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140   LAWS OF ONTARIO

tee thereof, appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor, and this rather anomalous provision remained in the statutes until 1909, when the control of the department was placed altogether in the hands of the -Minister of Education, who had, in fact, been administering the department for many years, subject to the usual control of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, in the making of regulations which would have the effect of laws.

In 1906, the office of the Superintendent of Education was revived, and the late John Seath appointed to that position. The new superintendent brought to the office administrative ability of an unusually high character. Those who were brought in contact with him during his incumbency of the office will bear testimony to his untiring industry, sound common sense and fearless courage in dealing with questions often of great delicacy, which constantly arise in the administration of our school laws. Himself a scholar of no mean attainments, Dr. Seath had been for many years engaged as a teacher and afterwards as an officer of the department, and had had a long and varied experience in both capacities.


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