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148   LAWS OF ONTARIO

other calling upon nervous vitality and presenting few attractions as a permanent occupation. Notwithstanding all this it is a pleasant thing to note the number of persons who have made teaching their life work from loftier motives than those of personal gain or comfort. Wherever there is an opportunity for sympathetic co-operation with the teacher on the part of the school boards and parents this should be ungrudgingly given. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that the value of the work of the faithful teacher cannot be over-estimated. They are the missionaries of culture and light in the darker places and their effort in maintaining high standards in the moral and spiritual life of the community cannot receive too great a measure of appreciation.

There had been down to 1883, an opportunity to make some provision for old age through what is known as the Ryerson Superannuation Fund, but in that year the fund was closed and after that no new contributories were admitted. For several years attempts were made to arouse the teaching profession generally and the Government and


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