Anecdotal Life of Sir John MacDonald

Anecdotal Life of Sir John MacDonald

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ... by a large majority--to remain in power up to the day of his death. Just after the elections he went down to Quebec to bid an official good-bye to one of the ablest and most popular Governor-Generals Canada ever had--Lord Dufferin. While here he was pressed to attend a meeting and give an address, which he consented to do. He expressed his regret that he could not address them well in the French language--the language of his great friend, his "alter ego," who had been called his Siamese twin--Sir George E. Cartier. He (Sir John) considered himself an English-speaking Frenchman, as Sir George E. Cartier considered himself a French-speaking Englishman. After the elections just over it was impossible to find a Rouge in Quebec or a Grit in Ontario, even if a reward were offered for them, so complete was the victory. The Grits were like the Dodo--extinct. A story was told in Toronto of two Grits or Rouges--for they are as much alike as a crocodile and an alligator--who met the day after the election. One of them said to the other, "Didn't you Grits get a good licking?" and his companion replied, "Yes, didn't they!" You might know the Grits now by their wearing longer faces than anybody else. It was said that the Hon. George Brown, editor of the Globe, of whom they had all heard, had gone three times a week to the same barber for twenty years, always paying him ten cents to be shaved. On the morning after the election, however, the barber demanded fifteen cents instead of ten, because he had never seen his face so long before. CHAPTER XXII. 'Tis well that man to all the varying states Of good and ill his mind accommodates.--Crabbt. WORDS OF WISDOM AND PATRIOTISM--SIR JOHN'S SERIOUS SAYINGS. It must not be inferred...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959841
  • 9781236959843