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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1906, Lethbridge, Alberta LftTIf BRIDGE ItBKALD I T Buy your Coal from Morison Dixon this month and GET A COUPON which may bring you, without extra cost, a RUBBER TIRE TOP BUGGY Manufactured by McLaughlin Co., of Oshawa, Ont. With Every Ton of Coal Delivered by us we give a. coupon. Each coupon has number. You will place the coupon you receive in a locked ballot box at Post Office as soon after you receive it as possi- ble. As soon as tons have been delivered by us. a child will put his hand into the ballot bos and withdraw one coupon. The number on this'coupon will be the lucky winner of this handsome buggy. Our Price for Coal And delivery is the same as any other transfer company in this city. We make a specialty of transferring and moving. Capable men and efficient equipment to handle your shipment. The Buggy may be Your coal costs you no more and the buggy is simply a poition of our profit on delivering .000 tons of coal. We adopt thia method of advertising. Cmt we deliver a ton for you to-day V 1 Phone ISO. A Swell Buggy standard, Sarven patent, with' sand bands and dust caps heavy 1 inch height 3 feet 0 inches, and feet 10 inches. IK-w patent steel drop-forged fifth wheel and perch ends; graded English cast steel springs; heavy 1 inch steel axles, drop pattern, with patent rubber and br iss washers. and seat black gear carmine or green. throughout, extra heavy, and strong with iron corners, 58x20 in. seal, measures -12 inches between the bows. hand-buffed leather; spring back and spring cushion; sides of seat padded; cai1- pet; rubber apron, with pocket: special heavy five bar solid-foot dash, with silver mounting; one- lever top. THE MORISON DIXON TRANSFER Co. PHONE 180. "THE TRANSFER LETHBFIDGE. Office over Hick Wakelv Store. r A Journey to I Peace River Jjssser Slave Lake lies atout 'JOO It :s from northwest. of Edmonton. eighty miles long and varies live miles to 'twenty miles iu -width. It la drained at the eastern end l.y the Lesser Slave river, which in turn emptier into thp. Athabasca. Stand- ing on the eastern shore and up the lake, stretching to the shor well. The finest piece oi wild grass I ever extends for about ten miles east of tit; Jake. It runs about three miles on .either side the river into beautiful little valleys by pine-clad ridges. The grass is mostly of th.2 1'anion.s joint variety., with a smaller. ;quan tity of red-top and Scotch grass. It grows four fpc't, Mgh in places, and it ready for cutting a second time month after the first cutting. A mixed farmer in this neigh bo would find his market right at door, among the hali-breeds of settlement and the freighters in izoa. or.e is struck bv its resemblance {winter. to thy wkler part of Lake Cham-! plain. On either hand ara 'tha sams ABOARD THE YORK BOAT. mountainous -hills' and out in the Jake is a siirgle big island, like Wolfo island. The lake swarms with fish I lingered at the foot, of the for a week, waiting for a York boat I saw lake trout, iackfish, ffold was hospitably entertained nuinn grayling and matchless white'teh. Quantities of tho labter variety are shipped out to Edmonton In a ..state during the winter. Quantities of coal are to be found along the various creeks into the lake and there must be seams of coal on the lake 'bottom, for fine coal is thrown up on the shore by tha wa.-as while. On the seventh day she hove in view around a ber.d in the riv-er. laden almost to the gunwale with goods. boats have bean built in the north for upwards of two centuries. They are long, low, open boats, with a high, pointed bow stern like an ancient Norse galloy. They are rowed down stream with There are Indications o! natural iras j huge sweeps ami pulled up against the current much as I tracked my little boat. When ths wind -is astern t.hey raise a big square saM am'kls-hip Coming up the crew of eight is divid- ed into two sh'ifts, each of which And- pttroleum in many places, and copper Is supoosed to exist in'large quantities in tha Swan hills, so'ith of the small punt in which 1 reached the lake wts too flimsy to and bales around to make room for the sweeps. Our progress was viiry leisurely. shift of four wen would take n. trick of ten the oars and then give place to tha others. As much time v.-os spent in changing as in rowing and we were continually stopping ro give some member of the craw a chance to shoot, a duck" a eoose or u which he never h'it. A SLOW VOYAGE. There was an entire absence of dis- cipline and every memU.-r of tho crew tool: part in the endless discussions in Cree as to whether we th-3 sail or pull or go ashore and eat. Jereslis amused himself by pluy- ing jigs on his fiddle and one of Hxn men sang "Ta-ra-ra in Cree. Tlw words must haw been very funny to judge the Taugli- ter of tho others. Another found a pile of stove which linrt dropped out of one of the -boxes. lie sat down and looked each ona, though they were all iden- tical. I glonced over his shoulder and found him trying to guzzle out a picture of a self-fender stnn-i- ing on its At noon we went ashore nt ;viuo ifile paint to "spell." A great fire of brushwood, was built en tha shor.; an-d water put on for tho tea. The te con- takes the tracking line for an nom- [half-breed's invariable fare tes -'l.-.s sldered as a iHjeans of crossing thar. !at a time. One has only 'to see ih? the big pail of tea. xvas green-look- tempestuous body of water, and T four men harnessad to the tow linj, "sow-bosom" and bannocks, was compelled to wait at th? foot beni almost at right angles with the Gnnn-jc1 s are made with 'baking pow- of the lake for a York boat. There j weight of the loaded boat, slipping der and cooked, in frying pans, tip- is a small-settlement at this point, j on th- edgo of the steep cut-banks, up before the fire. which includes three white men .xnd half dozen families of half-breeds. crawling R round willows, wading up to the waist, to that even an There Is. however, much Rood land j in the vicinity nnd the first few far- mers who settle arc sure to do hour of it is a test ofendur .by the larger settlement at-the head. Once they get started nothing will atop them, they must smash right, through everything. If oneslips oil r.ha bank into the water they roar with laughter and keep fight on. It la the place of the fourth man on the line to slip out of the harness and (disentangle the rope if it gets caught The delays were not by any means j over viili tha arrival of the boat at. jtha foot of the The half-breed After dinner we proceeded as be- fore. About 3 o'clock a nice breeze sprang xip again and the busi- ness of throwing the boxes and bales around shipping tha mast, etc.. was nil gone through again. and me to our own devices for :.he e a lit'tfe 'shelter in the stern against and spent a nicht. Jt cleared Io ter, the stars came out in full fnnre t'lvjrc was a wonderful display of it was a heavenly tuminl o'clock and from began to move slowly along in thu wind and rain. I don't know what after that, for T fell -'asleep7 under a bit of with my head on the sharp comer of a box, .my knees on anoth- er, my hip in about Lnclu-s of water. aBQ -It-rcsis' elbov in thKsinJ.ll of my bat'v. L only woke up onco. when someone inadvertently st-cppeil on me ami in tfri morn-Jig we were there and th.; sun was shining iously. On account of low water -the York boale' northern lights. Tit..' ui> nboi't cijiht dropped hy Maud S. Q who could speak n little lOng.ish. I thc-y had .spent, a wild niiiht gambling and the tom-tom. Xuturally the I or three veur.s. th wind had fallen, they putted for htvn compel k-d to land r.' hour and a half then wont Shjxw's which saven milc.s shore for another meal, t .his tlic at. the hoad of the lake. That was I found the boat whon I awoke. 1 an arrangement to have my spooj and started to walk along th-j shorr ami through bush. .There is lit tli? ready-made farming hind th Towards the erd of the afternoon. suddenly began to get anx ious about -the amount of time we were consuming on the journ.'.v Modesto informed me we would trav- el all night. Vx'e spelled at dusk, having crossed the lakes at the "Narrows" and reached the north em shoro. Hy this time they in .such A fever of impatlor.ce they xvould not wait to eat food in comfort l.y ilw fire but wad- ing out to the boat with the.r fry 'ing pans and pails, ami ate supppr cxftor we got way. Such is the huif-bri-ed voyagcurl A fav oiablivI'rc.-o7ti sprang up and we sail- "pLh, that of F.essvr though when the settlers to clear it. i-t will found x'ory fcr- tiie. Two friends of mine, who a. big stable in :i pine grove ut Mile point, rniserl a bumper of potatoes in the furrows made in dnigifing IORS. They hml no ini- pleir.ont.s of ar.v kitHl. There is orii ,r. splendid tract 01 >n ih '.r blsnket.s and -the maddening and ki-yiing was s-t'illcd for a while much to my relief. It was a fine night, with a young moon Chining ns she can only shino in nv'-r- Innd alonir south O! the hike. north. ?ilautl S. was at tho tiller Binning "outside" in his fxinny nrccise English. The "Banks of t.he Vv'abash" and "Just Beraxisj She made Dem Ooo-Coo Eyes" were in- cluded in his reporloiro. AHOUT THE SETTLEMENT. On reaching Ijesscr Slave Lake P had not more than hulf when vou need a CAB To go to the s'ation or briiu friemls to vonr CARTING ALSO J. G. Xextdoor tc Schweitzer's BAKERY. HEDFA ill STREET. idea of sa'iling is primitive. IIo Jias I to have a Fjur [days waited f0r a favor- jable wind, while Moersm-an and crow j gambled al) day on the shore and made night hideous with their, incei- 1 snnt ki-yjlng. T-Ifirly on tha fifth morning we jot away. At first. steersman, his nanui xvas .Tcresis. refusal point liUink to take nw. after T had waited t.wch-p days! Uu; l.y intimating that I hatl imporlnnt business with ihe firm by whom he VMS employed fl- head of i ho lake. I .finally per- iod him to change his mfnd. on a cool gray morn'irig, with a irterf; breath of wind astorr.. Pres- ently it away un-i t.he men were compelled to uns.up the mast with great labor. an hour, whj-n upon passing- -txvo ees, were hailed from the shore. An conversation in Cree at about half a mile range, sud- denly the holm was put about. sail down. went ashore- let that fine brow-? itsols out up the bxko. Tlw placo thry Jo land was the worst in ir.ilos. A low shelving bench rar. out into th.: wator -xr.d we could com_- within a hunrlroi and fifty yards of the I n.-.d just h, drying my haying goi them wot at lunch time nnd I djterir.inod not -to do ar.y more wading. Tlvir mc-tluvl of js.ictir ing tho boat xx.-x.s puorile to a On rvtfw-r side of her stem thoy hammorexi a stake ,a foot or two into the loose wnd ami then passMl ?x lino around stern would have round pounded her A STOUM. rreaccfu! scene was 'interrupted about ton o'clock -by mosses of heavy clouds, xvhifh seemed to roll up from quarter of tho heavens at once. Almost, wishout warning then? car.M a terrific crack of thunder and a, shan' Fonall of The sft.l came down in o, jiffy and we scurriM for the shore. They beach- ed tho and wont through the performance of tacking her j tlenwivt. I was fortunate to find a freighter about to pull out for rcace Uivor crossing, and T was -ible to continue my journey wittioiit the loss of an hour. was starting light, so that a quick trip was as- sured. This sett lemon t x'-oxrld lie quite a place if it were more com- pact, but '.t is 'stretched out for six or seven mibs. First you come to Kevilion llros.' ostablishm-nl. stor warehouse, Ktables, etc.. th-n for a half mile, half-brwl hut.s arc scatleretl along the roaci, and you come to tho big establish men I of the II. mission. ATX Av- erage of thrce hundred children .xrc taught here. The buildings, are of lumber, an unusual Muht in the north, are gay with paint', st ,u iiiLiriivn in rcr down r.n each sulc as it Were. Menu- a commandinfif from tihich -x whil, the Slorm broke in all its furv down to road. Across ihe road vain came down in buckets ac- is a by deafening cracks of thunder nnd blir.ding liglrtning. saw mill, n. consifl somre of profit to tho mis.s iTiut first crack Jorcsis disappearctl tlio canvas and stayrvl -thei bchavci? Tho first of bottom out on tho ..and. and at that oment u cc to havo e loss ns if wo were nasty niffht. Xo oft After a io{ more log huts-. buildings of the "company" in view in another superb position. Tho -T i from tha terrace in front is each other through it all. Mon {o bo forgot.tcn. Al vmsr stretches wirlo expanse of Tbiff.xlo bay, which is connected with tho lake proper by a short crook. For- morly tltoi' xvon- abT.i to lond just, bolow the company's store. A- the of the soon pulled up their rtimsy the l.oa! on and her on tfe sncr- Ins. I don'L know hoxv thev it, but somo of the boys wont nt, over rnc siviC" nmi shift tho a mile away. t Ivr off th- rross tlw Kay aro several low rounrl- olivrs orl hills, with rich farms along base. With ih-ir heavy blue shad- OWK in the brilliant sunshine, they i look like the hills in the south of Franco. A short distunca nnther is the-irjpunted' then Vou niixke a wide-circuit through a liecc of bush and across.a big .'lat to live-English nvisslon on the other side of the It is on this rJut the great Dominion Day sports xre held each The 1 nil inns and Breeds 'fttivel for thi-eo'hundretl miles to attend them. When we the frumowork is no roail to it, but one could easily be nut-Jc by following the base HIKJ grca-t- part of tlio way. ITEAVY TTMHKU IliifTalo bay. we struck ux- lo the heavy -timber which commits with breaks dHrfr.g the whole of the eighty milo port-ago to river. Most of it, is enormous or aspent. which rears its slcndar ..slonis'sixty and eighty in the air. etYcrt is lifid. for Unv long tninks arc mire th.> of loavos :xt top .s a peculiarly viv- id trrwn. Tlwre is a. able amoniit of 'jurkpiim also and scallcred snnnv. jlnd theiv firo natural openings among the J which arc 'nvarinl ly caMrtl j thonsh they mav bii-t big onontfh jto turn around .n. One of these op- enings, called T'ca-Vine a narrow strip about a niilc long stretching dowr. to a creen o" As it iny under th.> brilliant August, stinsbinr-, have no.vrr nnything richer, greener or more Ireautiful. Ami this was the nortb! Xothing untoward interrupted our progress across the portage. We saw a lynx or two, and .innumeritble fresh tracks of bean anil -moose, .and xve capsized once among the- stumps; that was all. The road -is fair'y good. except about thirty nv.los through the heaviest where the inmihole.s ai'e sonvathing to iiinK' a stranger opon liis eyas. But -in-t..V: councry. they -said the road wn? in firet-thiss shape, and told ni the days when it forty