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Entered scoording to the Act of the Parliament of Oanada, in the year one thousand

eight hundred and seventy-seven, by MAOLEAB & Co., Toronto, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture

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PREFACE.

An old friend of mine, Mr. Joseph Hatton, writing in Tinsley's Magazine says :-“Still at the bottom of all thought and speculation as to the future, there is a strong layer of old English sentiment outside the Province of Quebec. The great pioneers of Canada, the English and the Scotch look across the broad waters of the Atlantic, and think of home. They feel proud of the flag which is not only to them a national symbol, but a link between the far-off settlement and the churchyard where their forefathers sleep beyond the sea.” Scarcely anybody in England knows anything of Canadian history, and Mr. Hatton cannot be blamed for not being aware that the majority of people in Ontario, as compared with other nationalities, are Irish. The population of Ontario is 1,620,831 : of these 559,442 are Irish, 328,889 Scotch, 439,429 English ; and in the four Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Irish number 846,414, as compared with 706,369 English, and 549,946 Scotch. The Irishman was here as early as others; he fought against the wilderness as well as others; his arm was raised against the invading foe as well as that of others; and when a man who was not Irish lifted the standard of revolt, and another who was not Irish betrayed his country and his flag, who more faithful,

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