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The Growth of the Nation.


Though Confederation was a most important step in the progress of our country, a glance at the map will show that the Dominion of Canada was small in 1867 compared with what it is in 19o8. How the North-Nest, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island became part of it remains to be told, and is of deep importance, for the control of the fertile and boundless West has increased immeasurably the possibilities that lie before " the youngest of the nations."

Something also must be said of Canada's growth in self-government, wealth, and social advantages; but we stand too" near the events of the last few years to see them clearly in their bearing on one another. It has seemed best, therefore, to touch on them very briefly.


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