I FEEL sure that many readers, like myself, must have welcomed the sentiments expressed by Prof. Armstrong, in his article on this subject which appeared in your issue of November 26. It seems to me a duty of teachers to protest against the growing tendency there seems to be of putting forward the crude hypotheses of the ionist school, as though they had the same claim to acceptance as well established scientific laws, about which no reasonable doubt exists. So far from this being the case, the arguments commonly advanced in support of this theory seem to consist mainly of the misapplication of physical laws to a few carefully selected cases, aided by plausible but misleading assertions.
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