Life and Work of Sir William Van Horne by Walter Vaughan by Walter Vaughan 1920
Life and Work of Sir William Van Horne by Walter Vaughan by Walter Vaughan
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I 1843-51. ANCESTRY. BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD 3
II 1854-60. SCHOOLDAYS. TELEGRAPHY. A PANORAMA. FOSSILS AND GEOLOGY. HIS FIRST POST. DISMISSAL. THE MICHIGAN CENTRAL. THE AGASSIZ CLUB . . 14
III 1861767. ENLISTMENT. THE CHICAGO AND ALTON. AGASSIZ. DRAWING. MARRIAGE 25
IV 1868-74. PROMOTION. THE CHICAGO FIRE. THE ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY AND NORTHERN. RAILWAYMEN'S CLUBS. A STRIKE. A PRACTICAL JOKE. NURSING 32
V 1874-79. THE SOUTHERN MINNESOTA. ESPRIT DE CORPS. FLOODS. GRASSHOPPERS AND PRAYERS. PUTTING PLACES ON THE MAP 41
VI 1879-81. THE CHICAGO AND ALTON. PRESIDENT HAYES. THE CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE AND ST. PAUL. ENGINES AND CARS. STATION DESIGNS. A RAILWAY FIGHT. JAMES J. HILL. FOSSILS AND HORTICULTURE . 50
VII 1881. THE CANADIAN PACIFIC. ITS INCEPTION. DONALD A. SMITH, J. J. HILL, GEORGE STEPHEN, R. B. ANGUS. THE SYNDICATE. THE CHARTER . . . . 64
VIII 1882. WINNIPEG. THE LAKE SUPERIOR SECTION. HILL'S WITHDRAWAL. KICKING HORSE PASS. MAJOR ROGERS. T.G. SHAUGHNESSY. ORGANIZATION AND CONSTRUCTION. VAN HORNE'S DRIVING FORCE. REMOVAL TO MONTREAL 76
IX 1883. LAKE SUPERIOR SECTION. INDIANS ON THE PRAIRIES. CHIEF CROWFOOT AND PERE LACOMBE. THE MOUNTAIN SECTION. EASTERN EXTENSIONS AND THE GRAND TRUNK. A GOVERNMENT LOAN 91
X 1884. TOURS OF INSPECTION. VANCOUVER. PHYSICAL COURAGE. FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES. SIR JOHN MACDONALD 107
XI 1885. THE SECOND RIEL REBELLION. DESPERATE FINANCIAL PLIGHT. DIFFICULTIES AT OTTAWA. ANOTHER GOVERNMENT LOAN. THE LAST SPIKE. SILVER HEIGHTS. THE FIRST THROUGH TRAIN . 121
XII 1885-86. CREATING TRAFFIC. SLEEPING-CARS. POLITENESS. EXTENSIONS. SNOW-SHEDS. PLACES ON THE MAP. THE VAN HORNE RANGE. PACIFIC STEAMSHIPS 137
XIII 1887-88. THE PRESIDENCY OF THE CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE & ST. PAUL. CAPITALIZING SCENERY. MOUNTAIN HOTELS. FIGHT WITH MANITOBA GOVERNMENT. THE ONDERDONK SECTION 148
XIV 1888-90. APPOINTED PRESIDENT. T.G. SHAUGHNESSY. GEORGE M. CLARK. THE GRAND TRUNK. U. S. BONDING PRIVILEGES. THE "SOO" AND SOUTH SHORE LINES. PRAIRIE SETTLEMENTS 162
XV 1882-90. THE PERSONAL SIDE. JAPANESE POTTERY. PAINTING. GAMES. MIND-READING. JIMMY FRENCH 177
XVI 1891. A GENERAL ELECTION. MANIFESTO AGAINST RECIPROCITY WITH U. S. OFFER OF KNIGHTHOOD. THE CHATEAU FRONTENAC. THE FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD TOUR 188
XVII 1892. ENCOURAGING FARMERS AND RAISING THE PRICE OF WHEAT. THE GRAND TRUNK SEEKS AN ALLIANCE. THE INTER-COLONIAL AND ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP SERVICE. MOUNTSTEPHEN RESIGNS 201
XVIII 1893. COMMERCIAL DEPRESSION. STRENGTHENING THE COMPANY'S FINANCIAL ORGANIZATION. J. J. HILL AND THE DULUTH AND WINNIPEG RAILWAY 217
XIX 1893-96. THE DULUTH AND WINNIPEG. BUSINESS PARALYSIS. FLOODS OF THE FRASER. APPOINTED A K.C.M.G. MILITARY MAPS. A GENERAL ELECTION. THE MANITOBA FREE PRESS 233
XX 1896-99. THE LOSS OF THE DULUTH AND WINNIPEG. A BITTER BLOW. ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP SERVICE. RESIGNS PRESIDENCY OF CPRA HOLIDAY IN CALIFORNIA . 251
XXI 1890-1900. PRIVATE INTERESTS. THE WINDSOR SALT CO. THE LAURENTIDE PULP CO. COVENHOVEN. JAPANESE POTTERY. ART COLLECTIONS. PAINTINGS. CUBA 262
XXII 1900-02. CUBA AND THE CUBA COMPANY. ORGANIZATION. T. F. RYAN. RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION. THE RIGHT OF WAY. A GENERAL RAILWAY LAW. GENERAL LEONARD WOOD. CELEBRATION AT CAMAGUEY. OPENING OF RAILWAY 276
XXIII 1903-05. HARD TIMES IN CUBA. A GOVERNMENT LOAN. RAILWAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES. THE GUATEMALA RAILWAY. DEATH OF MARY VAN HORNE 297
XXIV 1905-08. INSURRECTIONS IN CUBA AND GUATEMALA. A VISIT TO GUATEMALA. J. J. HILL AGAIN. THE DOMINION STEEL AND COAL COMPANIES. STOCK-BREEDING 312
XXV 1907-10. A STOCK-MARKET PANIC AND SPANISH-AMERICAN INVESTMENTS. GEORGIAN BAY CANAL. EQUITABLE LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY. BIRTH OF GRANDSON. A CIRCUS PARTY. RESIGNS CHAIRMANSHIP OF CPR 326
XXVI 1910-I11. LIFE IN CUBA. SARDINE PLANT. TOWN-PLANNING. VIEWS ON IMPERIALISM. RECIPROCITY AND GENERAL ELECTION IN CANADA 338
XXVII 1912-14. FESTIVAL AT JOLIET. A WHIMSICAL LETTER. HUMBUG. THE KEY TO SUCCESS. ILLNESS. READI. CONVALESCENCE. LAST VISIT TO EUROPE 352
XXVIII 1914.-15. THE GREAT WAR. CHAIRMANSHIP OF NATIONAL COMMISSION. SECOND ILLNESS. DEATH. JOHN E. LOGAN'S VERSES 364
XXIX PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS. PORTRAITS. FRIENDS. G. T. BLACKSTOCK'S APPRECIATION 370
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Sir William C. Van Horne, K.C.M.G. . . .Frontispiece (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Lady Van Horne 36 (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Sir William Van Horne at the age of 39 84 (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Driving the Last Spike 132 (After a photograph by Ross, Calgary)
Moonlight on the St. Croix River 180 (A painting by Sir William Van Horne)
The Birch 180 (A painting by Sir William Van Horne)
"Covenhoven" 268 (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Frieze at Covenhoven Painted by Sir William Van Horne 340 The Dining-Room in the Montreal House 372 (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Corner of Sir William Van Horne's Studio . . . . 372 (After a photograph by Notman, Montreal)
Railways of Canada, 1880, together with Sandford Fleming's route to Bute Inlet and Port Moody . . . 260
The Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898 . . . . . 260
Whoever heard Sir William Van Home tell his vivid stories and remembers the romantic glamour which he threw upon the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway will always regret that he did not write his autobiography. He was often urged to write the history of the Canadian Pacific, and as often promised to do so. In the summer of 1914 he arranged with Miss Katherine Hughes, the biographer of Father Lacombe, to collaborate with him in the work. The Great War intervened, and he died in 1915 without having made a beginning. His son and daughter, Mr. Richard Benedict Van Home and Miss Adaline Van Horne, continued the arrangement with Miss Hughes, with the object, however, of having her prepare a biography of their father. Miss Hughes thereupon industriously gathered material, which she put together loosely in the form of a narrative. On my return from Europe last summer Mr. Van Horne gave me Miss Hughes's manuscript and asked me to write his father's life. Inasmuch as I had made definite plans to spend the winter in California, where letters and other original sources would be inaccessible to me, the proposal involved considerable difficulties ; without Miss Hughes's material it would, in the circumstances, have been impossible. I felt, however, that some personal knowledge of Van Horne and his work during a period of twenty-five years, seven of which were spent by me in the service of the Canadian Pacific, gave me one qualification for the task, and ultimately I agreed to undertake it, provided I was altogether unfettered in the choice of material and the manner of its presentation, and in criticism. This condition was conceded as a matter of course.
Much of this volume, then, is frankly based on Miss Hughes's material, and wherever it has been possible I have used and adapted her rough narrative. If, therefore, these pages be deemed to have any merit, a large share of it must be credited to Miss Hughes. For their demerits I am alone to blame. Per contra, any writer who has had to rely to a large extent on material selected by another will appreciate one of the difficulties under which this book has been written.
I wished to include some account of Van Horne's impressions of his earlier visits to England and the great art centres of Europe, but no records are available. A man who travels forty or fifty thousand miles a year and enjoys unlimited franking privileges over cable and telegraph lines is not apt to devote much time to letter-writing.
Van Home once protested against "unauthorized" biographies because they "suggest that they have been cooked, pruned, and glossed over to suit somebody, and therefore lose their value." In his opinion a biography should be "frank, square-toed, and pungent." Again, he exhorted a biographer of his friend Lord Strathcona to make his book "a real one-a strong, fearless, flatfooted, straightforward work." This life of himself has, at any rate, been written with fearlessness and sincerity.
Miss Van Horne and her brother have cordially given me every assistance for which I have asked. I am under a debt of gratitude to Mr. R. B. Angus and Lord Shaughnessy for their kindness in reading the chapters covering Van Home's work on the Canadian Pacific and for valuable suggestions which I have gladly adopted. I am under the like obligation to Mr. Howard Mansfield, the chief counsel, and Mr. H. C. Lakin, the President, of the Cuba Company, for reading the chapters covering Van Horne's work in Cuba. I am also specially indebted to Mr. E. W. Beatty, the President of the Canadian Pacific, for the loan of indispensable reports and documents, and to Mrs. Frances B. Linn, the librarian of the Santa Barbara Public Library, for her courtesy in obtaining for me several books of reference which were not on her shelves. To other kind friends who have helped me, I offer my grateful thanks.
W. VAUGHAN.31 May, 1920
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