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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
H. R. Keller.  The Reader’s Digest of Books.
The Man from Glengarry
Ralph Connor (1860–1937)
Man from Glengarry, The: A Tale of the Ottawa, by Ralph Connor (1901). This is a tale of the life among the Canadian lumbermen, of their toil in the great forests and their work of floating the timber down the rivers. The book opens with a vivid description of a fight between “Murphy’s gang” and that of Macdonald, at a tavern where the rival lumbermen are assembled. In this fight, “Black Hugh” Macdonald is fatally injured and one of the motives of the story is the subduing of his intense desire to be revenged upon his enemy Le Noir. His son Ranald Macdonald, “The Man from Glengarry,” takes up the feud and the author depicts the mental conflict which he undergoes before he rises to the height of saving the life of his mortal foe. The character of Mrs. Murray, the wife of the Scotch Presbyterian minister, is interestingly presented in the description of her religious influence over Ranald Macdonald and the other rough lumbermen, “a hundred of whom are ready to die for her.” The story traces the development of Ranald’s character from his introduction as a lad of seventeen years, at the tavern brawl, through many thrilling adventures in the woods and on the river, up to the time that he becomes the educated and successful manager of the British American Coal and Lumber Company. The religious element in the book is a strong one and predominates over that of the love theme. Ranald’s wild nature is strongly influenced by his love for the beautiful but ambitious Maimie St. Clair, whose life he saves, and who accepts his boyish devotion, but who later turns from him in order to make a brilliant match. Ranald in the end finds his true affinity in the loyal and sprightly Kate Raymond, Maimie St. Clair’s intimate friend. The story has much force and graphic quality and the picture of the sturdy Glengarry men, led by the moral and physical giant Macdonald Bhain, is truthful and convincing, as are the descriptions of life in the backwoods and on the river.  1

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