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only. It is an entire mistake to speak of our schools, as is frequently done in certain quarters, as being "godless." In the first place, almost all teachers are adherents of religious bodies, men and women specially and highly trained to a due sense of their responsibility, not only for the bodily and intellectual welfare of their pupils, but also for the inculcation of high moral and spiritual ideals. Dr. Seath for many years had had under consideration various plans for securing for the pupils in both primary and secondary schools a textual knowledge of the books of the Bible. The subject is not free from difficulty and in this connection it may be of interest to recall here the history of what was commonly, and, in the writer's opinion, very unfairly and improperly known as the "Ross Bible." The Church of England in Canada and many of the clergy and laity of other churches in their church courts and religious press, had been urging the freer use of the Bible in the public schools, especially in the opening and closing exercises. One of the difficulties in the way of enforcing this was the presence in the public schools of thousands of pupils whose parents objected,


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