the laudable desire of the Marquis of Lorne and the Princess Louise to stimu-
late a taste for art among tlie people ; and it is a very significani fact that there
are already several cases of young men who have ernbraced art as a profes-
sion, and have proceeded within a few months to the great schools ofEnrope to
obtain that thorough artistic training which can alone be found among the
master-pieces of modern and ancient painting and sculpture. It is a signifi-
cantfact, which should be mentioned in this connection, that the value of the
paintings and engravings of a good class annually brought into the country
now amounts to over ?100,000, all of which are imported free, with the view
of affording as much encouragement as possible to so desirable an agency
of cultture. Thie foregoing facts are but a few arong the evidences that can
now be seen in Canada to prove the progress of art, literature and science in a
country the greater portioli of which, a half-centulry ago, was a solitude odf
rirer and forest, with a population of'less than a million,"
Now what is meant by saying that Opera Houses are " handsome in
appearance." Handsome in appearance means that they are apparently
handsome, and what is the nieaning of saying a concrete object is ap-
parently handsome ? If it is handsome, it is handsome. I suppose
Mr. Bourinot does not mean that the Opera Houses are like Mr. Bouri-
not, consummate frauds, handsome in appearance, but in reality ugly.
I shall have by and by to speak of the poverty of Mr. Bourinot's
vocabulary. Note the cacophonous use of "significant fact " above.
Perhaps you had better not. I wish you to reserve all your capacity "
of wonder for the last sentence. Try and take in the idea conveyed in
the following words: " a solitude of river and forest with a population of
less than a million." ! ! !
When you have recovered from this you can note other rhetorical
Does the gentle reader think we shall find no more plums in this
pudding ? On page 22 our author writes:
" If there are any who wish to study the social characteristics of the
Canadians, let them do something more than rush through the Dominion,
and live only in hotels."
This word only makes him say the reverse of what he desires. He
actually tells them that they must do something more than rush through
the Dominion, and that they must live only in hotels, whereas what h?
desires to say, is that they must not live entirely in hotels, but must see
something of that Canadian life which hotel society does not embrace.
I wish now to point out the extraordinary poverty of Mr. Bourinot's
vocabulary. I will not take many cases. I will content myself with
one. Take the verb " to illustrate." This is used eleven times in the
course of this short pamphlet, and the noun " illustration " three times, |