Excerpt from Canadian Nationality, the Cry of Labor: And Other Essays
Canadian nationality assimilate under hap pier conditions all European thought, using it wisely to smooth and develop the rugged Canadian character, born Of mountains and rivers, and the stringent need to l... abor.
Let us fear to become a nation where the vast wealth of a few individuals will develop that extreme luxury which is now the dis grace Of the United States. It was the opulence of Rome that made her an easy prey for the Goths in 479. The luxury of the Persians made Salamis and Marathon possible. The golden armor of the Persian guard did not [keep back the victorious Greeks, who in their turn succumbed to the pernicious in¿uences of Eastern luxury. It is labor that creates a nation, lays the foun dation Of every art, of all trades and proies sions. Character is not primarily formed by what people read, but rather by what they see, feel, and have to do. The struggle for existence on the Banks Of Newfoundland, in the pine woods of the Ottawa, on the slopes of the St. Lawrence, along the foot hills Of the Rockies, and in the fertile plain Of the Assiniboine and Saskatchewan teaches and informs.14 canadian nationality.
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