jHE making of History in quiet and scattered
sections of our Country is of slow growth. Our
historical life is of so recent date that when portrayed
it seenis trivial and nnimportant.
We sometimes read of the daily life and doings in
an English parish, five or mnore centuries ago, a record
that hes come down to our times in the diary of some
good parish priest or the brother dwelling in the old
monastery; we have a kindly memory for the writery
who has given to us a picture of society that has long
since passed away.
Those old annalists builded history better than
they knew. In our democratic age those old records
are valuable; as hiatory does not alone consist in the
records of courts and camps, and in descriptions of
wars too often waged only for power or plunder.
The struggles of our farly settlers, the diffictulties
and hardships they met and overcame; their moral
characters and their religious tone, are to us of
especial interest-what Gray has so aptly called
" The short and simple annals of the poor."
Here we have no old recor(lds rtunning far away
into the centuries as are to be found in our mother-
land. And we have no history such as that we have
referred to. This year, at the World's Fair, at