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BOOK V. The Distinguished Orators of Canada
countries have been confined to those inhab
ited by English-speaking peoples. N0 citizen of the Spanish-American republics seems to have won a world-wide reputation in this art. Though many of them may have breathed “words that burn," their thoughts have not fiamed high enough to be visible afar. In our selections, therefore, we are confined to the two commonwealths, the United States and Canada. \Vhile the history of the former has been marked by great exigencies that called forth noble efforts of oratorical art, the, same may be said of the latter. The history of the Dominion, indeed, has been wrought out with no such mighty conflicts as that of the slavery question, leading to civil war; but it has not passed without its conflicts, internal and external; its strenuous struggles, which were none the less vital from being confined to parliamentary halls, were fought out by able statesmen and orators instead of by the heroes of the tented field. Canada has its Union as has the United States, and it has had to withstand provincial feeling and threats of secession. It has had its bitterness of racial jealousy, its insurrectionary outbreaks, its religious heartburnings, its struggle between British and American tendencies and influences. Fortunately, the voice of the orator, the wise counsel of the statesman, have healed these dissensions without recourse to harsher measures. An author of the Dominion says: “Canada only needs to be known in order to be great," and foremost among those who have helped to make her great are her orators.
THE finer examples of oratory in the American