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DAVIN, Nicholas Flood, Canadian journalist, born in Kilfinane, Ireland, 13 January, 1843. He was educated in London, and also studied at Queen's university, but never took a degree. In 1868 he was called to the English bar, and he has practised both in London and in Toronto. For five years he was a reporter in the gallery of the British house of commons, and also a contributor to the "Pall Mall Gazette." During the Franco-Prussian war he was correspondent of the "Irish Times" and the London " Standard." In 1872 he went to Canada, and he has there edited the Toronto "Globe" and "Mail," and in 1882 established the Regina "Leader," the first large paper in Assiniboia. He was sent by the Canadian government in 1879 to Washington to inquire into the working of the American system of educating Indian children. Subsequently he investigated the same subject in Winnipeg. In 1881-'2 he was secretary to the royal commission appointed to inquire into all matters connected with the Canadian Pacific railway, and in 1884-'5 was secretary to the Chinese commission, in which capacity he visited San Francisco, California, and Victoria, B.C. Mr. Davin serve(t as a volunteer during the Canadian rebellion of 1885, and was elected to the parliament in 1887 from Western Assiniboia. He has published "The Irishman in Canada" (1877), and other works.
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