WESLEY GUARD LYTTLE, the author of this book, was born near Bangor on the 15th April, 1844. He began work as a clerk in a solicitor's office in Downpatrick, and in the course of a varied career became a junior reporter, a school-teacher, a lecturer on Dr. Corry's `Irish Diorama', a teacher of shorthand the first in Belfast) and an accountant. Finally, in 1880 he became the proprietor, editor and printer of the North Down Herald, a strong Liberal paper which he published in Newtownards. Shortly afterwards he transferred his paper to Bangor, where it appeared under the title, North Down Herald and Bangor Gazette.

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