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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 23, 1906, Lethbridge, Alberta mi > m Kootenay Steel Ran^e ^rafes are made _ _ �rtra heavy Md sirong\ Hootetiay London^ Toron fo ^S^Pl^^i Wihniiicf *V�ncouv�r-SUolii^ BRODIE & STAFFORD SOLE AGENTS CATTLE ON A THOUSAND HILLS. (^rram the Toronto CiloU>.} Giussy l�kc, Ailu., July :;8. - '"Clrubpilc!" saag out the cook oi the cowboy outtit at S o'cIock in the ttftcriiooti ot a broiling day. und into the big cook-tont wc uuiii to hi'lp ourseU'cs straight iroiii ti>e coukiiig-pots, thi-n sat outside oa the gi-uss ill llio scanty shadu of caayusis to eat tho j�ork ui�d Lcaiis aud drink I'roiii a tin tuug the siuiim-ing loa that consisted the fare lor the day, aud Jor most days in tho cowboy's life. Wis were on a cattle ranch lying bvtween the JDelly and I �IK .Betel mm9� FJRED. ROONEY. - PROP. GOOD ACCOMMODAriON FOR THE TRAVELING PUBLIC EXCELLENT CUISINE BATHS HOT AND COLD WATER RATES ,$1.50 A DAY |LETHBRIDGE - ALBERTA I ROYAL V� HOTEL TABER, ALTA. I Irvine & Lemon, - Proprietors RotM $U0 and $2.00 per Day FREE BUS MEETS ALL TRAINS SAMPLE ROOMS IN CONNECTION tile .travellins publi.c. ; IVrhaps Oraii - sy Luke's future dcrwnds less on the development of suttluiuunt than ^it the chance of coal being worked in the neighborhood, for hero, as at u hundred other points , in Albcrtu, there are indications of tho vast fuel beds that seem to underlie the whole Province. One hour before we i-each-ed Urassy l^ike th Railroad Troosferring, Dray- e *! ', ing and General Delivering. ' �f[ 'Coal Etelivered Promptly. / Synopsis Of Canadian North-WcsL homestead requlatigns. fHAY, OATS, SAND AND STONE FOR SALE AOBNTS FOR ^ McCoriiiick&Cockshut.t; Machinery .* Webber; Z and Adams Wagons *.' oiiy .Senator Cochrane about 18S2 sad wii.s one of tho ilrst large ranches in Iho wost. Kraiicting is, of course, un all-iiui)orlani icaturo of cattle ranching, and an elementary portion of the cowboy's training. Mr. Wilson/ chief of the branU-rccortling otflce for Alberta and Saskatchewan at Medl -cine Uat, told me the total number of brands would rua to about thirty thousand; this, of course, for tho - _ two Provinces only, and including a- tho Bow Bivers, newly leased lujul, uku the ten, twenty or thirty tho-.ts-bare of every sign of n�dn, savq (or and animals of the great cattle kinjj a tiny ^ack in the distance and tho and the ton or a dozen of the hutuiilo iwo newly erected cowboy tents near homesteader. Tho operation itself is, at hand. Tho Belly Uiver, which not a peasant one to witness, and runs in tho gulch below, preserves the reader njay be spared, the detuiLs some of the characteristlcs.that had The victim is usually a calf, there nuirkc-horns, or sometimes tho horns alonor P''c he starts on bis day's work, occasionally confront one, but thov The evening meal is at live, as we have lieen mostly sold olt tor fei- have seen, and be has not often any tilizcrs in tJic case of the Iwnes and serious duties later on. Each cow-for curios in the case of the horns Ijoy has a string of six or seven A few yt^rs ago a brisk trade was horses. iCo uses them hard on oc-donc in disposing of buffalo bones casions and may frequently exhaust in this way. It is l>aroly twenty or.four during a big roumt-up years sinco the last bufTalo wos seen and need the remaining animalsfresh here. 'o'" tiie morrow. There are consider- abl.\' over a hundred horses with the CATTLE ON A THOUSAND HILLS (present outfit and there is sufficient occasion for roping, coialling and Of course, there are cattle here, sudden swift riding to show how dex Wherever you go in the small king- terous these men are in the manat^-dom of two hundred thousand acres ment of their horses, and how active of which the ranch consists you see and agile in the saddle. Bctweca them, quietly browsing in groups or whiles in the camp it was to be not-in the h^t of the day treading in cd that the men read good mag-the shallow water. At eventide, as azines when they were not chatting steadily and regularly as a line of or resting. Their language, when soldiers, down they march to driifk they Jiave trouble with a bronco or their, fdl from the running stream, a steer, is said to be terrific in its Someonie, I know not whom, hero force and originality, but they sel-picturcd in verso, of which I did dom allow strangers to hear their not until coming hotce realize the eftorts.. There.is no whiskey full force and lieauty. the cattle permitted on a well-conducted .�onch, scenes of the plains and the long under penalty of dismissal. / The association between man and the foreman of the present outfit spied a patient klne. Here arc the linos couplo of bottles t^e other day r.nd which I found the other day in a managed to spill them quietly v ith-western paper:- out raising the question. This alone makes the world of di'fTcrence in the "''^ there, however, disheartened hiro "When .the; grave twilight moves to- nwrals of the camp. Whtjn the cow- f">*ther clTorts at Raymond and ward the west, boy visits town at long intervals J^^^ along to Orassy Lakei and And the horizons of the plain are the trend of immigiation will \m hounesteadcd, together with two oi there is sometimes another story to sons, so that tho family is well clustei�d together. Asked why he GRASSY LAKE. selected Grassy Lake, tho Welchman gave the not very satisfactory reas Tho ranch I visited was about nine | on that it was within teaming dis- FARMER OR RANCHER. As to farming, it is a comparatively nevi industry hereabouts, as indeed throughout tho wholo section from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, and for many miles north of tho line. Tt is the familiar story of the rancher versus itho farmer, as yet the rancher is still largely in possession, though a good many settlers have gone in during the last year or two. Tho soil is light and dry, and belongs to that order of which the rancher consciehtiously predicts a quick wearing out. Settlers hc>ro are too new to throw jv-ery clear light on tho question,, biit several satisfactory crops were raised in tho neighborhood last year, and| the .wheat growing this year promises to do well. There is, however, no groat quantity of it. It would be an excellent idea for the Dominion or Provincial Ooyernment to make a careful investigation and report on this region, and if the result does not wholl.y justify settle -ment to offlcially discourage it until regions concerning which there is no manner of doubt have been settled up. A SETTLER'S EXPERIENCE. We were driven across from> Grassy Lave to the ranch by one of the settlers of the district, who told us something of his experiments. lie was a Welshman, who had come � to this continent thirty years ago, and had spent most of his time since in the mines of Pennsylvania and other States of the Union.. Eventually he drifted to the Mormon s:ittlcment of Raymond and took up' land there, and his exporience was unfortunate. As I showed in the p^evious letter, "dry farming" in southern Alberta, while it has been highly successful in some cases, has not averaged well �ith the Mormons. Our Welsh friend put forty .acres into wheat and got Just nothing at all. It is more than likely, however, that tho ox-coUicr was not at the best of times an a-dopt in agriculture, and particularly in the careful methods needed to secure success in a dry soil. He x.d-mittod that wi|h what he" called "harrigatio^" tho result would doubtless have been ditlerent, and was dillerent with those of his neighbors who took the water. His fail - blurred; I watch on gradual slope arid foothill crisst, The dark line pf^the herd; EARL KIRKHAM Central Boot & Shoe Store W. T. HENSON. PBOP. Lethbridge, Alta, SAVE MONEY NOW - - 1 can Bell you lots now in Tabor for $100, that will be Belling at $200 in a month's time. Good Fanning Land for aalo Iso. W. F. RUSSELL Real Estate Agent ~ Tabor, Alto. herds ot old . Darkened/the Asian plain." THE COWBOYS. And something primal through my ^^^^^ Grassy Lake. Alta. tance of Raymond, and ho had no being thrills, where is Grassy Lake? asks the money to spare for railways. His For that line met the night when reader. Well, it is not a place of sons are kept on their homesteads life bSgM, metropolitan dimensions, and may with diflflculty, their hearts being And cattle gathered from a thous - very well pass unnoticed by the or- �et on returning to thoir old pursuit and hills dinary traveller. It lies halfway he- of coal-mining, which brings in more Have kept the trail with man tween Lethbridge and Medicine Hat imimcdiate'returns'at least, and pro- Till their calm eyes his greater on the Crow's Nest Pass line of the bably their are influenced by the fact Iliads'hold. C.p.R. in daylight tiMre is hero %a another brother, who is work- Tho wonder look, the dumb re- population of about twenty,- but i" t*" mines down the lino at proof and pain, ' when our party arrived there about Taber, was married the other day. Have followed him since Abrain's three o'clock in the morning the pop- As to his chances here, the Welsh- ulalioii was wrapped in sleep. On fairly optimistic. Ilis the wholo Grassy I^ike would sesm wheat is promising fairly and lack-to bo very like its neighbor, Whoo^- ^ only'a little rain to make a good up. judging from a remark I heard "'op practically certain. Happily addressed by a Lethbridge gentleman ^ho rain has come since our talk and This is the more sentimental bide to a Hamilton lady at the Leth- '""'end should be cheerful. His of cattle ranching. The practical bridge hotel tho other day. "I am heart however, still loans to coal, aspect of it takes shape in tho cow- sure, ybu would like Whoopiip," he f^*^**- confessed that in digging a boy camp that has suddenly come in- remarked gaily, "if you come, from well ho had run across "a seam of to life here. The outfit camo along namilton." But tho point was Jo�t, his thoughts, too', fend to one afWernoon. Tho foreman at once because the Ilanillton lady took It the" direction of devijloping Grassy sized up tho situation and ' in al ^ 'i^ a'compliment to'her city. Both Lake into another busy little milling most less time than it takes to tell Grassy Lake and Whoopup have as town, while he has visions of great-It tho two large tonts were erected 5'ot risen only to tho dignity of flag �'e*ith than he could,hope for and a headquarters establishwi. The stations. The bagga^gcmcn putJ 9ur ffom 7arnting a quarter sccton in  first tluty of th�j men will l)c to possessions down oh the broad prair- somewhat arid country, round-up "strays" and drive thoin ic beside the track and the train For some curious reason Welshmen outside the limits of the new ranch, wont on into the uarkncss. The pociilinrly stiscoptible to the bt. While tho new lands were unloa.sed. buildings of the place consistsd of Kun^nts of the Mormon missionaries or some portion of them romnihed the station agent's house and a tiny the Grassy Lake Celt il so, cattle fed at large here from general store, and the latter ws he had succumlied to those influences many ranches and fnrniiii. Owners of eventually concluded to be the local replied that he had no religion missing cnttlo will in all probability substitiito for a King Gdward Ho- at all, but if he wore to adopt aiiv secure them at the rouml-up, but tel. With somo difficulty we aroutod form he thought he would favor that IS their own affair. Tho n nv the proprietor and secured acco n- Mormonism He had' only good cattle will como along as soon as modation for the night. Our bag- words to say for the Mormons, and thirty miles thruughtho blood I'e-scrve, near Macleod, with Mr. I'at Burns, tho fatuous organizer of the meat industry Alberta and Brit -ish Columbia. JB-. Burns was inspecting the. cattle of a rancher who had Icascti lands on the reserve, and it was interostintrjlo see how his (X-perienced eye observed and noted tho characteristics of tho animals amid which he, drove, A score or so of typical Iwasts were scrutinized closely, a ooiipio of hundred, perhaps, more generally, and on the strength of his observations Mr. Burns pur > chases in all probability some three thousand hoad. There were some eight or teh thousand cattle on ttve reserve, yet so vast were these grazing that wo had driven for a couplo of hours without lluding a tn*aco .ol them. From ton to fifteen acres per hoad, it should bo remembered, go to the making of a cattle ranch in a country where tho aninuils are out tho year round �nd rcciuire toed only in quite exoptional circumstances. There were a good many Indian cattle noticeable. They were dLstin -guishud from those of thu rancher of course, only by the brand. Sov eral.of the Iitdians, I leariHid, ' own cattle in considcralile numbers, reaching in a few cases to from one to two hundred head. The question of building tip,nn export dead nwat industry caniu up for discussion. Mr. Burns was asktnl if he did not think the export of dead fnoat would prove more profitable to the rancher than the shipping of live cattle, that had to be killed on arrival in Great Britain, with the de-pnsciatioa of tho quality of the meat consequent on the long journey over railway and sea. Mr. Bum's was Dot at all favorable to the idea. He would not even adntit that the rattle embargo established in Great Briain was a dotrimtnt to Canada. "It is much better," he claimed, 'to liave tho cattle finished here, where pasttire is so cheap, than there, where it is so much more costly. Of course the Scotch farmers vant the embargo taken off, because they would get the benefit of the feeding industry. The only injustice I see in the embargo is the fact that it is supposed to bo a protection against our diseased cattle, which of course, db not exist here. Mr. Buriis was asked if it would not be an advantage to export two-.vear-old steers, instead of four-year-olds, granted the removal of tho embargo, so that the animals might spend a long enoiigh time in Great Britain to sell as English beef, and secure much higher prices than, at present. This is the argument most-' ly preferred liy the rancher. But Mr. Burns was obdurate on the point. He doubted that the in-crca.scd price obtained would offset the increased cost of maintenance in Dritisn, and, referring again to the question of a dead meat trade, he mentioned the point that when the live animal is shipped ho carried with him to the best market hide and offals, without any extra charge. A more serious objection still would lie that to ship meat to England in the best conditio;^ tho trade would have to be confined tO'theJate stmuncr OR, P. W. TULLER i-HYSIClAN AND SUROEON LETHBRlt)OE Jfflee-Over Oit'a Barber Shop. aom-U-.on to li-.m noon; S:00 to 5:00 p. m.: 7:00 to 8:30 p. m. Office Nlghi B -.11 and Telapboo* SIMMONS 4 BENNETT ' Barristers Ac. LETHBRIDGB AND CARD9TON Lethbridge Office, Sonthard Blovk Money to Lend on Town and Farm Property W. O. BiMMOMB, B. A., CcowB Proaceito' G. V, BsM-fiTT B. A. DR. G, G, GRA6G PHYSICIAN AND SUROEON Ofliee-Over HlB;i:.�>iitb|m's Dro( Store PHONE ' \ Ottloe 120 Houie94 Dts. Mewbum & Galbtaith Phyiiciani, Sufgconi, Ascouchtn Office-Redpath St. cor. Burdett. Hours-Before 9 a.m,, 2-3.p.m, 7-8 p. m. Sundays-2.30 to 3.30 p. ni. Telephones 41 and 53. F.H.Mewburn W. S. Oalbbaith M.D. C. M. M. D.C.M., Dts. DeVeber & Campbell Physicians and Surgeons Offices-Ott block. 'Phone 143. DR. B. JACKSON dentist Graduate Northwestern University Dentar^hool, Ohica^'o. Office-Otlkock. Drs. McClure & Stewart subgeov dentists Office-J. D. Higinbotham's new block. Office Hours-9 am. to 12 n. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. J. E. ALLEN Architect pad Superintendent . RAYMOND - . ALBERTA, A. W. McVittie Dominion Land Surveyor Will devote his entire tiine during the, summer to laying out new townsites. Contract prices ro. Kumor, in induced tho storekec)>er lately to tlons I have bad during my stay in fact, has already aiRsigncd to it the odd four tiny cubicles to his estab- the weet. 1 had the pleasure one name of Taylor, after the former lishinont and oftor accommodation to duf of driving between twenty and and early fall, .and the extensive a-battoir and cold-storage appliances on raitvay and steamer would be idle most of tho year, while the sudden importation of large quantities of Canadian dead meat into the British market would seriously lower prices there. Tho wholo question is frequently, discussed frogn every point of view by those interested in tho extensive cattle trade of the west. Banchory generally, 1 fancy, would be glad to see the embargo lifted, so that their cattle might' finish in England and Scotland, and bring higher prices, and one or two with whom I talked would gladly see a dead meat industry built up, and considered it practicable; Onr of the largest in the wost pointed out that against tho disadvantage of the hide and offal being left in the poorer market in the case of dead meat, there was the very important difTcronco of f 14 for dead meat as against $30 per head on tho hoof for shipment to liviir -pool, those being the figures lyiuted by the C.P.li. when the railway authorities hdid gone into the matter The figures included, ol course, the refrigerator service. The short serious difHculty, but this might be largely overcome by detaining the moat in cold storage on this sitee Our Stock Before BuyLigElsewheie. WeCan'tDoIt For what some 'others do your work for BUT WE CAN DO Better, which is more important to you, as the life of your is lengthened by our pro-cess of laundering them.: Neck Comfort Isn.t possible when your collar has "saw teeth" eilges. In our laundry every collar is ironed' with a ainootb, round, comfortable edge-no extra charge either. Phone 146. Wagon calls everywhere. Let us try a lot for you. baandry* Ltd* ;