Martin Butler

Martin Butler was born in Bloomfield, Kings County, NB in 1857. A work accident at a tannery in Maine when he was nineteen resulted in the loss of his arm, and forced him to go through life as a pedlar, selling wares and his own writing from his pedlar’s cart, which he lovingly called the “Democrat.” He was known and revered in all parts of the region as a sympathetic recorder of provincial life, and often accompanied on his rounds by trains of spirited children. In 1890 he started Butler’s Journal, a monthly paper of rural and working-class concerns (poems, essays, humour, letters, and journalism) that gave a venue to the literary expressions of the labouring classes or “yeomanry” as he termed them. Butler’s Journal was one of the most dynamic reform journals of its time, and certainly the longest lived, surviving twenty-five years until Butler’s death in 1915.

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The linked Author Page contains excerpts from the poem "The Beaver and the Maple Leaf" and the poem "An Evening Reverie."