By E. C. FARRELL
THE STORY OF CANADA, by Donald Creighton (Faber & Faber, 16s.).
TO too many people Canada is A still "the unknown country"a land of Mounties, wheat and snow. In a concise book of 280 pages, Donald Creighton. Professor of History at Toronto University, has furnished an excellent and exciting story of the rise of Canada -400 years of history told with sympathy, skill and deep understanding. Here for the student, the enquiring mind. the ordinary reader who wants to know more of a great Dominion, is an informative book at a reasonable price. From Jacques Carrier's voyage of discovery of the St. Lawrence and Champlain's exploration of New France, Professor Creighton guides us skilfully through the rapids of the struggle for power between France and Britain in North America. a struggle finally decided in 1763 by the Treaty of Paris. To its great credit Britain acted with wisdom and magnanimity towards the French in Canada, and the Quebec Act strengthened the position of the Church and established government by council in which Catholics might take part. This wisdom was soon to be underlined when the American revolutionaries invaded Canada, captured Montreal, and called on all to throw off the yoke of Britain. Quebec stood firm, broke the armies of Benedict Arnold and General Montgomery and saved the day. The stories of the United Empire Loyalists, the race for the Pacific North-West, the Hudson's Bay saga, the birth of Confederation and the desperate gamble of the Canadian Pacific Railway. right up to the present day of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker; all the developments are carefully linked in the chain which now stretches proudly from the Atlantic to the Pacific.