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SHANLY, Charles Dawson, journalist, born in Dublin, Ireland, 9 March, 1811; died in Arlington, Florida, 15 August, 1875. He was graduated at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1834, and, after holding the office of assistant secretary of the department of public works in Canada in 1842-'57, went to New York, and became connected with the press of that city. In 1860 he was one of the chief contributors to "Vanity Fair," and at one time he was its editor. In 1865-'6 he conducted " Mrs. Grundy." His writings consisted of essays and descriptive articles, poems, and ballads, some of which were imaginative and pathetic, while others were satirical or humorous. They were contributed to the "New York Leader," "Weekly Review," "Albion," and " Atlantic Monthly," and other literary papers, while on the daily journals he was a regular writer on social events and passing trifles. He was an expert draughtsman of comic sketches, and passionately fond of painting. Of his writings, there were published in book-form, illustrated by Henry L. Stephens, "A Jolly Bear and his Friends" (New York, 1866) ; "The Monkey of Porto Bello" (1866); and "The Truant Chicken" (1866). His best-known poems are "Civil War" and "The Walker of the Snow."--His brother, Walter, Canadian engineer, born at the Abbey, Stradbally, Queen's county, Ireland, 11 October, 1819, was educated privately, afterward prepared himself for civil engineering, and came to Canada in 1837, settling in the county of Middlesex. He was resident engineer, under the Canada board of works, on the Beauharnois and Welland canals from 1843 till 1848, resident engineer Northern New York railroad, 1848-'51, chief engineer of the Ottawa and Prescott railway in 1851-'3, of the western division of the Grand Trunk railway in 1853-'9, and general manager of the same line from 1857 till 1862. His greatest achievement in engineering was the completion of the Hoosac Mountain tunnel, in Massachusetts, in 1869-'75, in which enterprise he was assisted by his brother, FRANClS. He was chief engineer of the Canada Atlantic railway, 1879-'85, and is now (1888) consulting engineer of that line. He sat in the Canadian assembly in 1863-'7, when he was re-elected to the Dominion parliament as a Conservative. He was an unsuccessful candidate in 1872 and 1874, re-elected by acclamation on the death of the sitting member in July, 1885, and again elected in February, 1887.
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