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Lords Of The North
by Agnes Laut
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Agnes Christina Laut (1871-1936) was a Canadian author. Amongst her works are: Lords of the North (1900), The Story of the Trapper (1902), Heralds of Empire (1902), Pathfinders of the West (1904), Vikings of the Pacific (1905), The Conquest of the Great Northwest (1908), Canada: The Empire of the North (1909), The Freebooters of the Wilderness (1910), The Canadian Commonwealth (1915), The Fur Trade of America (1921).
About the Author
Like so many other adventurous women at the turn of the century, Agnes C. Laut knew a passion for travel as well as a "gipsy yearning for the wilds." Fortunately she lived and worked at a time when the sphere of women's lives was widening significantly. She was born the youngest of eight children in Ontario's Huron County on February 11, 1871, just one year after Manitoba, amidst the troubles on the prairies, became the first province of the new Dominion of Canada. Her father was John Laut, a merchant from Glasgow and her mother was Eliza George, the daughter of Rev. James George, Chair of Logic and Mental and Moral Philosophy and vice-principal of Queen's University from 1853 to 1857.
When Laut was two years old, she and her family moved to Winnipeg, which had just been incorporated as a city. In 1907 Laut recalled the importance of her early childhood years: "It was my good luck to have spent the first seven years of life on a farm enjoying all the fun of the real thing; riding real horses, not rocking horses; sailing real rafts on real creeks, not just blowing paper boats on a bath tub; hunting the secret nooks of live, real, woodland things ..."
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