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Has Served Forty-Two Years in One Office By EDWARD W. THOMSON 7 COL. GEORGE T. DEN ISO N "The HM)cvclt ol Canada," in his eightieth year. Ottawa. Ontario. December, 119. C01 ' NEL GEORGE TAYLOR DKXISOVS th birthday was enthusiastically celebrated in Toronto, and by very many thorough Canad ians elsewhere in and outside of this Dominion, on the thirty-first day oi last August, 1919. He was then, as now. go i i g strong, not only as chief police magistrate of T which he has been during the past forty- tut) years, but as public speaker, lecturer, historian, essayist, encourager ol true Canadianism. Also en courage! I the spirit which makes not only for Unity of the Britishriei ol the world but for harmony be tween ill is English-speaking folk as the most hopeful of meth ds for promoting Peace on Karth and Good Will m g human kind. Moreover, he is this year COOtribul ol the most interesting and amusing of reminisce! ei that ever appeared in any Canadian 1". sh.rt. the Colonel, being more than eightj rs young, is vigorous, cheerful, and help ful all r :d. To .ho has lifelong known and revered him, though differing publicly from his political course on mi: or ints, he w rote on June 10, 1917, "Very many thanks for your kind letter of sympathy to me on my dear son1 death. It is sad thing, but there is the consolation that he died a glorious death for his king and country. I trust and pray that your son and grandson may com,- through the war safely and with honors," Vl they did, the former, a captain in the l&ited States Army, the latter a flyer of the British Royal orce. Surely this evinced family interna tionals i the right kind. Th r of Colonel Denison may well remind man Ai .ins of public utterance of Colonel ex Presick i Roosevelt on the death of his beloved son, Qoentin, j the same Americans knew Colonel Denison WCH tin might smile approval of the following anec dote: S it years ago a United Stateser (we old lashior,, I anadians claim to be .-l nigricans just as truly j the native-born of the Republic), one who p.new 1 II enison's career pretty well, said to a Canadi.v De nison is the Roosevelt of Canada." "No, jyT it wrong end first," replied the Kanuck, Roos' I tlu- Denison of the Republic." in fa I the two curiously resembled each other in man I ol character. They were alike in active courage. public spirit, in contempt of mercenary consul- i, in liking for combat, in tenacity, in the Ia' oi their intellectual interest, in voluminous j.Xa11, : ' ' iking and writing designed to do prac Kal t d, in bearing no malice against honest Op IiHnts. i, continual activity, and in that Joy of Life n,ch with or inspires such activity. If Theodore ' continued to he chief police comtnis- harT V"rk' as he was in 18g57' and if hc tion U in1 SIokcn aml lOldiered from that posi- With ut ever becoming politician or President, his JW 1 hare tallied still more precisely with those thn " (, T Denison. Do permit me to show en- Cati I r ,0,h of tlum! 1 havc known our JV :aflltr onel for some sixty years; and 1 do here- "wnT1 i il n,u' of VIT ,ast tetters iignad in his thank ' h yUr Krcat Kscvelt, was a letter of 5? U' ,llr some verse I had written about him! magjet (,,,,,nt'l Denison has been so long police notable 7' tU1(1.thou8h h work in that office has been fair j. lnr Wlslm and justice, for such merciful 'crim,,ai . Vlt sev'ty on occasion that even the Penetrati . ms worsnip, ior sucn Perm;,.. ,Uk- sMrdne5s that he has often correctly Perceive : " Ul the polic vnu' " accused persons against whom there is accumulated damnatory evidence, vet maRistrat :VhsUr(,ity in of him as "police surdity jn Iorto.M Just so there would be an ab- Cornmissi . rt Tlng to hncl Roosevelt as police oner of cw York Why? Bccausc they alike did such an immense volume of various work ut terly disconnected from police business. A correct list of the titles of Colonel Denison's books, pamphlets, magaxine essays, histories, and the learned societies to which he belongs would fill a col umn of Thk Dkarhokn Indki-kndknt. In 1877 he won a prie given by the Czar of Russia for the best History of Cavalry, which he was the more competent to write because of his intimate acquaintance with the deeds of the Northern and Southern cavalry in the Civil War. That book was translated into about all the European languages, and adopted by the British and some other services as a textbook for officers. The Colonel's book on "The Struggle for Imperial Unity." written always from the Canadian point of view, is not onlv famous, but as interesting to United Statesers as to British English riea. Though he was often charged with hostility to the Republic, he has ever recognized and proclaimed that the Revolutionary War was brought on by the Stupid tyranny of the very German George III, and his pig headed ministers. He has ever despised alike every rascal vote-seeker in the Kmpire and in the Republic who sought to exacerbate the animosities resulting from the Schism of our English-speaking race. In good will to our French-Canadians he has ever been clearly pronounced, being moved bv the very spirit of Canada's first Premier. Sir John MacDonald. who said: "The French Canadian is my brother." even as his great opponent, Edward Blake, declared: "What a majority owes to a minority is not bare justice, but justice heaped up and running over." In dislike of the petty Canadian politicians who incessantly try to excite hatreds of race and greed in this Dominion, the Colonel has ever been unhesitating. Let me tell you a little true story illustrative of his good humor. Being at one time in charge of the editor ial columns of the Toronto Globe I wrote and gave leading place to a screed poking fun at the Colonel be cause, about 1889, he had spoken rather warmly of the military prowess Canadians might evince if "An nexation." our bugaboo then, were forcibly attempted by the Republic. The editorial sketched jocularly the terror of Generals Sherman, Sheridan, etc., on their undergoing, alter reading the Colonel's speech, a night mare vision of his marching on Washington at the head of the Canadian militia, then a very feeble force. He came down to the Globe office that day. shook hands with me, and laughingly congratulated The Globe on the article; one to which, by the way, he alludes in his great book "The Struggle for Imperial Unity." One very notable element in the Colonel's utterances and writings on behalf of the great cause of active friendship between all English-speaking peoples has been his ItrenuoUl lambasting of sundry kings, pre miers, governments, politicians, editors, etc., of Eng land : for their stupid persistence in contempt for Canadians, and their long suffering of grievances from Westminster. He never truckled to the like, as many minor Canadians, usually immigrant here, have ever done. He especially resented, as did all we of United Empire loyalist stock (Tories who migrated to create Canada after the Revolutionary War), the long truck ling of England to Washington in respect of Canadian disputes with the United States. Nowadays we can see how wise was London to shun quarrel or war with the States, even at some temporary annoyance to Canadians. The "Schism of the Race" surely tends to be healed, thanks to United States' valorous participa tion in the Great War. But it was a sore matter for real Canadians, who had founded this Dominion and held it loyal to the Crown contrary to their own pecuniary and trade interests, to be regularly snubbed by London's frequent insistence that the Beaver should lie still and be skinned by the Eagle, lest his beak and claws should be turned against the Lion. Colonel Den ison never failed to twist the Lion's tail usefully in such instances. He knew that one must sometimes be cruel in order to be really kind to his beloved. Also, Colonel Denison. though certainly Canada's most persistent and effective tighter for Imperial Unity, or the Voluntary Kmpire, was never among the poor creatures whose prime design was to attain to knight hood, or a barony, or any kind of "imperial honors." Some of the most despicable wretches stirring in our politics were notoriously influenced by no other long ing, after they had gotten money enough to entertain social ambitions. Some who began, to my certain knowledge, as Annexationists, gradually shifted till they became Ultra -Jingoes, plainly in hope to achieve titles, which a few of them got for their long sub serviency. But Colonel Denison was born and bred a gentle man, in the true sense of that much misused term. His motives were ever noble. It is a fact, though he never let it be published or generally known, that he was offered knighthood on four occasions by as many successive governors-general. Hc silently refused every time, specially requesting that the fact of the offers should not be disclosed. Why this secrecy ! I happen to know that. In the first place he had been, like his father and some other Denisons, so long known as "Colonel Denison"1 that he relucted to change from that familiar title. Secondly and finally his sense of honor and of duty to his cause, that of Imperial Unity, was so delicate that he would not let it he known that he had refused knighthood lest his relusal should ieem to reflect on those Canadians accused ol having turned to Imperialism in sole longing to achieve knighthood. Was not that gentle consideration for all concerned? Often remembrance of Colonel G. T. Denison comes to me along with the thought that he has ever been and is now one of the very happiest of men. He has fought the good fight steadfastly He has lived to see his own dear Canada he was ever a "Canada First" man duly appreciated in London. Washington, the world over. He has leetl much evidence of a profound reconciliation between the English-speaking nations ; and that was essentially what he always itrov and hoped for. Everybody who knows him loves and re spects him. His living posterity are numerous and honorable. He has troops of friends and admirers who never saw him. His name is honored highly in Gn at Britain as in Greater Britain. We all hope and expect that he will live happily and actively to be at least one hundred years young. And when he "crosses the River" he must surely hear, like Christian, "the trumpets sounding for him on the other side." To Direct Women s Campaign (C) Harris 4 Ewing MRS. JOHN OLIVER SOUTH MRS. SOUTH recently was appointed chairman of the women's division ol the Republican National Committee. She will direct the campaign to get wo men to vote the Republican ticket in the coming Presi dential election. Mrs. South is the daughter of William O. Bradley, Kentucky's first Republican governor and one ol trie two Republicans sent to the United States Senate bv that state. Mrs. South has been prominent in the suffrage, civic and prohibition movements. Bryan's Logic Assuming certain premises, no one can question the flawless logic of the following by William Jennings Bryan : "When it comes time to select delegates to represent the United Stan i in the League of Nations, provision should be made for then elec tion b popular vote, in five districts, so that all sections of the country will be represented. They should act subject to instructions by Congress and the people. They should have no power to rote for war without special instructions Iron the people, at an election called for that purpo There art three propositions in this paragraph. W e wish we could see a single chance that any one of them will ever be adopted as the practice of nations. Advocate of Peace. Mere Words Other than French people are subject to the pert criticism of his countrwnan as made by Premier Clemenceau of France to an American correspondent at the Peace Conference. "You know." said the famous "Tiger," "the French are an oratorical people. They will get up and say something and say it with great force and fervor and then assume it is done."