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370   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

Jubilee of   It is of interest that the Union Government

Confeder-   was formed in the year of the Jubilee of

ation. Confederation, which, it will be remembered, was largely the work of an earlier Union Government—or Coalition—of the Liberal and Conservative leaders of Canada. The actual jubilee day, July 1st, fell on Sunday, and was kept as a day of " humble prayer and intercession to Almighty God " for those who were offering their lives in the war, and for "a speedy and enduring peace."

Destruction

Seventeen months before this all Canada of the Dom- was shocked by the news that the beautiful inion Houses Houses of Parliament at Ottawa had been of Parliament. destroyed by a fire, in which seven lives were lost. The clearing away of the ruins and the work of rebuilding was begun at once, and, on September 1st, 1916, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught (a few weeks before the completion of his five years as Governor-General) laid, as the corner-stone of the new buildings, the original corner-stone which had been laid by his brother (afterwards Edward VII) exactly fifty-seven years earlier.

The Jubilee On July 2nd, 1917, the Duke of Devon-Tablet. shire, then and now (in 1919) Governor-General, unveiled a tablet, placed on the central stone column in the great entrance hall of the new Houses of Parliament, in the name of the Canadian Parliament and people, dedicating the building "as a memorial of the deeds of their forefathers and of the valour of those Canadians who, in the Great War, fought for the liberties of Canada, of the Empire and of humanity."

Completion On September loth, 1917, the great Quebec of the Quebec Bridge across the St. Lawrence, about eight Bridge. miles above the city, was completed by the hoisting into position of the huge central span, 64o feet


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