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RELIGION, PATRIOTISM, BUSINESS, LAW, MEDICINE,
EDUCATION AND AGRICULTURE;
CONTAINING PORTRAITS OF SOME OF CANADA'S CHIEF BUSINESS MEN, STATESMEN, FARMERS, MEN OF THE
LEARNED PROFESSIONS, AND OTHERS, ALSO, AN AUTHENTIC
SKETCH OF THEIR LIVES.
OBJECT LESSONS FOR THE PRESENT GENERATION AND
EXAMPLES TO POSTERITY.
REV. WM. COCHRANE, D.D.,
AUTHOR OF "FUTURE PUNISHMENT, OR DOES DEATH END PROBATION," "THE CHURCH AND THE COMMONWEALTH,"
"THE PROPER STUDY OF MANKIND IS MAN.”
BRADLEY, GARRETSON & Co.,
Ref446715 ARVARD COLLEGE
MAY 16 1898
TT is now the privilege of the editor to introduce to the public volume II. of this series 1 of Canadian Art Biographies. In doing so, he congratulates the publishers, on the
success they have had in the circulation of the former volume, and on the general satisfaction it has given. The production of two such volumes, is unique in Canadian literature. Leaving others to judge the merits of the literary part of the work, it must be conceded that from a mechanical and an artistic standpoint, it is unequalled by any Canadian publication.
The engravings are produced on copper plates and the portraits are in the highest style of the art. The books are printed on coated paper, which contributes largely to the excellent finish of the engravings, and the clearness of the letter press. The binding too, is not only artistic, and the design of the covers emblematic of the Dominion, but it is at the same time, substantial and durable, and thus we have as nearly as art and mechanism can produce “a thing of beauty and a joy forever.” Our country is to be congratulated in that she is able to produce such a publication, two volumes of which are now accessible to the public. Nearly eleven hundred faces greet us here, and every class of our representative men may be seen from these pages. The vast amount of labor involved in gathering the facts and in writing so many biographies, can easily be imagined, but there are few who understand the enormous expense incurred in producing the work.
The plan adopted for the distribution of the first three volumes, is worthy of notice. Volume I. takes in Western Ontario, while volume II. is made up of men from the Province of Quebec and for the most part of Eastern Ontario, there being in this volume comparatively few faces from Ontario West. It is now intended that volume III. shall contain other representative men from Quebec and Ontario, also take in a part of the Maritime Provinces, while the balance of that volume will likely be devoted to the Western part of the Dominion. Future volumes will be similarly arranged, until this art biographical directory is complete. Thus it will be seen that THE CANADIAN ALBUM is doing its part to link the various provinces into one harmonious whole, and doubtless its circulation will contribute largely to the creation of that national sentiment, which is so difficult of realization, in a widely scattered country like Canada.
It is not easy to estimate the good influence in this direction, of a thousand portraits and as many pen pictures of that number of the best known men of Ontario, scattered in ten thousand or more homes, throughout the Dominion, and an equally proportioned number of portraits and pen pictures of the representative men of each of the other provinces similarly scattered throughout the land. But this is the task which the publishers have assumed, and this is the good work they are doing. The enterprise is costly and arduous, but it is making progress and succeeding beyond expectation, their efforts being generously seconded by the leading men of the country.
With this explanation, we commit volume II. to the public to join its predecessor, in carrying out the mission indicated in the introduction to the first volume, and in the sentiments to which we have just given expression.
tion, and subsequently president of the National Conservative Association of the Province of Quebec. He was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1888, and resigned his seat in 1889 to run for Dorchester, and was elected by acclamation. Although a Conservative, he supported the Mercier adininistration. In 1890, he was a candidate for the same constituency, and defeated Mr. Bernier by a majority of 955. Mr. Pelletier seceded from Mr. Mercier on account of his inability to endorse the latter's management of public affairs. Finally, Mr. Mercier's government was overthrown and a Conservative administration was formed, of which Mr. Pelletier is now member, having been sworn in as Provincial Secretary on the 22nd day of December, (1891). At the general elections which ensued, honorable Mr. Pelletier was
re-elected by a majority of HE HON. LOUIS PHILIPPE fourteen hundred votes, his opponent 1 PELLETIER, M.P.P., Quebec, getting about one-sixth of the total Que., was born at Trois Pistoles, coun- number cast. At Laval University, he ty of Temiscouata, Quebec. He was won the medal of the Marquis of Lorne, educated at the college of Ste. Anne, a piece of solid gold, worth three hunand at Laval University; called to the dred dollars, offered to the most sucBar in 1880, and was married on the cessful student, by the Governor Genewith of January, 1883, to Miss Adèle ral of the Dominion of Canada. The Lelièvre. When only 24 years of age, young and able Provincial Secretary is and with only two years' practice, he one of the cleverest barristers of Quewas required to act as Crown Prosecu- bec, has more than ordinary executive tor for the province, and discharged his ability, and is at the head of the legal duties with such marked ability, that firm of Pelletier & Fontaine, a law office he soon came under the notice of the of first-class standing and of wide repuelectorate. He was president of the tation. He is a forcible debater, and a Club Cartier, a Conservative organiza- power in the House of Assembly.