From Nathan Albert3 York. Published in the Meaford (ON) Monitor.
Interesting Notes About the Great Prairie Province.
To the Editor of the Monitor. Dear Sir, It would probably interest some of your readers to hear how spring has opened up in this part of the Dominion, as I was on a tour through Ontario, Quebec and the Western States during the three winter months, which, I am told were very mild and pleasant here,
and when I arrived in this province on the 14th inst., I found that the farmers had started seeding about the 1st inst., and with the exception of a few frosty nights operations have been continued, and now there is hundreds of acres of wheat sown, and to-day as far as you can see over the prairie there are teams working with drill, harrow and plough.
The land is in first class order, and the weather is bright and clear, the mercury stood at 86 on the 19th. If this continues our fields will soon be green.
There is still a shortage of farm hands and good wages are being offered. The three young men who came here lately from St. Vincent, viz., W. Williams, Alex. Durant and Arthur McDonald, have all secured employment at good wages and are all well pleased with the country.
We have plenty of room here for good pushing, energetic people, and young men especially, but we have no room, and no use for drones and men who are afraid of a little cold weather, men who are afraid to live where other whites do, I want to say right here that we have no use for that class of people.
The Northern Pacific Railway has been located through two districts, and property is fast increasing in value, now is the time to come and invest in land, there are thousands of acres of good land for sale in this district, prices from $6 to $15 per acre, 10% cash and easy terms for balance at from 6 to 8% interest.
There is no free land in this part, except on the Pembina Mountains which lie to the west of the fertile plains, and is generally rough table land, covered with poplar, oak and other timber which supplies many of the settlers on the prairie who have no timber of their own.
The above mentioned railway will tap the Souris coal fields and then we will have a good supply of coal at reasonable rates, which will keep us from freezing to death in these dreadful Manitoba winters that you hear so much about down east, and never see out here.
For my part I would rather pass two winters in Manitoba, than one in Ontario, as far as the climate is concerned. I might in conclusion cite the old saying, if the advice be the means of making a man of many our eastern grown up babies, "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country." N.A. York
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