Place Published: New York
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Date Published: 1906
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition. 5-3/4 x 7-1/8 inches., (6), -161pp., Scuffed full leather covers lettered in gilt on spine and marbled endpaper. Inscribed “Billy Kirkpatrick from his grandfather Mulock March 1923” With a small black stamp under inscription Wm. Tyrrell,Toronto. Book is in very good condition.
The first book written by Canada’s politician William Lyon Mackenzie King, later to become Canada’s tenth and longest serving in total years of any Canadian Prime Minister.
This is the story King’s good friend Henry Albert "Bert" Harper ( 1873-1901) who saved a young girl's life but lost his own. "Bert" had also began courting King's younger sister, Jennie in 1900. King participated in a public subscription to raise a statue in Harper's honour and who was the inspiration for the statue of Sir Galahad which stands before the Parliament buildings in Ottawa. The young woman, Bessie Blair, fell through the ice of the Ottawa River. Harper’s death affected King greatly and the result was this first book.
"He knew the importance of earning a reputation for being non-partisan and with the help of his university friend Henry Albert "Bert" Harper, whom he appointed assistant editor, the [Labour] Gazette soon became a respected reference," "In the Gatineau hills of Quebec, north of Ottawa, he and Bert Harper had long walks, were enchanted by the area around Lac Kingsmere, read uplifting literature, and shared their spiritual concerns. Their friendship ended in December 1901 when Harper died trying to save a young woman from drowning. King wrote a touching memoir, The secret of heroism, but he never again gave himself over to a close friendship. " quoted from DCB online
Very Good. Item #7985