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The critical illness of His Majesty. The speech by His Excellency the Governor-General of Canada as he was about to lay down the insignia of his office. The Toronto newspapers. A word on behalf of good literature in its most strenuous form in the present day. Asking what Canada is trying to do in regard to this great subject. What part Canada is going to take in the literature of the Empire. The speaker's impression that Canada is on the verge of a wonderful and amazing development in regard to literature; his belief that Canadian writers within the next few years will make such contributions to the literature of the Empire that will be a source of amazement to us all. Why Canadian writers have not come to the front sooner.