Excerpt from The Canadian Album, 1894, Vol. 3: Men of Canada, or Success by Example, in 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
In order that this ideal may be reached, at least approximately, the churches will be canvassed both in cities and towns, and also in rural districts, for the men who are deemed worthy Of a place in these pages, and whose portraits and biographies are most likely to be of interest and value to the present and future generations.
It has been found, as was to be expected, that with few exceptions, the representative men of the country are either officials, members or adherents of some religious body. In Canada, whatever may be said of the defects of churches, the Church is the rallying place for the men who are carrying on the affairs Of State, from the Dominion Parliament and Local Legislature, down to the smallest village council, and from our leading universities, down to the humble country school. The Church is the home of the men who are engaged in the moral and religious elevation of the masses, and in initiating and carrying on those measures of social reform which are necessary in every civilized country.
It will be found, therefore, that the pages of these volumes are largely taken up with representative members of churches and their pastors. In succeeding volumes it will, doubtless, be very much the same, so that when the publication is completed it will embrace nearly all the clergymen of the Dominion, with many of their co-workers, and other represent ative men, a fact which makes it Of almost priceless value, not only in the present but in future years. The editor bespeaks for the publishers, in their arduous and costly undertaking, the hearty co-operation of the representative men in our churches, in helping to select the men who ought to be chronicled in its pages.
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