Zorra Boys at Home and Abroad, or, How to Succeed

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By Zorra, in the following sketches, is meant a little district in Oxford county, Ontario, some ten miles square, composed of part of East and part of West Zorra, and containing a population of about fourteen hundred. It was settled about the year 1830, chiefly by Highlanders from Sutherlandshire, Scotland.

Within the last forty years there have gone from this district over one hundred young men who have made their mark in the world. With most of these it has been the writer's good fortune to be personally and intimately acquainted; and companionship with some of them has been to him a pleasure and a benefit.

It is not intended to include all these in the following sketches; this were impracticable, but it is believed that a brief, unvarnished account of the career of some of them may be an inspiration, not only to the young men of Zorra to-day, but to men everywhere struggling against difficulties, and earnestly engaged in the conflict of life. Such sketches will also be to many a pleasant souvenir of early days, when

"Hearts were light as ony feather, Free frae sorrow, care and strife."

(summary by W.A. MacKay (1900)) (4 hr 21 min)


00 - Introductory 10:55 Read by MaryAnn
01 - Sketch I. James Wood 9:25 Read by MaryAnn
02 - Sketch II. Alexander M. Sutherland 21:14 Read by ravenotation
03 - Sketch III. Prof. Henry John Cody, M.A 10:14 Read by MaryAnn
04 - Sketch IV. George Mackay 16:34 Read by J.S. Kenney
05 - Sketch V. Thomas Adams 7:33 Read by Christine Blachford
06 - Sketch VI. George N. Matheson 7:42 Read by Christine Blachford
07 - Sketch VII. Hon. Donald Mackay 9:27 Read by J.S. Kenney
08 - Sketch VIII. Dr. James Fraser 17:33 Read by TriciaG
09 - Sketch IX. Paul Murray 7:09 Read by Amy Gramour
10 - Sketch X. James and John Fletcher 14:13 Read by J.S. Kenney
11 - Sketch XI. Hon. J. R. Sutherland 5:41 Read by David Lawrence
12 - Sketch XII. Mervin Cody 13:06 Read by ravenotation
13 - Sketch XIII. G. L. Mackay, D.D. 15:18 Read by MaryAnn
14 - Sketch XIV. Prof. Donald Mackay, B.A. 9:51 Read by ravenotation
15 - Sketch XV. Nelson Janes 4:19 Read by Sean McGaughey
16 - Sketch XVI. D. S. Burdick 13:28 Read by TriciaG
17 - Sketch XVII. John Griffiths 7:12 Read by TriciaG
18 - Sketch XVIII. Thomas Oliver, M.P. 10:23 Read by Christopher Maust
19 - Sketch XIX. Hon. James Sutherland, M.P. 8:21 Read by Christopher Maust
20 - Sketch XX. Rev. Charles W. Gordon, B.A. ("Ralph Connor") 10:28 Read by JimOCR
21 - Sketch XXI. Rev. Alexander S. Macleod, M.A. 4:41 Read by JimOCR
22 - Sketch XXII. Capt. John M. Ross 13:01 Read by TriciaG
23 - Sketch XXIII. Dr. A. E. Matheson 10:01 Read by TriciaG
24 - Sketch XXIV. John S. Mackay 3:48 Read by Sean McGaughey