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154   LA`M'S OF ONTARIO

a position to understand the action of the Government, would, of course, regard the charges above referred to as absurd, but the incident serves to show how difficult it is to deal with such a matter to the satisfaction of all classes of the community. The use of the Bible as a textbook rests very largely with the various religious bodies and when they, or a large majority of their members, are united in their recommendation to the Government, we may expect to see this most desirable change in our school regulations. Viewed as literature merely, the authorized version of the scriptures is a well of English undefiled, a storehouse of wisdom and experience, a marvellous record of great deeds, sounding notes of the loftiest patriotism and high and heroic endeavour, containing poetry which has never been equalled in any tongue, holding up constant warnings against the consequences of national and individual wrong-doing, all clothed in English that cannot be surpassed. It.should be a cause of bewilderment and surprise that such a book should be excluded from the curriculum of any educational system.


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