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Page 125 - In 1873, he was appointed geologist and botanist to Her Majesty's North American Boundary Commission, which had been constituted to fix the boundary line between British North America and the United States, from the Lake of the Woods to the Rocky mountains, and which had been carrying on its labours for about a year.
Page 123 - ... rubbish ; overgrown with weeds and bushes. The grounds were unfenced, and pastured at will by herds of cattle, which not only cropped the grass, but browsed...
Page 43 - No game was ever yet worth a rap For a rational man to play, Into which no accident, no mishap, Could possibly find its way.
Page 126 - ... remained even geographically unknown. The report discussed not merely the physical and general geology of the region, and the more detailed characteristics of the various geological formations, but also the capabilities of the country with reference to settlement. The whole edition was long ago distributed, and the volume is now exceedingly scarce and difficult to obtain. While attached to the Boundary Commission Dawson made large collections of natural history specimens, which were forwarded...
Page 132 - Dawson was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG). He received the degree of D.Sc.
Page 55 - Swynstock), and there calling for wine, John de Croydon, the Vintner, brought them some, but they disliking it, as it should seem, and he avouching it to be good, several snappish words passed between them. At length the Vintner giving them stubborn and saucy language, they threw the wine and vessel at his...
Page 127 - ... Survey was carried on almost exclusively in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, and the excellent character of this work contributed largely to the great development of the mining industries in these parts of the Dominion during recent years, for his reports though thoroughly scientific always took account of the practical and economic side of geology, and accordingly commanded the attention and confidence of mining capitalists, mine managers, and others interested in the development...
Page 123 - GM Dawscn show that his was no ordinary life. Called away while in his prime, and with a past which gave promise of great achievements yet to come, he has left a blank which will not soon be filled. Dr. Dawson was the second son of the late Sir J. W Dawson, and was born on the 1st of August, 1849, in Pictou, Nova Scotia. In 1855 his father, who had for some years been acting as Superintendent of Education for Nova Scotia, received the appointment of principal of McGill University, Montreal, and with...