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The country is being rapidly 'Balkanized' in the economic sense," he wrote a friend. "The Dominion is committing hari-kari. "64 Provincial premiers were "Great Kings" in their narrow domains. Though sympathetic to the "French fact," Leacock was disturbed by the romantic nationalist writings of some younger Quebec intellectuals. But his big fear was the growing chasm between East and West, and he saw his western lecture tour as an opportunity to explain western grievances and radicalism to the East while convincing westerners that their attacks on banks and industrial capitalists were misguided.

But most, practically all, stuck right at it, saving, say, two hundred dollars a year towards college. And this is what college cost, college being the University of Toronto. The fees were forty dollars a year (say sixty dollars in medicine), and board and lodging in the mean drab houses of the side streets where the poorer students lived cost three dollars a week and washing, I think, twenty-five cents a week. They washed anything then for five cents, even a full-dress shirt, and anyway the student hadn't got a full-dress shirt.

So I never saw her. I meant to but I never did. When I read a little later that the old ship had been broken up I felt that I would have "given anything" (ten dollars then) to have seen her. In those days most people still came up, as we did in 1876, by river steamer from Montreal to Toronto. " We asked what that meant, because in those days they didn't keep "Queen's Birthday" as a holiday in England. They kept Coronation Day with a great ringing of bells, but whether there was any more holiday to it than bell-ringing I don't remember.

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