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The Canadian Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Canadian Men

Preface

In undertaking the publication of this Encyclopedia of Eminent Canadian Men, the Publishers are guided by two business principles: First, the belief that they are supplying a public need; and second, the conviction that they will be able to supply the best work on the subject. 

The belief that the work is needed is founded on the fact that the world worships success, and is glad to learn how it has been brought about. The truth of this is shown in the fact that if a man be poor, though he have the learning of a Blackstone, the genius of a Watt, or the patient perseverance of a Goodyear, yet, until he has achieved success, mankind has no interest in his history. His aspirations, his anxieties, and his heart struggles, may have an interest for beings of higher intelligence, but for the mass of mankind, these have no charms. But if by some cunning device, by some daring enterprise, or after long struggles and perseverance, he acquire a fortune, then the reluctant world is lavish in its admiration, his history is full of interest, and every one is anxious to know how he achieved success. Read more...

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