The Return of Blue Pete by Luke Allan

A swiftly moving story of the Great Northwest.

Author: Luke Allan
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,734 / 184 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 471
Added to site: 2008.04.30 20706

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Canadian Literature

in those other brutes, beats me.”

He could hear her moving about her room, sliding drawers, lifting and dropping the implements of her evening toilet.

“Not another woman in a hundred miles,” he grumbled, “at least not one that matters. And yet I got to go through this waiting every night!”

She laughed, her mouth full of the coil of her hair.

His eye moved upward from the camp and settled on one lone shack that crowned a promontory overlooking the ugly scene below.

“Koppy’s at home,” he called.

“Some day you’ll find out something about your underforeman,” she teased.

“I wish I could,” he returned so viciously that she laughed aloud.

“You’ve been wishing it a long time, but to date he seems innocent enough. You don’t need to care so long as he turns up to work every morning.”

“Innocent?” He snorted. “Them damn Poles can’t be innocent. Ever since them horses began to go– If we could only do without the damn heathen!”

“But you damn well can’t.

Why and how: a hand-book for the use of the W.C.T. unions in Canada by Addie Chisholm

A Temperance hand-book.

Author: Addie Chisholm
Language: English
Wordcount: 20,587 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.9
LoC Category: LT

Downloads: 265 1697

Genres: Non-fiction, Canadian Literature

ndencies of intemperance, believe it has become their duty, under the providence of God, to unite their efforts for its extinction.”

This is the thought that since then has nerved the W. C. T. U. women in every city, town and village of the neighboring States,– “Appalled at the tendencies and dangers of intemperance,” to combat this evil they have given their time and strength, their influence and their prayers.

For five years Mrs. Wittenmeyer presided over this society of earnest workers, and during this time contributed greatly to its success by her wise and loving counsel, endearing herself to the hearts of all.

In 1879 Miss Frances Willard was chosen president, and under her able administration and remarkable skill in leadership 100,000 women organized in unions are now marching onward to the goal of prohibition, bearing with them the hopes and prayers of many who would be in that procession if they could. We know that in the houses of many, even of the liquor sellers, sit pure women whose praye

The Red River Colony by Louis Aubrey Wood

Author: Louis Aubrey Wood
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,997 / 100 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63
LoC Category: PN
Series: Chronicles of Canada

Downloads: 827
Added to site: 2009.09.20 25333

Genres: History, Canadian Literature

e was but one escape. Behind the evicted tenantry were the sheep-walks; before them was the open sea. Few herrings came to the net; the bannock meal was low; the tartan threadbare. In their utter hopelessness they listened to the good news which came of a land beyond the {14} Atlantic where there was plenty and to spare. It is small wonder that as the ships moved westward they carried with them the destitute Highlander, bound for the colonies planted in North America.

This ‘expatriation’ was spread over many weary years. It was in full process in 1797, when Thomas Douglas became Lord Daer. His six elder brothers had been ailing, and one by one they had died, until he, the youngest, alone survived. Then, when his father also passed away, on May 24, 1799, he was left in possession of the ancestral estates and became the fifth Earl of Selkirk.

As a youngest son, who would have to make his own way in the world, Thomas Douglas had prepared himself, and this was a distinct advantage to him when his el

White Narcissus by Raymond Knister

A groundbreaking work of Canadian realism.

Author: Raymond Knister
Published: 1929
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,500 / 127 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.9
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 684
Added to site: 2008.02.27 20172
Genres: Fiction and Literature, Canadian Literature

ng to somebody, but I couldn’t just be sure. You must stay for tea. How’s–” She seemed to recall that he lived apart from relatives, that he had no near ones. “How’s everything in the city? It must be hot there! Well! It’s nice to have you come back and see us.” She nodded.

Richard Milne, in the polite replies permitted him at intervals, was conscious of a subdued reservation, like excitement coming unreasonably into his mind. It was impatience, he discovered. He wanted to cloak it in random conversation, discussion of country doings, anything. He could have tried to arrange some provision for a long stay, but he knew that Mrs Hymerson would be offended if he immediately proposed a definite arrangement. And then his uncertainty recalled that he did not know himself how long or in what manner he would be staying.


He had washed the grime from hands and face in the kitchen, wiped on a prickly towel, and was sitting at the supper table where Mrs Hymerson, who insisted that they should

Recent Canadian Fiction by Lawrence J. Burpee

Among many good influences which are shaping the course of the young Canadian Dominion–the sturdy Northland–toward a true and virile manhood, none is more significant and far-reaching than the growth of a strong and wholesome native literature. While it would, perhaps, be going too far to say that Canada can boast of any men of genius, in the true sense of the term, it cannot be denied that she has given birth to not a few writers of undoubted talent.

Author: Lawrence J. Burpee
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,888 / 12 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61
LoC Category: AC

Downloads: 481
Added to site: 2010.10.15 29280

Genres: Reference, Essays, Canadian Literature

ll another tale, of an even earlier period of Canadian history, is Mr. Marquis’s “Marguerite de Roberval.” Mr. Marquis has chosen probably the saddest incident in the history of the continent as his theme. The principal points of Marguerite’s history are generally believed to be true,–at least they are so given by all the old French historians. Parkman refers, rather cynically, to the story, in “Pioneers of France in the New World”: he evidently had but little respect for the credulity of the French writers. Whether the original account be true or not, Mr. Marquis has turned it into a most delightful romance.

Mrs. Joanna E. Wood is the Miss Wilkins of rural Ontario life, and is doing for the Banner Province what Miss Wilkins has done for New England. Two books of hers were published not long ago, “The Untempered Wind” and “Judith Moore”; and a third has just been completed as a serial in “The Canadian Magazine,”–“A Daughter of Witches.” Miss Wood brings to the treatment of her subject more than avera

The La Chance Mine Mystery by Susan Morrow Jones

For plot and action, for tenseness of interest and thrilling crisis, this outdoor romance of Canada is not easily equalled.

Author: Susan Morrow Jones (S. Carleton)
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,506 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.8
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,416
Added to site: 2008.11.09 22588

Genres: Mystery/Detective, Western, Canadian Literature

e out of water,–and I did what you mean when you say you nearly jumped out of your skin.

Touching my shoulder, her hand fiercely imperative in the dark, was a girl–at La Chance, where no girl had ever set foot!–and she was speaking to me with just that golden, carrying voice I knew would belong to my own dream girl, if she were keeping it down to a whisper.

“So you’re here,” was what she said; and it would have fitted in with the fool’s thoughts I had just come out of, if it had not been for her tone. That startled me, till all I could do was to nod in the dark I could just see her in. I could not discern what she looked like, for her head was muffled in a shawl; and I never realized that all she could see of me was my height and general make-up, since my face must have been invisible where I stood in the shadow.

“You!” her golden voice stabbed like a dagger. “I won’t have you staying here–where I am! I told you I’d speak to you when I could, and I’m speaking. You kept your word and d

The Law-Breakers by Ridgwell Cullum

A tale of suspense and mystery, with scenes laid in western Canada.

Author: Ridgwell Cullum (Sidney Groves Burghard)
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 134,039 / 388 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 1,572
Added to site: 2009.09.11 25252

Genres: Mystery/Detective, Thriller, Canadian Literature

moments. The sound which had been growing had almost died out and was being replaced by the hammering of the cars as they closed up against each other. The train was stopping.

He was looking up now full of interest, and one hand went up to his head, and its fingers raked among the roots of his hair. Suddenly the engine bell began to clang violently. There was distinctly a note of protest in the sound. Something was wrong. He swung round and looked at his signal. Say–was he dreaming? What on earth—-? Half an hour ago he had lowered the semaphore, at least he had set the lever over, and now–now it was set against the train!

For a second he stared at the offending arm, then, as the bell clanged still more violently, he dashed across the intervening space to remedy his mistake.

But now incident crowded upon him. He was quite right. The lever was set as it should be set. His practiced eye glanced rapidly down the connecting rod to discover the source of the trouble, and further amazement

Canada: the Empire of the North by Agnes C. Laut

Author: Agnes C. Laut
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 145,717 / 442 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.6
LoC Category: F

Downloads: 1,614
Added to site: 2006.12.15 15563
Genres: History, Canadian Literature

e of years he is an obscure clerk at a distant trading post in Labrador. He comes out of the wilds to take a higher position as land commissioner. Presently he is backing railroad ventures of tremendous cost and tremendous risk. Within thirty years from the time he came out of the wilds penniless, that man possesses a fortune equal to the national income of European kingdoms. The man’s name is Lord Strathcona.

Or a hard-working coal miner emigrates to Canada. The man has brains as well as hands. Other coal miners emigrate at the same time, but this man is as keen as a razor in foresight and care. From coal miner he becomes coal manager, from manager {xi} operator, from operator owner, and dies worth a fortune that the barons of the Middle Ages would have drenched their countries in blood to win. The man’s name is James Dunsmuir.

Or it is a boy clerking in a departmental store. He emigrates. When he goes back to England it is to marry a lady in waiting to the Queen. He is now known as Lord Mount-