From Levi3 York. Published in the Meaford (ON) Monitor.
From Manitoba/To the Editor of the Monitor.
Dear Sir, - Having read a letter published by C.R. Sing from a resident of Pembina Mountain, Manitoba, I beg leave through the columns of your valuable paper to make a few remarks in regard to the misstatements and misrepresentations contained in that letter.
As to the cold winter, it is very true the weather has been unusually cold this winter, but I never knew the thermometer to stand at 60o below zero. His statement about the snow being two feet deep on the level is false, and what he says about coal is also untrue for there is some talk of coal being found in the Pembina Mountain District.
In regard to the railroad coming through here, a bridge is being built over Red River now for that purpose, and I think there is no doubt but that the road will come through.
As to the land in this part not rising in value he makes another misstatement, for land here is rising in value every day. I don't know any one in this settlement who wants to sell out and go back to Ontario, and I think every one here who is willing to work is doing well. A prairie fire swept over this part of the country last fall and swept everything before it, which was no doubt very discouraging to the farmers. We were among the number who were burnt out.
He states in his letter that there has been several frozen to death here this winter; now, I have heard of only one man that was frozen to death, and it was reported that he was under the influence of liquor.
He says he saw John Laycock in July last and that Laycock told him he had to wade through water to get to his location, and did not seem well satisfied with the country. Now John Laycock is well satisfied with the country, and I don't think he had to wet his feet to get to his location. He says in his letter that he told nothing but what was true about the place, but I think he handles the truth rather to careless when he writes such false statements to put before the public.
If he don't like the country himself why don't he leave it and not try to discourage others who intend coming here? He says he would like to set before the public the disadvantages of this place, the suffering from hunger and cold. Now any ten-year-old school boy would know better than that.
It does not look much like suffering from hunger and cold to see the crops of wheat we raise here. Wheat, as a general rule, turns out from 30 to 35 bushels to the acre; oats 50 to 70 bushels, potatoes also turn out well and cannot be surpassed for size and quality in the Dominion. Hay is plentiful here and very good.
Manitoba cannot be surpassed for stock raising. Prairie chicken are plentiful in all seasons of the year; ducks, geese and other wild game abound in all the streams that flow over the beautiful rolling prairie. Elk and jumping deer are plentiful in winter and quite a number shot.
The land here is very easily worked, and when once you take a crop off it there is, in fact, no trick in cultivating it. The Province's resources for agriculture and stock raising are unbounded and beyond what most of you St. Vincent people could imagine.
There is no better stock raising country on the American Continent, for there is plenty of wild hay of an excellent quality for all present wants. We cut all our hay and grain by machinery here, so that we cut it cheaper and easier than you do in Ontario. The land here is of an excellent quality, as a general rule there is about two feet deep of black soil all over the province.
I remain yours, respectfully, LEVI C. YORK, Pembina Mts., Manitoba 17 Feb., 1880
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