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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 22, 1906, Lethbridge, Alberta 5^. �4 We have 50 fine level Residential lots, situated in the east end of the city, and within five minutes' walk of the east end of the Union Yards. The Price Runs from $150 to $250 According to location. Ail lots are 25x125 feet, and run to 25'-foot lane. Better buy now, before the price doubles. These lots are beautifully located in the most fashionable part of the city, and are not far from water and sewer. For further particulars, apply to THE C. B. BOWMAN AGENCY LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. IN DAYS GONE BY Tbe Writer Has Soine loterestin^ Stories of the Calgary-EUjjton-ton Trail. Charles L�wis Shaw in the Edmonton Nev-8 gives the following inter-Kting story of the old Calgary-Ed -monton iraili- Be�t retuembered of all was the old Calgary and Edmonton trail, in the UniriBning of the war-path oJ Croe and Blackfect, then the trail of the fur trader, then of the survey parties, then the old stage line and now the Calgary and Edmonton railway. It is astonishing how succeeding ppo pie and conditiotis have followed preceding footprints in the Canadian uwt and what a world of passing �tones mnat yet. cling to the historic trail whose terminals wero Culgary and Edmonton. What an inbcrestiiig chapter in the story of Altterta,could Donald McLeod and the dr4vers of the stage, -the two Pete Campbells Big and - Little Pete who probably travelled it oftener than any other three mem, could have told of thu Edmonton and Calgary of the latter half of the eighties of last contur/, of the men and women who camf^ond went) of the confidences of the hopeful newcomers and the bitter regrets of the outgocrs. John Brown, serious niilndml, Indus Bown of the olden days with his the same party, tak'ing uur ini^>als tr.ous, legal practitioner as ho >s nowadays, boyish as ho may bo in tbe blushes >that belie his strength of purpose and the forccfulncss o( his active brain could tell much of the �toryof the old Calgary trail and of Calgary's beginning, for the John PHONE 179 when 5'ou noed n CAB To go to the B'ation or bring friends to your home. kindliness of heart was the confida.at of many. Best of all would toe the rero'iniscences of dear olf Donald Mc-Ijeod, the passionate, secretive West Uighlamlman who has taken the long mysterious trail of the dead to another world. It doesn't seem long though nearly two decades have passed, sl.nce Donald McLeod took a week to get started and three days to travel, with 'mo as his companion, the two hundred miles Ijetwccn Edmonton and Calgary. For that was the woy of Donald, the way of the old time spirit of the w'ost of which ho was iho emibodimont, .slow in initiative but recklessly hasty in 'e-xccution of a project once entered upon. I| was the old Shagganapp. spirit, a spirit which explains some of the disasters of the old timers in modom busln.'ss cond-.tions. It was of the ntiTn-,.t-phoru of the Far West ami was partly tlue to associations with the Indians, the most irregular and imsys-tematic of human l>eings, an, inJicat-lon on the part of whifia nii?n among natural surroundings to i-etum to primitive cowlitions, appealing par-ticulftrl.v to the cKstinctivcly primitive white races such as the Ctjit.a theory corroboratofl b.v the fact that the major pKirtion of the hatf-Jlireed IJopulation of Wcstei-n Canaout twenty five miles along tha trail. The landlord was siiddonl.v caWc'J \ipon to go away, leaving tlie duties of.hi.s odlco to ho filled 'by li^s bright e>Vil, hali-biecd daughter. A youn? rancher, an old country man. completed the party that, gathuivHl around the quaint tablu d'hulcl in the log shack that evening. Judge Houleau told his witt'iust .stories, Mr. McDowell, tall. di'gnifiIa.*t, famil.'os of Galloway, Scotland, was re-sarvi-d and pro-occupied, for tho fas'tunus wore in the direction of the, wind I hat blew hot and smoke laden from his tim'bor limits on the foothills ii few nvile.s away. Donakl McIx'otI vas quiet and attentive for ho had Lhi. innate Celtic appreciation of Iho.sf gentle bidding, and the .young lan chor and I attended particularly U) the bacon ami bannocks, and ihe nimble fing-ers of tho dark-eyed hand maiden. An tossing figure of McDowiill, onen in-' front door and step out into the moon-lit night. The young rancher and I were un- der the same blankets. Slowly and easMy he slipi>cd from their folds, r.?placi^ tho blankets coimfoptablj about me and proooedwl noiscly and l>arc"ioote'dl,v to tip-to ii;s way to tho front door whitlio^ .v>ic� with the su.sccptiiilc heart had iiroooded him. I said nothing, I did two young people wuro desirous of sitting out on a hard door-step on a daw dumfrenod corral-guard nwl han.l in hand absorb moonlight and mr.t to repeat what Donald said in hushed English. He and Ci\>o, for ho rocpiirod an expert kiioAvlod'gf! of the sufnu-Uutives of threo Itingimg'os apparently 'to express l.t.s feelings: .-Vwakionod from sleep in the ordin -ary manner Donald Mcl.eod, usually the kindliest of men, was irritability. Wakonod from sleep in the mid dip nf the niftht b.v a. covort attempt to circumvent his watchfulnass and nn iocold bare foot placed firmly on his fnco and situated whoro he could not mnv.-i nn.I .s'tamp wore too much. Ho hold on to the bare foot and talked in husky whis piers until the dark-oyed cause of all tho trouble, tired of a meetingIfj.y moonlight whore sho was so much ttlonn, slipped q*iiclly back to hor room. II If anyone has a niorVfid curiosity in tho valley of the Saskatchewan to know who tho Lxrthario of this incidwvt of the Calgar.v trail was lot him occasionally sing in tho social pathcringfi of tho North Saskuf-chowan Iho old love-song: "j>fo:!t luo when moonlight lis beam-intr." "And we'll hoar tho fir.st Whiiv poor-Will sing." And when a rospoctablc irvi'ddle-ag-ftd married man tries to look unconscious and grows tincomfortably rod that is the num. Judge TJoidoau with a roguish twinkle in his eye and in his splcn* did musical voice made tho old Calgary trail ring with that song at regular intervals during tho remainder of tlic trill. But a trip of two hundred miles with Donaltl McLijo.l .Judge lioulcau and Mr. McDowall on tho old traiil is worth more than ono story of rominlscen.sus. WESTER.V CANADA'S DUSTliV. COAL I N- Ovor TweJv^y \\eil lOs'lablishod Col-liories in .\lborta uikI Su.s-katchowan. Ottawa, Nov. 12.-If the dov-olop -nient of tho coal .i%u.stry is to l)c taken os indicative of tho prosporilj and development of a region, tlion wesfeni Canada is making ul'mosl unprocodentcd S'triiles. Jli-. 'J'. C. Denis, of the geological survey, has ju.st returned from a visit 'througli the princiiNil wes'tcrn coal fields of tho mainland and he reports ,hai overywhere coal mining is going a-iiead at a trcmemlous rate. Jt is^ only a very few .years since ihii cnl.v :oal mines worthy of the name oper iting in Altcrta were tho LethS^tidgo iml tho Canmore mines. Those have gxparrdod into large enterprises, und many other similar ventures have .s.ince achieved success. There aro now in the provinces of .\lborta and Saskatehevan over twenty wo!I is tabl..shceak louder tlKin words. The records kept l"y tho mines soct ion of the geological survey shov that in 1887 tlKj coal production o' the then Northwest Territories was for that year 7i,152 tons, valuod al �ir,7,577. In 1905 the figuros for .Vlberta and Saskatchewan had nt-tainofr 1,000,000 tons, representing a value of over $2,000,000. Tn other words, in eighteen years tho production had increased alwut four -teen fold. But oven nt a vor,v greatly incroas-ed rale of production, the (piestion of exhaustion of tho fos.sil fitol is .vet in a future exceedingly rfcmoto, foi it has lieen calculate*! that the coa' bearing region of iho great plair provinces, botwcon tho intcrnationa* iKJimdary and the 5fith parallel �' latitude, has nn area of over 65,000 squarn miles. In this vast cxpan.se of coimtry a'" the ceted by the most .sanguine Kilnvontonian. Tho product of the mini* of this district is a ligivi'lic c(�al, well adapted to domestic uses. .Vt Uankhoad, near BanfT, tho Pacific Ctml Company is mining anthracite. The preparation of th-s coal for tho market is attended with the production of a ver.y large proportion of coal flust, the coal company is at present erecting a very' complete and up-to-date briiviiuetting plant, and His expected that within a few months an excellent fuel, new to tianada, will be placed on the market in the form of "anthra'dtc coal dust briquottas." On tho nminland of British Colunv-bia the coal indus'try has not been less active. It) is true that in 1900 the only producing company besides th(! Vancouver Island collerics was tho Crow's Nest Coal company, but proi)arations wore l)eing made in the Crow's \e.st field, in ita northern extension and along the line of the Canadian Pacific rnilwa\- for the es-cablishnient oi now and important 'nines. At pre.sent the largest individual colliery of British Coiumbia, and of western Canada for that matter, is the Coal Creek,colliery of the Crows Ve.st Coal Company, Which can handle 4.000 tons of coal in a day of JO hours. Ovnr and above all tho producir g fields, thero are yet in these provinces vast tracts, underlaid toy Inca' :u!ablo fpmntities of coal, wh;oh are waiting tho advent of tho railnMid to bo dovolopod and to bccohupro  ducors: and IMr. I>Dnis bclieveap^tllat, iudging from all appearances, tlwy will not have to wait very lohjf. Uegina parties and a represcnta( from that city has been in tho during tbe week closing a big tract with the Crockford mine will now lie fully developed aikd,J ploy a large gang of men to the emergency. FORESTEBS AT CHUnCll MEDICINE HAT COAL. (Medicine Hat News.) It's an ill wind that blows no  body gooarade. Tho or cupiiMl tho front and centre the church and I'istened to a.! I able, forceful and appropriat course liy tho pastor, Beaker emphasized distinctive features in man i.shnoss and sorvieo. Ibe | said ho, was from bolow an a planb^ selfishness to ono of sorvice. Hia w glad, in reviewing tt�e principles forestry, to find that tho order exi ioil for the latter end and had pro en thomsefves in the past to ixs a�J lous to .serve-In sickness, in need, i fiCstress and in brotherly niid an sympathv, and expivs.s