By Noel Perrin
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Commercial switch, the growth of presidency in any respect degrees, and inhabitants development all contributed to profound changes in Ontario's social constitution among the 1850s and the Eighteen Nineties. The altering atmosphere created new possibilities, new wealth, and new authority. In urbanizing Ontario, an identifiable and self-identified center classification emerged among the idle wealthy and the perennial operating classification.
Charles Ritchie, one among Canada’s so much individual diplomats, was once a born diarist, a guy whose day-by-day list of his existence is so good written that it leaps from the page.
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Frizzle gives a brief lesson in lunology. Maybe three sentences worth. Much more moon data, however, appears less directly. For example: A scale, the kind that tells your fortune as well as your weight, conveniently materializes near a crater. A plump third grader named Arnold steps on, and finds he now weighs fourteen pounds instead of his customary eighty-five. " Since he is in a far-off place, this seems a safe prediction. Not to mention one that will amuse third graders. It's their kind of irony.
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