is a felt need to know more about men than is indicated by their mercantile standing, because there are often other than business reasons which make information necessary. Character, capacity and capital are the qualities which tell the story of a man's worth, and, as a rule, the second " capacity " is a product of the first, while the third, " capital," is generally a result of the second. Still, as capital is only an incident iii the life of a man of character and capacity, and not a necessary part of it, this work deals with the man himself—his character and capacity—so that those who desire such information have only to consult its pages, and by the aid of its copious index, they are at once made conversant with the man in all the phases of his life.
A man carries his character in his face to a much greater extent than is generally supposed. One look at a faithful portrait will often tell the story more than many pages of print. While physiognomy has hardly yet attained the dignity of a science, yet there is a well founded belief that there is an intimate connection between the features and expression of the face and the qualities and habit of the mind, and every man is conscious of instinctively drawing conclusions in this way for himself with more or less confidence, and of acting upon these conclusions, to a certain extent, in the affairs of life.
The family album has now become a household necessity, and very properly so. For similar reasons this " National Album " should also be a household necessity. We want our friends ever with us, and here they are—archbishops, bishops, moderators, general superintendents, presidents of churches and their various assemblies, synods, conferences, and conventions, together with our pastors and teachers. Here are our legal friends of the Bench and the Bar ; those of the medical profession, our educationists, merchants, manufacturers and leading agriculturists. Statesmen of the Provincial Legislatures and the Dominion Parliament ; public men and private citizens meet and greet us here from all parts of our fair Dominion. The East meets the West, and the middle provinces embrace both ; space is annihilated, and each man visits every other man around his own hearth-stone, in the library or in the office.
This is not a work of fulsome praise, but of facts. The man is a fact ; his birth, education, professional or business training, early experiences, marriage, present position, church standing, and relation to the country as regards office or influence. These are matters not only gratifying to one's friends, but which no good man need blush to read concerning himself. On the other hand, the public have a right to know these facts concerning representative men. This kind of information is furnished within these pages, and so far as the facts are concerned, they have been verified by the men themselves, with very few exceptions, and are thus reliable. For the additional comments here and there, the editor and the publishers are alone responsible. Not every man fitted for a place in these pages will be found in this first volume, not even, perhaps, from the territory covered by it, but in future volumes it is the intention to include the entire Dominion and supply deficiencies in the territory herein represented.