Crowell's Ode to Nova Scotia



From The Chronicle-Herald / The Mail-Star, 1 Sep 1995:

The Chronicle-Herald and The Mail-Star distributed color copies of the orginal 1931 edition of Crowell's four-paragraph masterpiece in June 1995 in honor of the G-7 Summit in Halifax.

"Born in Barrington, Shelburne County, Crowell came form a long line of seafaring men. His grandfather died at sea, and his father, Asa Doane Crowell, died of Yellow Fever in Havana Harbour when Horatio was eight years old.

At the time of his own death in 1930, Horatio Crowell was publicist for the Canadian National Railways' Atlantic division. He had always been know, however, as one of the best newspapermen in the Maritimes.

Crowell began his newspaper career with the Halifax Chronicle in 1912 as a reporter and became special correspondant in Belgium during the first World War. In 1915, he enlisted with the Nova Scotia Highlanders, then went to France with the 38th Ottawa Battalion, transferring to the 12th Brigade as a captain.

After rejoining the Chronicle, he became secretary of the West Indies Trade Commission. He was particularly well versed in Canada's trade with the West Indies and often wrote magazine articles and lectured on the subject.

Today, Crowell is buried next to his mother, Emma Jayne, in the old graveyard in Barrington. (However, vandals have sprayed graffitti over his headstone).

Crowell treasured this province. In his work, Nova Scotia, published posthumously, he describes Nova Scotia as "God's land." "A little sea-girt peninsula" that possesses "such delicacy of beauty, such subtlety of charm, that, travel the world over, we find then unexcelled, and without peer..."."



Many thanks to Gwen Christie for submitting this information


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