The Unknown Country, Canada and Her People

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CHAPTER SEVEN
The Wedge

Between Lake Huron on the west, Lakes Erie and Ontario on the south, and the Ottawa River system on the north, a ragged Canadian wedge juts southward, across the forty-ninth parallel of latitude, deep into the United States.

It is physically almost an island, surrounded by lake and river. Economically it is still more insular behind a Chinese wall of tariffs. Spiritually it is isolated from the rest of Canada. Yet it is the very core and hub of Canada.

Here beats its great industrial heart, with the steady beat of forges, factories, and arsenals. Here breathes steadily its lung, sucking commerce through river and canal. Here also is the stomach, absorbing nourishment from the rest of the country with ravenous appetite. Here is the chief nerve ganglion of electrical power. At the top of the wedge is the nation's brain in Ottawa.

To this vital organic region, you might almost say, the rest of Canada forms but the extremities, supplying the food, digesting the products. Cut the wedge out of Canada, run the boundary straight along the forty-ninth parallel, and Canada's heart stops beating, it suffocates and collapses.

In economic power, in money, in politics, in population, the wedge of Ontario is the true center of Canada. Yet in some ways it is the least typical part of the country. Most of us in the west came from there originally and scattered everywhere, but we can never return. Our birthplace is forever a stranger to us and its people not of our ways. Why, we do not rightly

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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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