The fantastic events of 1926 showed Mackenzie King as a true political genius. With cunning, courage, wild chance and pure Canadianism he steered the sinking Liberal ship through a major scandal, a fight with the Governor-General and defeats in the House This bonus-length feature is condensed from Bruce Hutchison's new book, The Incredible Canadian, to be published later this month by Longmans, Green. In the next issue a final excerpt — Hutchison's personal appraisal and assessment of Mackenzie King — will be published.By BRUCE HUTCHISON
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Charlie Luther Burton decided to quit the law business in 1891, and his father walked him down Yonge Street. Toronto, on a job-hunting expedition. Yonge had but recently won from King Street its place as the city’s fashionable shopping district and mercantile history was even then incubating on this narrow muddy thoroughfare.By ERIC HUTTON
THE FIRST THING I did was to look it up on the map. I wanted to be sure that it was real. For the Saguenay is one of the world’s far-away places. It exists, it has always existed, as much in the mind as in fact. It is a land of fabulous wealth and beauty; the very word fabulous is dwarfed by its absolutely amazing industrial‘potential and its majestic scenery.By MARJORIE WILKINS CAMPBELL
IN THE history books of Canada there is an empty chapter so tantalizing in its mystery that scientists have devoted their lives to its solution. Who were the first Canadians? Where did they come from? Were they the immediate ancestors of the Indians, or were they an earlier race again?By FRED BODSWORTH
A BIG chestnut tree in front of the Herberts’ corner house spread its branches across the windows and sheltered it from the noisy new apartment house and its balconies across the street, where the Stanowskis lived with their Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian neighbors.By MORLEY CALLAGHAN
NEARLY four hundred veterans and their wives, fourteen hundred children, two hundred cats and dogs, scores of goldfish, dozens of budgereegahs and canaries, several parrots and a monkey live so felicitously at Benny Farm, a huge apartment development in Montreal’s suburb of Notre Dame de Grace, that they lay claim to the title of Canada’s cheeriest community.By McKENZIE PORTER
NOW THAT Canada’s best-loved governor-general has a new job—that of Defense Minister of Great Britain—you’d think his six Canadian years would fade into a vague memory. But it isn’t like that at all Viscount Alexander of Tunis often plans a fishing cabin in the Laurentide hills.By EYA-LIS WUORIO
WHEN Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent visited London a couple of years ago Canada House held a reception for him. Among the many Canadian and British guests were the then Prime Minister Clement Attlee and two young Canadians. Bernard Braden and Barbara Kelly. They had been making thirty thousand a year in Canadian radio in 1949 when they decided to go to Britain.By LISA RAMSAY
IF MEMORY lasts that long you may recall that my last letter was written from Dornoch, the county town of Sutherlandshire in Scotland. Now I am back in London, which is a county in itself, but it is hard to throw off the impressions and the memories of that visit to the Highlands.By Berverley Baxter
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