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The thought of this subject precipitated by a criticism from a weekly journalist of Toronto. A defence. The loyalty of the local press as a community's best asset. The Press as the star of empire that westward pointed the Canadian way. The "Gazette." A brief review of Canada's history as regard the Press. The battles of the editors as the life of the towns in times past. The less-than-ideal business side of journalism in the past. A description of the time when publishers made journeys by sleigh for days together, gathering subscriptions and advertising, and making collections. The papers, having but one writer each, were dull in their absences, but brightened after their return through "sketches by the way." The era of the Grand Trunk and a host of less prominent men of vigour, of action and intellect, who elevated journalism, gave it a system, eliminated the degrading personal element, and made news a prompt and far-reaching feature. The Kingston "Whig" as the first all-the-year round daily. Political campaigns yielding to the fourth estate, when either the rising or the dominant party had a presentable case. Ways in which the Press can make or unmake leaders; an illustrative instance. Journalism becoming more and more a profession rather than a calling. The Canadian press now an independent press, though very devoted to party. Distinguished politicians who were reporters in early life. The success of various Canadian journals and newspapers. Canada sustaining many worthy literary workers. A good rule, a national service, to patronize every Canadian book of merit, and thus materially help our country and inspire our thoughts and actions. The unity of the country in large measure resting upon the reserve, dignity and independence of the secular press, and upon the broadening spirit of a highly creditable religious press.