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302 The Indian Advocate.
associates, must always be careful to avoid condemning, or even venturing an opinion upon subjects with which they are not thoroughly acquainted, and in which their prejudice plays a more conspicuous part than their knowledge. It does not take long for them to make this state of their mental condi tion evident to some of their associates, at least, and this done, it will not take long for others to share this knowledge, and the teacher's standing is impaired for life. The "fad-worshiper" is not an honest teacher. He is nar row, sees but one thing at a time, and that darkly, and, too often, imagines that what he does not know, or has not heard of, does not exist. Even his "fad" has but a slight hold upon him, for he soon abandons it for another, and flatters his vanity with the idea that in so doing he is giving evidence of being "progressive." Within what a narrow circle would our lives run were we confined by the paltry measure of our own seeing and doing! We should see to it, therefore, that no narrowing, belittling motive be permitted a place in the minds or to influence the efforts of those who teach or of those who are being taught, s but that the hearts of our rising generation be filled with high and noble aspirations aspirations that lead to a proper con ception of the duties of man to man, and of man to God. We should see to it that our children be instructed for the great end for which they were created, and also that they may per form their part in the great drama of earthly life in the manner God intended they should, in proportion to the talent He has given them. This rule being followed, we shall have no need to fear the coming generation. Science and religion will walk hand in hand, as they must when they understand each other. Fidelity to the laws of God will beget and strengthen fidelity to the laws of country. Fidelity to both these will beget fidelity to public trust, and place Education true education "i- on the lofty pedestal she is intended to occupy. God has given us light and He has also given us eyes to see it. He