Canadian Liberality Toward Racing., Daily Racing Form, 1908-07-30


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CANADIAN LIBERALITY TOWARD RACING In these days of legislation to restrict the liberties of the people of triumph for reformers with their unreasonable bigotry of fairminded men with thf right to protest in the interest of those that elected them to office standing idly by while the fanatics sweep away liberty it Is a pleasure to be able to point to one part of this great continent of onrs which has not yet been engulfed by the socalled wave of reform What is more if the wave should sweep that way breakwaters will be ready in the form of fairness to set aside the havoc carried on the crest of these billows for destruction is the aftermath of most of the work of reformers these days daysCanada Canada Is as yet the haven untouched bv the restrictions of individuals who are voicing their own narrow ideas and not the wishes of those whom they represent Unfortunately this means going Into another country for the freedom that we seek Still many of our states are so close to the border that in time the freedom enjoyed by our neighbors may bring the awakening that is so badly needed Our Canadian friends are rather proud of the free ¬ dom that they have on Sunday It is the day when the tollers who are kept close to the tasks for six days can go out into the open with their families and enjoy themselves as freemen should enjoy themselves This is done without any loss of goodness by those participating The churches of Canada are more numerous in proportion to the population than they are in this country and they are better attended Their charities are many and sincere They live normal Jives out in the open and are better and happier for it itIn In the matter of racing they are setting us an oxample that makes us envious and with cause Here we have our lawmakers striving to wreck not alone the sport which has been brought to the very pinnacle of greatness but to kill the breeding In dustry which has been the Hfework of many and means the investment of more than a hundred mil ¬ lion dollars In Canada the effort of the government is to improve and enhance the sport and this dis ¬ position to help comes from the lowest official in the racing communities to the very top of the list the governorgeneral who Is the representative of the king of England EnglandThe The present governorgeneral is Earl Grey a gentleman known the world over as a statesman ofi rare ability a man just and conscientious providing that which Is best for the Vieople whose domain he Is asked to look after During afterDuring the recent meeting at Montreal Earl Grey was in attendance almost everyday He came with his wife and family and brought with him his ollicial staff To further show his willingness to openly approve of the sport two of his visits were made in state He drove to the track in the state carriage drawn b3 four horses with outriders and escorted by a squad of cavalry in full uniform He came up the track in full view of the thousands assembled and left the carriage at the clubhouse During the afternoon he viewed several of the races from the stewards stand and was as enthusiastic over a keen finish as anyone on the grounds During his stay In Montreal lie repeatedly showed his In ¬ terest in the development of the thoroughbred gave figures to show that with the Improvement would come a corresponding betterment of the driving saddle and work horses He saw no Harm In an afternoon at the races in fart at Toronto only a couple of weeks previous he hud shown the people of the other province his official approval of the turf properly conducted conductedThe The evening of the day that Governor Hugher put his signature to the IlartAsrnew bill one of the most respected Frenchmen in Canada a justice of the Kings Bench whose life has been such as to win almost veneration from the people said to the writer that he felt confident that by the time an ¬ other year had rolled around the province of Que ¬ bec would be found putting an official stump of approval on racing in the form of a liberal prize to be contended for by horses bred in the Dominion of Canada He said he would feel honored to be one of tbt petitioners to the Premier to have the uwurd made As he turned away stately and manly in every move and word the thought came to my mind Here Is a man whose entire life has been a succession of deeds to muke the world better and he is glad to be known as a friend of racing How different from the legislator who came into the senate chamber at Albany after a nights session at a poker table and solemnly declared his vote against the great evils of racing by lending his support to the HartAgnew edicts F J Bryan in Personal Liberty

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