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FARRER, Edward, Canadian journalist, born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, 8 October 1850. He was educated by private tutors at Stonyhurst College, England, and at the Jesuit College in Rome. On completing his course of study, he declined the places of assistant teacher of Greek and Latin and teacher of English in the University of Milan. In 1870 he arrived in Canada and connected himself with the "Daily Telegraph" in Toronto, but upon the establishment of the Toronto "Mail" in 1872 he joined its editorial staff, and remained there till 1881, when he became foreign editor of the New York "World." After about a year's service on this paper he went to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was for two years editor of the Winnipeg" Times." In the autumn of 1884 he became editor-in-chief of the Toronto" Mail," a place which he now (1887) holds. Mr. Farrer has made a special study of the Indian languages, and is preparing for the press a work on "The Algonkin Religion."
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