The Unknown Country, Canada and Her People

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CHAPTER TEN
Sailors' Town

The Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George III, was an urgent, stubborn, and prolific young man. He lived for years with a lady of his choice and without any legal recognition of his household. He married, and begat Queen Victoria. He scattered fortresses and defense works from Quebec to Gibraltar like a farmer sowing seed. But his most notable job of work, the thing he enjoyed best, was the city of Halifax. It looks, somehow, exactly like its godfather.

He did not build Halifax, of course, but this last of the great Georgians seemed to leave not only his own image, but the stout, dingy, and genial image of a whole age upon this Canadian city, so far from home. It has a Georgian look of square old brown stone houses and fanlight windows, and narrow Georgian streets, and neat little squares and parks laid out with the stiff precision of a Georgian nosegay, and fine old churches, where eminent worshipers used to sit in long coats and skin-tight pants, graciously accepting God into the very best society.

Halifax looks like a Georgian countess living in reduced circumstances in a run-down mansion, still fond of a touch of gin and a pinch of snuff. It looks like the spirit of Madame Julie de St. Laurent, Kent's faithful paramour (long dead of heartbreak), brooding there on the shore, waiting for the royal lover to come back to her.

But that is Halifax only in its domestic life, in its over-

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The Unknown Country, Canada and Her People
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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