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Sat Apr 01 05:55:34 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Masques of Ottawa, by Domino This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Masques of Ottawa Author: Domino Release Date: April 2, 2007 [eBook #20961] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE MASQUES OF OTTAWA*** E-text prepared by Al Haines Transcriber’s note: -Domino- is the pseudonym of Augustus Bridle (1869-?) THE MASQUES OF OTTAWA by -DOMINO- -_Wherefore are these things hid_? * * * * * _We will draw the curtain and show you the picture._- --SHAKESPEARE. Toronto: The MacMillan Company of Canada, Ltd., at St.
Martin’s House. MCMXXI. Copyright, Canada, 1921. By the MacMillan Company of Canada, Limited. Sat Apr 01 05:55:34 2017 2 THE PLAY-HOUSE CALLED OTTAWA. Do not imagine that I spend much time at once in Ottawa.
I have never liked the kind of play-house that politicians have made on that glorious plateau in a valley of wonderland with a river of dreams rolling past to the sea.
Where under heaven is any other Capital so favoured by the great scenic artist? On what promontory do parliamentary towers and gables so colossally arise to enchant the vision? The Thames draws the ships of the world and crawls muddily and lazily out to sea wondering what haphazard of history ever concentrated so much commerce, politics and human splendour on the banks of one large ditch.
Ottawa’s house of political drama overlooks one of the noblest rivers in the world, that takes its rise in everlasting hills of granite and pines. One, Laurier, used to dream that he would devote his declining days to making Ottawa beautiful as a city as she is for the site of a capital. To him as to others, Rome, London, Paris, Vienna, Washington, shou...





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