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366   MEN OF CANAIDA.

The LATE JOHN BATTLE was born in IS24 in the town of Ballyinote, County Sligo, Ireland. He came to Canada in IS42 and settled at Thorold, where he has lived continuously, with the exception of one year, for half a century. He commenced life as a day laborer on the Welland Canal, and all through his after life looked back with pride to the days ,%-hen lie earned the munificent sum of 62y cents per day, out of Avhich lie saved the few dollars which gave liini the foundation on -which he built up a competency. His first savings were invested in a team, -which he used in towing vessels on the canal, again saving from this increased revenue, he purchased an-other team, and so on until lie became known as the

proprietor of all important

towing line. Haring got

this business well under

control, he gave his atten-

tion to other business matters, and it soon became apparent that John Battle was to be an important factor in the commercial prosperity of the community. In iS6o lie became interested in shipping, building and owning several vessels and tugs, which he managed with great success. He was possessed of a keen insight in all business matters, and seemed able to forecast the future, thereby avoiding many losses by dropping an enterprise when it had begun to wane. About one year after the estate of the late John Brown was wound up, 1\Ir. Battle became sole proprietor of the Cement Mills, which,

under his skillful management, became kno-,vii and patronized in all parts of the Dominion. He was almost entirely instrumental in inducing a branch of the Canadian Bank of Commerce to locate in Thorold, and afterwards be-came a large stockholder in the same. His many friends testify that money snaking did not by any means absorb his better nature, and that behind what a stranger blight call an unsympathetic exterior there was a heart as tender as a woman's, which ueyer turned from a case of need -when properly presented. He was never accused of wronging any man out of a shilling,

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