

Act may be truthfully characterized as an unqualified success and a lasting monument to the wise and patient effort which prepared and secured the passing of the original Act.

Mr. J. J. Kelso, who has been for some years interested in work among children in Toronto, was appointed the Superintendent of Neglected and Dependent Children under the Act, and he has held the office ever since. His duties have been added to, as we have already seen, by his appointment as Provincial Officer under The Children of Unmarried Parents Protection Jct and under The 14doption Jct. During the thirty years the Act has been in force, owing to the growth of large cities, and the social problems which they present and from other causes, the original duties of his office have enormously increased.

The children to whom the Act applies include children found begging, receiving alms, thieving in public places, sleeping at night in the open air, loitering about in public places after nine o'clock in the evening, associating or dwelling with a thief, drunkard or vagrant, engaging in street trades, and in cases of girls under sixteen years of age and


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