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42   MEN OF' CANADA.

REV. B. F. AUSTIN,

M.A., B.D., Principal

of Alma Ladies'

College, St. Thomas, was born on September 21, 1850, iii the township of Brighton, County of Northumberland, and was married on the 16th June, 1881, to Miss Frances Amanda Connell. Mr. Austin was educated at Albert University, Belleville, having his preparatory training at the Brighton grammar and common schools. At the age of sixteen he began teaching in the township of Brighton, where he remained three and a half years. In 1871 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church, and was ordained in 1877. During his attendance at the university, he edited the T'mJi'rana' Union, and in vacation time lectured and organized lodges. He graduated B.A. in 1877 and B.D. in 1881, preached a year in the Brighton circuit, a year in Frankford circuit, one year

each in Cobourg and Ottawa, three years in Prescott, and then went to the Metropolitan Church in Ottawa, from which, after a three months pastorate, he was taken to his present position in Alma College. Since that date (1S51), he has, with singular ability and success, promoted the interests of this important institution. Mr. Austin has been busy with his pen for many years. In 1579 he published a volume of sermons by various ministers, ender the title of " The M. E. Pulpit," the profits being given for mission purposes. In 1SSo he published a small volume, entitled " Sins of the Times ;" in 1884, " The

Gospel to the Poor z's. Pew Rents ;" in 1889, a pamphlet on " The Jesuits," which has already run through four editions ; and in the same year he edited a handsome volume, entitled " Woman : Her Character, Culture and Calling." Mr. Austin is much sought after for the platform and pulpit, and renders valuable service to churches of his own and other denominations. He is a strong advocate of union between the Evangelical churches, and a prominent member of the Equal Rights Party, in its efforts to spread sound Protestant doctrines and thwart Romish aggression.

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