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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta TheLethbrMgePaily Herald, Saturday, September BY PROFESSOR JOHN MACNAUGHTON OF McGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL Copyright 1910 by. Publishers' Press, Ltd. of their own, and after dinner we d the hymn of tneir evening pray- ers arising from the circle around the smoke and flame. They were all good Methodists, and never missed either and alders, over its sombre leaned dejectedly very im- age of a stygian stream. We had hoped to push out of tins drearv stay did not leave till tne afternoon of the ing up the links of old acquaintance- ship and indulging iu a good deal of It is characteristic of His Excellen- cy the "Governor General of Canada that his annual holiday on this oc- casion, as it'did last year, should ex- Horace's ideal of poetry by -harmoniously combining pleasure with to himself, and all around him, profit much greater cbaa is discernible on the surface to the general public of the Dominion and'to ine whole-Empire. Indeed it may truly be said that a sufficieat guarantee for these desiderata is secured under iearly'all'.conditions by ins'own. optim- istic-and vigorous personality (which iees the good-side of everybody and ereiythtog: and -is therefore apt to! if not actually to create ;the ripe- and astute statesmanship sos underrying in him, a rare, youthful zest in iife, and a ge- to all manner of impres- Tliis goes far to explain the Indubitable-fact that no living man seen -so much of Canada as he done; none ;has a kesner or -.broader sense of its mater- or-a earnest and sharper" eye for their de- i velopraeni in the wisest and widest: lines. An Indian orator at the mouth j the Sasfcaschewan described the ti-lpj 7 tfien jnst begun, as "His Excellencj'e I ..Arduous explorations." As a matter! of "fact no'forecast cf the journey as it actually shaped itself eocH nave felicitous. Jots been 'nothing arduous about "It It was one picnic. ETerything com- .make .it so, the truly 'royal' absence of (one almost pitied the few poor that vere met Fort Garry in looking at the interest- nours to visit ing collection of Indian work and in conversation with Mr. Chipman, the heatf of the Hudson's Bay Co. in Can" aca, Chipman and their charm- youns ed to content himself with landing near the mouth of the Saskatchewan, to Wer'and more cheerful Dancing and geneml jolUflcation: icis, or one or other at f Is, carrjlng heavy witt of tump-lines over .the ages. The representative.' and soon, in the soft glow of a line sunset, the wind having by this time entirely dropped. The Indians quick- ly made our camp, after bringing in plenty of firewood, but on this single did not set up the tents, so good and the other night of oar and paddle, an exquisite sensation of unimpeded movement and" a beautiful sight, A string ot water 'birds, as it were, -with white wings, moving swan-like along the water, often past endless stretch- of ryellow water lilies, with a fringe of reeds behind 'them, and rising .tall Chese again the' dark or light green foliage of spruce or poplar or tamarack on well wooded shores or islands, the delicate cedar canoe, carried His Excellency smoothly glid- ing and slipping through the water, with her polished well ahead when it came TO !occasion the ground .being j weather so fine. the kine e teuis arose as if .by magic under dert hands. it. did not take more on the average -than a quar nao. o.raise a .high po- iuuwiig the, nations -of the earth A very-, delightful hour-was spent at jit ifowever, haV.e taken ho Indians assembled in and at the jing meal waa ready.. At a little di- j 'ancc from us the Indians had a cauip- tne graceful of the whole troop. A Northern Stream. About two o'clock we stopped again to "boil the kettle" at the far end of the lake. Then leaving it and .-with it the waters of the Nelson, whose stream we had hitherto been descend- we began to push up the Echam- amisfi, a little tributory of tihe Nelson np less sinister to the eyes than, in the sound of its name in the ear, black stagnant pools roar of thundering fall's. by far tire load, and again- had- to; be -carried oodiiy: wnere the rapids were most dangerous, only the- 'most skilful of the Indians were entrusted with the' .perilous that sometimes the same men had to-repeat their feat sev- eral times over. They never made a i single mistake among ,all those'sharp rocks. Their tense faces, strained ;m sharp look -seemed to Know instinctively where 'and just how much to give the needful turn to tne swfft paddle. It was pretty to how much more smoothly they managed alter they had occ'e .gone down. Tho flr'stjtime the canoe might rusmng- like a mill race j the next one steered -by. the same two ror a mile and a half through a series j men' knew their channel "now of rapids and cascades quite lazily indolent able to canoes.- Accordingly the Hud grace to the flhe "gushing im- son's -Bay Co. have set up here a wood- Pulse" and easy spontaneous en four iron-wheeled ment of a move- and sluggish like the of a Highland peat .bog. trickling Wat 'looked Hire an immeasurable swamp, and fringed by oozy willows isiy. trucks, by which, our canoes and bag- gage, were transported to the calmer waters, below, the. -.falls. From this ror .five days of almost monotonous sunsnine( and general prosperity from the llth- the 15th, we went through a- whole endless seiTes of reedy island- ed rivers, their low snores covered- with the characteris- tic and rather valueless timber of this region, mostly, spruce, poplar and tam- aracx The longest Lakes were itnee-vLake, r.lfty. mUes long, and be- fore it Oxford Lake, which is thirty-' nve. J.ate.'ln.the evening of the What the lnctJan-.Is_Eittecu For. In the morning oi the -18th .-Rock mortage, the best of "all, was passed everything had gone as smoothly as if the jrough had-'been a-'tram- "y of polished steel rails fun' over well oiled :No''Wader it is hard for the Indian to take to it js difficult to "concefve men capable of the-brilliant burst- of energy, as well wary-tension required for this exciting kiud-of .Werk Breaking the slow :clods-and- waiting, with lovins; serenitv tn ._ g serenity to see turnips and potatoes, grow. Thank1 Heaven. tmoughoat' the, whole -stretch -'of .400 R0ck ;qual- in them the of I i ;