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FORAN, Joseph K., Canadian lawyer, born in Greenpark Aylmer, province of Quebec, in 1857. He was sent in 1867 to St. Joseph's College, Ottawa, where he studied ten years. After graduation, he went in 1877 to Laval University, Quebec, and studied law. In 1881 he was called to the Lower Canadian bar. While in Laval he wrote numerous poems, which were published in British and Canadian periodicals. Among his principal poems afterward were a " Lament for Longfellow" and "Indian Translations." Between 1879 and 1883 he published a series of essays on monuments, coins, art, and many other subjects. From 1883 till 1885 He lived among the Canadian Indians, perfecting himself in knowledge of their dialects and customs. Since his return he has delivered many lectures. He has published " An Essay upon Obligations" (Toronto, 1886): "Irish Canadian Representatives, their Past Acts, Present Stand, and Future Prospects ": and " The Spirit of the Age"; and has ready for publication (1887) two novels based on his experiences among the Indians, entitled "Tom Ellis, a Story of the Northwest Rebellion," and "Simon, the Abenakis."
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