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A Trip to Manitoba   By: (1851-1915)

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"Manitoba, the great province which now forms part of the Canadian Dominion"

The Rt. Hon. W. E. GLADSTONE, MP at West Calder.



The Canada Pacific Railway, so frequently referred to in the following pages, is now almost an accomplished fact. It will, after traversing for over a thousand miles the great prairies of the Swan River and Saskatchewan territories, thread the Rocky Mountains and, running through British Columbia to Vancouver's Island, unite the Pacific with the Atlantic. Of the value of this line to the Dominion and the mother country there cannot be two opinions. The system of granting plots of land on each side of the railway to the Company, with power to re sell or give them to settlers, has been found most advantageous in, as it were, feeding the line and creating populations along its route. The cars which carry to distant markets the crops raised by the settlers, bring back to them the necessaries of civilized life.

Readers who ask with the post office authorities, "Where is Manitoba?" [Footnote: Pages 58, 59] may be answered that Manitoba is a province in the great north west territory of the Canadian Dominion, lying within the same parallels of latitude as London and Paris. It has one of the most healthy climates in the world the death rate being lower than in any other part of the globe, and a soil of wondrous fertility, sometimes yielding several crops in one year. Immense coal fields exist within the province; its mountains abound with ore; and its natural wealth is enormous.

While the province of Manitoba formed part of the Hudson Bay Company's territory, its resources were undeveloped. But in 1869 it was transferred to the Dominion Government, and received a Lieutenant Governor and the privilege of sending representatives to the Parliament at Ottawa. Under the new régime enterprise and industry are amply encouraged.

The original population consisted chiefly of Indians and French half breeds; the abolition of the capitation tax on immigrants, however, has resulted in a large immigration of Europeans, who, with health and energy, cannot fail to prosper, especially as they are without European facilities for squandering their money in luxury or intoxication. Of how universally the Prohibitory Liquor Law prevails in Manitoba, and yet how difficult it sometimes is to punish its infraction, an amusing instance in given in Chapter XI. Mr. Alexander Rivington, in a valuable pamphlet now out of print ("On the Track of our Emigrants"), says that when he visited Canada it was rare to see such a thing as mendicity too often the result of intemperance; "the very climate itself, so fresh and life giving, supplies the place of strong drink. Public houses, the curse of our own country, have no existence. Pauperism and theft are scarcely known there income tax is not yet dreamt of." Free grants of one hundred acres of prairie and meadow land are still being made to immigrants, and the population is rapidly increasing.



The Grand Trunk Railway Sarnia "Confusion worse confounded" A Churlish Hostess Fellow Passengers on the Manitoba "Off at last!" Musical Honours Sunrise on Lake Huron A Scramble for Breakfast An Impromptu Dance The General Foe.


Saulte Ste. Marie Indian Embroidery Lake Superior Preaching, Singing, and Card playing Silver Islet Thunder Bay The Dog River Flowers at Fort William "Forty Miles of Ice" Icebergs and Warm Breezes Duluth Hotel Belles Bump of Destructiveness in Porters.


The Mississippi The Rapids Aerial Railway Bridges Breakfast at Braynor Lynch Law Card sharpers Crowding in the Cars Woman's Rights! The Prairie "A Sea of Fire" Crookstown Fisher's Landing Strange Quarters "The Express man's Bed" Herding like Sheep On board the Minnesota ... Continue reading book >>

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