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(I) Recommended on condition (1) That that the work be corrected to date; (2) That a map of the Province of Quebec, showing present boundaries, and a map of the Dominion of Canada, showing bounds of the New Provisional Districts, be inserted; and (3) That the price remain at 65 cents. Geographical Readers.. .Chambers.
....The Holy Scriptures.
McLear's Old & New Test.
MacMillan & Co...
.... Miles' Child's Hist. of Canada. Dawsons..
Todhunter's Alg. for Beginners.
.Grafton & Sons.
MacMillan & Co... 1.00
Oral Exercises, Pts. 1, 2, 3, 4,
Drysdale Co. ... .05 & .10 ca
Fasquelle's Intro. Fr. Gram.... Dawsons
Collar & Daniel's 1st Latin Bk. Ginn & Co..
Physiology... The Making of the Body (Bar
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Prang's System of Drawing.
Music...... Curwen's Tonic Sol-Fa Series.. Curwen & Sons.
Tonic Sol-Fa Series
Bayley & Ferguson.
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Writing.. See Class I.
Arithmetic... Graded Arth., Pts. 3 and 4. ... Grafton & Sons. .15 & .25
Hamblin Smith's Arith.
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High School Book-keeping
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Geography....High School Geog..
Davis' Physical Geog.
.Can. Pub. Co
Hinman's Phys. Geog.
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Larousse's Fr. Gram., Prem.
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Van Der Smissen's H. S. Gram. Copp, Clark Co....
White's First Greek Book..... Ginn & Co...
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Xenophon's Anabasis Adapted
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Agriculture..First Lessons in the Scientific
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Restrictions (1). The headlines in Grafton's series of copy books are to be amended so as to be satisfactory to the text-book committee.
(2). The binding of the First Lessons in Scientific Agriculture must be improved so as to be satisfactory to the text-book committee.
Apart from the subjects of writing and drawing, the textbooks are arranged in each department in order of merit according to the opinion of the text-book committee.
Moved by Professor Kneeland, seconded by Inspector McGregor,
That the Secretary of the Protestant Committee be instructed to prepare à circular to be sent to all SecretaryTreasurers of Boards of School Commissioners and Trustees, setting forth their rights and duties in relation to textbooks and other kindred subjects, and suggesting that they consult the Inspector of elementary schools in making their selection of books for use in the schools under their control.
On motion of Dr. Peterson the Honorable Justice Lynch was added to the standing committee on Text-books.
The standing committee on Legislation then submitted the following report:
PROTESTANT COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
The sub-committee on Legislation beg to report as follows:
As soon as it was announced that the programme of the Government for the session of 1899 would include an "Education Act," steps were taken to secure copies of the Bill without delay, but this was only possible after the Bill had been introduced. Through the prompt action of Mr. Parmalee, English Secretary of the Department, and the kindness of the Hon. H. Thomas Duffy, the Chairman received two copies on Friday, the 20th January, the day after the printed Bill was laid before the House, but after it had been brought in pro-forma, and a first and second reading had taken place.
No time was lost in calling the members of the subcommittee together, and on Monday, the 23rd, a meeting was held, the only absentee being the Hon. Mr. Lynch, who was unfortunately unable to attend.
A careful but somewhat hasty examination of those portions of the Bill in which the committee are specially in
terested was made, and it was found that many clauses considered objectionable in the previous Bill had been struck out or modified, while some new clauses had been introduced tending to improve the character of the Bill and make clear some of the clauses which were before somewhat vague and indefinite. In consequence of the shortness of the time at their disposal, the main object of the sub-committee was to limit their examination to those portions only of the Bill which, being administrative, come directly under the purview of the committee.
The clause in the former Bill which transferred the sums coming from the Marriage Licenses of Protestants to be apportioned amongst poor municipalities has been changed materially and now reads as follows:-"The sums paid over to the Provincial Treasurer shall be by him an nually paid over to the Superintendent.........to be ap. portioned under the authority of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, with the recominendation of the Protestant Committee among the Protestant institutions of superior education, or Protestant poor municalities, or both, etc."
This gives a discretionary power to the Protestant Committee.
Your sub-committee, though approving generally of the Bill, felt it incumbent on them to make certain suggestions to the Government, and in order to facilitate discussion and render clear their meaning, drew up these suggestions under nine heads, each member of the sub-committee taking three.
An arrangement was made for a meeting with the Cabinet through the kind assistance of the Honorable H. T. Duffy, and on Tuesday morning, the 24th January, the members of your sub-committee were courteously received by the Premier and several Cabinet Ministers.
The Chairman took the three following topics:
1st. An increase in the Government grant to elementary schools.
2nd. Amendment of article 30 of the Education Act, so as to provide for the audit of the books of secretary-treasurers by the school inspectors.
3rd. A letter of L. H. Davidson, Esq., D.C.L., regarding moral and religious qualifications of school commissioners. As to the first, some discussion took place, but the only difficulty raised was on the score of the of the Provincial
finances. The Premier, however, reminded the sub-committee that an extra sum of $50,000 had been granted for primary education, but that it was impossible for the Government to do more until the finances of the Province were brought into a more satisfactory condition than they are in at present. As to the second the Chairman drew attention to several clauses in the Bill, describing the duties of the Superintendent as regards the examination of the accounts and of the financial condition of the school municipalities; the duties of the secretary-treasurers, the difficulties of obtaining competent officers, the duties of the inspectors in such cases; and urged that as a matter of principle all outlay of public money should be accompanied by a proper system of audit undertaken by a competent auditor.
The third matter was contained in a letter to the Chairman from Dr. L. H. Davidson, of Montreal, advocating the necessity of some remedy against the appointment of persons of immoral character as commissioners or trustees.
The letter of Dr. Davidson was placed in the hands of the Secretary of the Department for the information of the Government.
Dr. Shaw brought the next three matters before the attention of the Government, viz:-1. The taxing of joint stock companies, in which he recommended that in the case of Montreal such taxes should be divided between the two school boards by the action of the managing boards of said companies.
2nd. Sanitary regulations, in reference to which he recommended that school boards be authorized to frame and enforce sanitary regulations, provided they be in harmony with the regulations of the Provincial Board of Health.
3rd. Free text-books, in which matter he recommended that the share of grant for this purpose coming to the Protestant schools should be administered by the Protestant Committee for the improvement of the Protestant elementary schools.
Mr. Ames then proceeded to lay the three last suggestions before the Ministers :
1. That in cases of the joint ownership of property the division of the contribution levied thereon should be divided according to the religion of the several partners.
2. That the reports submitted to the Government by