Chronicles of Barabbas, 1884-1934

Chronicles of Barabbas, 1884-1934

Chronicles of Barabbas, 1884-1934

Chronicles of Barabbas, 1884-1934

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This is not in any sense an autobiography. Heaven forbid! Rather it is an effort to make some simple records of an active publishing life extending over exactly half a century, beginning with a conventional and somewhat uninspiring period in the eighties of the last century, passing through the Golden Age of publishing of the late nineties and the first fifteen years of the nineteen-hundreds, coming up to the present time, when the great profession of publishing has measurably degenerated into a business of mass production where each highly enterprising publisher of the new era seeks by advertisement and other ultra- modern methods to outyell his contemporaries of this new dispensation.

Without labouring through the pangs of childbirth, the fatuous years of school, high school, and college, or the growing-pains of adolescence, a little touch of personal background may illuminate the picture as a whole. My antecedents, as far back as the records go, were all Irish--Dorans, Olivers, Drennans, Kennedys, Kidds, Gilmours, Cookes, Wilsons--all North of Ireland people whose forbears either came from Scotland at the time of the persecution of the Convenanters in their search for freedom of worship or, as my remote ancestors came, as exiled Huguenots from the Latin countries of Europe. These all became a part of that great zealous religious movement which made the county of Ulster the home of the most militant Presbyterianism in the history of religion the world over, accepting with complacency the damnation of infants and all other of the Calvin dogmas. So I was brought up in the tradition of the Battle of the Boyne (1690), to the strident airs of the fife-and-drum bands of the Loyal Order of Orange-

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