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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 6, 1906, Lethbridge, Alberta TtlC LRTtfBTlTDOR RETIATjD if  The small punt in which 1 neachsd the lake was too films.v to be considered as a means of crossing that tetnpaetuous body of wtar. and I was compelled to wait at th"; foot of the lake for a York boat. There 19 a smiHl' settiemeint at this point, which includes three white mien ,xnd half a dosen families of half^breod.s. This etd of tha lake is overshadowed by the largei' .settlement at tlw head. There Is. however, much good land In the vicmitv and the first few farmers who wttle hnre are sure to do PHONE 179 when you need a CAB To go to the S'atioji or brinj,' friends lo yonr honn;. well. The finest piece of wild grass I ever saw e.\tend.s for about ton miles eiist of tlij lake. 11 runs back about three miles on either side ean sailng more.than half an hour, when upon pa.ssing two Lep-ees, we were hailed from tho .shoro^ An aninuitod conversation in Cree at about half a niile rangf, then suddenly the helm was put about. the sail httu'.ed down, and we went a.shoro and let that fine breeze blow ilwAi o\�t up the lake. The placo ihi-y chos^! to land was tho worst in miles. \ low shelving boai-h rar. out into tho waiti-r and we could not comj within a hundreil an^ fifty yards of 'the shorj. I nad just .succmlc'd it. drying my boots aft.-r haying got iheni w;M at luncii time and I djterrninod not to do ar.y more wading. Their method of .^ecur ing the boat �as puerile to a de"^-gr;-;'. On oither side of her stern thyy hammered a stake a foot or two into (bo loose sand and then passed a line around they hnened alter thill, lor I fell aslx, niy knees on anoiU-er. iny hip in about three '.nchteppei:ilt a. big stable in a pine grove at N'ni Mile point, raised a bumper crop of (.>otatoes in tho furrows mn-do iti dragging the lofis. Thu.v had no implements 01" ary WikI. There is ona splendid tract of prairie land along th,? .Swan riv.ir. {u.st south of tho lake. ^, A710I;T the settlement. bottom out on the sand, and �t that pour.led jK-r sickeningly on Mk. snor-mo.nent n looked as if we were ;mle away, leaving iheboaf fended her olV the stones with poleH On reaching Lesser Slave Lake so-tloineivt, i was fortunate enough to find a freighter about to pull out for I'cnce Hiver crossing, and 1 was 'ible to continue my journey without the loss of an hour. Uis was starting light. So tluvt a quick trip was u.s-sureKl. This settlcmient vould he be quito a place if it wore more compact, bift '.t is sti\?tcl*ed out for six or seven miil.'?s. First j'oii come to Hovillon Bros." ivstablishtiK-nt, storo, wnrohouso, stables, bourdinir~hou.se, etc., tlvn for a half mile, half-breed hut.s are jscattcrcd along tha roati, and \ou convo to tho big estaiblish -mcnt of the J{. C. mission. An av  orage of thiva hundred children .tva taught hero. Tho buildings, whians� of lliiff.i'.o ba.v, which is connected with tho lake proper liy a short creek. For-niorly tha boats were abla to lanil just below the company's store. A-cross thay aivs several low rounded hills, with rich farms along ihe base. With thair heavy blue shad - ows ill I ho brilliant sunshini\ i hey look like the hills in Lhe south of France. .V .short distance fuither is tho-|T!pUiited pol'icor^btirmiks, thori .^()U make a wide circuit through a piece of bush and across a big rtat to tha ICngli.sh ni'ission on tha other side of tha Iwy. It is on this lat that tho great Dominion I>ay sports are hehl oach year. The Indians ami breeds travel for thifo hundred miles lo attend them. When we passF^I, the fi'auiiework of the little ivstaur-ants was still standing, and tha judges' stand still marked tlw finish of the course. FIELDS AUE FERTILE. l>n either sirle of the English mission are tho Wttle farms of tha half-l,reet of hero is tha I'rairio river settlement, the larges't farini.ig community n tha north, excep't Fort Vermillion. r meant to vis'.t the spot on my way back, but as luck would have it, thoro was a boat in waiting to pull out, so I ditl not see Prairie river. Tha.v hud wonderful succr.:;.-^ w'llh oats this soason. and one settlor raist.Nl a thousand bushels of wheat. As oats range from SI.25 to *a.00 a bushel, and wheat is S2.00 a bushel at' this point, they may bo said te doing well. It should be remembered, however, that it costs a pile to bi'iivg in farmng implements, and sugar is twvnty-five cents a pound. West of Frairio River, I was tohl by Mr. St. Cyr, the surveyor, who .Nothing untoward interrupted our progress across the portage. We saw a lynx or two, and innumcroblo frcsii tracks of bcur, and moose, and we cnp.si7XKl onco among the stiHni>s; that �vas uU. The road is fair.'y good, except about thirty milos through the hcav.est timtier, where the mudholes are somathing to niaKc? a .stranger open his eyas. But in- V.v. councr.x', they said tho road wnP ui fii-st-class shape, and told stories of the da.NS when it look forty days to cross. My drivi.-r haa of tlmt curious tribe which knows no home but :ts vnggons. He never know, where he and his team would find themselves next week, but with his grulj-box ami his b.^dci'lng ha was always provided. Each night we down in the iiuoanlight heskle a roar-ir.g fire. Tho lir.st night on tlv,' roa with frost. At noon tliiit day wo lost a lot of time, owing to the antics of one of our horses, who trotted around and around tha little opening wo ..ero camped in. iukI absolutely refused to bo caught. My driver suJd he was has been tirawing tho first bnso linos j^aken that way once l)ering with rago, when v.e to it, but one could easily bo male finally cornoretl him. AilJout 3 o'clock by following the Iwise Una the great- I had the wonderful sight I bad bcuii waiting for. my first glimpse of THE PEACE RIVER, r part of tho wa,\-. HEAVY TIMBER Ixnvin.g Buni'alo l>a.\ . we struck in-| There is only one hill during tho lo the heavy timVar which coiitinuas whole of the portage betwwn It warning. 'ou come out from among the trees lathe ci!culinrly vivid light �Bris'H. There Is a, cons/ider -nblu amoui.t of jnckpine also anil scattered snruci-. Here dnd thciv are natural oiienings among the trees, which are invariaMy called prairie.'i. thouAh the.v ma-v be bin big enough to turn around .n. One of tlwse op-erfngs, Called ren-Vine prnirio, was far below you stretches a mighty valley with u nilvor river .n it.� midst. Thoiv is a point ju.*f, . Ijefore you begin lo descend jr.to the valley whale you con stand and look up thi. \ IV-'ace River for about ten miles. It a narrow ,<�trip about a niile long j is one of tha most glorious views in stretching dowr. to a piwtty creel; , the world. The river is eight hun-o" one side. .\s it lay umlor th.! ^ drwl font below you In a narrow brilliant Attgu.st sunshine, I have trough-like wlley, iwrhap* throe never senn an.vthing richer, gnaoner miiles from rim to rUvi. At your K