A TALE OF THE SELKIRKS
by Ralph Connor
I think I have met "Ralph Conner." Indeed, I am sure I have--once in a canoe on the Red River, once on the
Assinaboine, and twice or thrice on the prairies to the West. That was not the name he gave me, but, if I am
right, it covers one of the most honest and genial of the strong characters that are fighting the devil and doing
good work for men all over the world. He has seen with his own eyes the life which he describes in this book,
and has himself, for some years of hard and lonely toil, assisted in the good influences which he traces among
its wild and often hopeless conditions. He writes with the freshness and accuracy of an eye-witness, with the
style (as I think his readers will allow) of a real artist, and with the tenderness and hopefulness of a man not
only of faith but of experience, who has seen in fulfillment the ideals for which he lives.
The life to which he takes us, though far off and very strange to our tame minds, is the life of our brothers.
Into the Northwest of Canada the young men of Great Britain and Ireland have been pouring (I was told),
sometimes at the rate of 48,000 a year. Our brothers who left home yesterday--our hearts cannot but follow
them. With these pages Ralph Conner enables our eyes and our minds to follow, too; nor do I think there is
any one who shall read this book and not find also that his conscience is quickened. There is a warfare
appointed unto man upon earth, and its struggles are nowhere more intense, nor the victories of the strong, nor
the succors brought to the fallen, more heroic, than on the fields described in this volume.
GEORGE ADAM SMITH.
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