The Unknown Country, Canada and Her People

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Foreword

At the start this book had a plan, but the writer soon forgot it and is confident the reader will not discover it. Perhaps that does not matter. This is not a guide book or a travel book. The reader who tried to follow its broken and casual journeyings across Canada would certainly lose himself. No attempt is made to cover the whole of the country, and vast stretches of it are deliberately left out. This book is an attempt rather to give the stranger a general glimpse of the surface of Canada and something of the substance, the people, the problems, the history, and the future beneath the surface. It is not a student's book, but the facts of Canadian life, as given here, will stand up, even if there are some slips in detail. It is written to provide not an academic investigation but what Cartier called the "ready way to Canada," or at least an easy way. It is written in the belief, reinforced by much traveling among them, that Canadians and Americans really know very little about Canada; that Canada is, among the important nations of the world, the least known in its real content; that the future relations between Canada and the United States will inevitably form one of the basic factors of world politics; and that these relations are widely misunderstood and often misrepresented. If the reader knows even a little more of Canada after reaching the end of this book, the job will have been worth doing, and the original plan well lost.

-vii-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • My Country 3
  • Chapter One - Chez Garneau 6
  • Mother of Canada 21
  • Canadian Spring 43
  • Chapter Three - The Wood Choppers 46
  • Letter from Montreal to Young Lady With Violets 61
  • Chapter Four - Ville Marie 64
  • The Tower 77
  • Chapter Five - Three O'Clock, Ottawa Time 79
  • Leaves Falling, Dead Men Calling 107
  • Chapter Six - Made in Canada 110
  • The Ready Way to Canada 129
  • Chapter Seven - The Wedge 132
  • Mrs. Noggins 155
  • Chapter Eight General Brock's Bloody Hill 158
  • Winter 179
  • Chapter Nine - Wood, Wind, Water 182
  • The Names of Canada 209
  • Chapter Ten - Sailors' Town 211
  • The Queer Lady 219
  • Chapter Eleven - The Home Town 222
  • The Trees 231
  • Chapter Twelve - Fundy's Children 234
  • The Geese 247
  • Chapter Thirteen - The Frontiersman 249
  • The Canadian 269
  • Chapter Fourteen - The Men in Sheepskin Coats 272
  • Father's Plow 289
  • Chapter Fifteen - Drought and Glut 292
  • Never Go Back 309
  • She's Quiet Tonight 329
  • Chapter Seventeen - The Lotus Eaters 332
  • The Buckskin 351
  • Chapter Eighteen - Cariboo Road 353
  • Index 375
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