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Wm. Longdon by refusing to pay an $80.00 bill. The debtor's reason­ ing was that, without proof, he couldn't be forced to make payment.

Without hesitation, Langdon took the case to court, and the shyster not only had to pay his bill but had the embarrassment of a few jibes from the townspeople.

The court case brought out something that was not known.

William Longdon was an artist. The excellent Iacsimilies he sketched of work he had done, along with almost a photographic likeness of his customer, proved as good as any other evidence he might have produced had he been literate.

While this man never aspired for fame, it is with pride that we record him here as one of our Portage artists.


Charles Mair was the son of J as. Mair, a native of Scotland, who, coming to Canada, became one of the pioneers of the timber trade on the Ottawa River. He (Charles) was born at Lanark, Ontario, Sept. 21, 1840, educated at Perth Grammar School and at Queen's University, Kingston, studied medicine for a time and was an early contributor to the press on general subjects.

In 1868 he published a book entitled "Dreamland, and other Poems".

In the early 1870's he came to Portage la Prairie and became a postmaster and also a general merchant. However, he became better known by his writings than for his business enterprises.

In 1886 he wrote his second volume, "Tecumseh, a Drama". This was considered a contribution to the right understanding of the Indian Character and W. D. Le Sueur said "the most important addition which had been made for some years to Canadian letters".

Other books followed: "The Last Bison", "The Fountain of Bernini" and "The Conquest of Canada".

Mr. Mair was an active participant in the first and second Riel Rebellions, on the loyal side. He was also one of the founders of the "Canada First" party in 1870.

In 1896 his address was Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. 196