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Kirtley F. Mather, professor of Geology, yesterday lashed out at public bus service for parochial school children.

Speaking at a Boston Harvard Club forum, Mather said that the matter "cuts to the very fundamentals of American democracy." He termed such bus service "the thin edge of a wedge which, if driven further, will wreck the basic foundation of our republic."

With Mather in opposing such bus service was the Rev. Dr. Emory Stevens Bucke, editor of the Zions Herald, a Methodist publication. Former State Senator Edward M. Rowe and Governor's Councillor Patrick M. McDonough spoke in favor of existing free transportation.

McDonough Also Speaks

McDonough labelled the fear that free bus transportation to parochial school children will endanger the principle of operation of church and state "groundless and irrational."

"If bus transportation is authorized," said McDonough, "it should be for all children."

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