THE SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF
CANADA.-A LITERARY FRAUD.
BY NICHOLAS FLOOD DAVIN.
On going a few days ago into Mr. Durie's shop, I saw
on the counter apamphlet entitled " Canada as a grome." The subject
is one which has always been full of interest for me. I glanced through
the pamphlet. I found to my surprise in almost every sentence gross
grammatical blunders; blunders such, that if they appeared in an emi-
gration pamphlet, the author would not be allowed to again show his
face in the Department of Agriculture. I turned to the title-page of
" Canada as a Homee " and read:
" By John George Bourinot, the Clerk ofthe Canadian House of Commons,
Fellow of the Statistical Society of London and of the Royal Colonial Institute,
Honorary Secretary of the Royal Societv of Canada, &c.`'
I laughed, and found myself humming a line of Canning's which I
" Smudge's diamonds and his dirty shirt."
Here were these worthless decorations on the cover of a pamphlet
in which there is not a line which does not contain offences against
literary taste, and in which, I repeat, it is hard to find a sentence without
grammatical blunders, for which a school-boy of eleven years of age
would be disgraced. As one should expect, there is a looseness of
thought corresponding to the imbecility of language.
On page 5 we read:-
" Quebec and Port Royal were in existence when the Puritan piotneers
were toiling among the rocks of New England. But ever since Canada became
a dependency of Great Britain, her progress has been niore or less retarded by
the tact of her close neighborhood to the American Republic."
Here it is implied that contiguity to the American Republic has
been inimical to Canada's progress, only because she is a dependency of
Great Britain. What does he mean ? If Canada were a dependency of
France would this contiguity not have operated in the same way?
On the same page we read
I" A stranger to Canada and her resources would naturally suppose on re-
vising the statistics of emigration in the past, that there must be some radical
weakness in the political institutions of the Dominiiion, some illiberality in its