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McCARROLL, James, journalist, born in Lanesborg, County Longford, Ireland, 3 August, 1814. He came with his father's family to Canada in 1831, and soon afterward contributed prose and verse to the newspapers. In 1845 he became proprietor and editor of " Peterborough Chronicle," and in 1847 removed to Cobourg, where he taught music in addition to his journalistic work. He became connected with the customs department in 1849, in 1851 was appointed collector at Niagara Falls, and about 1854 outdoor surveyor of Toronto, which place he retained until the office was abolished. While in Toronto he edited several newspapers. In 1866 he removed to Buffalo, New York, and after a few years to New York, where he has been since engaged as a musical and dramatic critic, and as a writer of general literature, he is the author of various inventions, the last of which increases the light and flame in the chimney of an Argand gas-burner, or of any other burner, to double their volume by retarding the escape of unconsumed carbon through the chimney. He is well known as a poet, and has published in book-form his humorous letters, under the pen-name of Terry Finnegan, to Thomas D'Arcy McGee (Toronto, 1864) : "The New Gauger" (1864): "The Adventures of a Night" (1865); and "The New Life-Boat" (1866).
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