From N.A. [Nathan Albert]3 York. Published in the Meaford (ON) Monitor.
Manitoba Letter. Notes About People Who Have Gone There From About Here.
Miami, Manitoba, May 8, Editor Monitor. Dear Sir - If you will allow me through the columns of your valuable paper I shall endeavor to give you some items of news from this part of the world which will probably be interesting to some of your readers.
We have had a beautiful spring and seeding is over. The warm rains and sunshine have made our fields green, and the wheat is now waving in the breeze. The prairie grass is also up sufficiently high to furnish good feed for stock.
Everything is booming. Real estate is changing hands at moderate prices, but is on the rise. T.H. York, land agent here, has made a number of sales lately and in every case to actual settlers, prices ranging from six to eleven dollars per acre.
There is some little excitement about where the town is to be on the Northern Pacific line which runs past here. It has not yet been decided by the company where they will locate their stations, but there are a great many anxious to divide their farms up into town lots.
Among the arrivals from the east are: James Durant, George Croft, Meaford; James Crookshanks, V.S., and Robert McNickle, Heathcote. Phil Chambers, who arrived here some time ago, is busy working at his trade, with prospects of a good summer's work. He likes the country well and has decided to locate here.
James Durant has taken a partnership with his brother William, late of St. Vincent, who has started a blacksmith shop - on the new line - and has thus far gained a reputation with the public which warrants the new firm an immense trade from the surrounding country. There is an excellent opening for a good worker in connection with this firm.
Mr. Edward Clark, late of St. Vincent (7th line north) has taken up 320 acres free grant land 40 miles from Deloraine, the present terminus of the C.P.R. South-western, in the Louris country. He likes that part very well and says he has a fine farm.
There are several lines of railway projected through that part and it will no doubt ere long become a flourishing settlement. There is plenty of [coal] in that vicinity which can be scooped out of the banks of rivers in great quantities. That district lies 200 miles West of here and on the border of this province.
Yours, &c., N.A. YORK
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