A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society by Jim Blanchard

By Jim Blanchard

A Thousand Miles of Prairie is a desirable examine Manitoba's early growth years (1880-1910) during the eyes and phrases of a few of the main fascinating personalities of early Winnipeg. This assortment brings jointly 14 items from the 1st many years of the Manitoba historic Society, while its lectures have been attended through the province's political and cultural elite.
     Jim Blanchard has selected choices that supply us a shiny style of the range of highbrow lifestyles in flip of the century Manitoba. in addition to writings by means of early historians similar to George Bryce and Charles Bell, he incorporates a paper through the younger Ernest Thompson Seton, who writes approximately his makes an attempt to elevate prairie chickens. there's additionally an outline of the final passenger pigeons present in Manitoba. the gathering comprises full of life own reminscences, similar to Gilbert McMicken, Canada's first spymaster, speaking approximately foiling a Fenian raid on Winnipeg, and Archbishop Samuel Matheson, who tells approximately his boyhood adventures within the nice crimson River floods of the 1860s.

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McMicken set the quadruple combination of the lock and placed all the funds in my charge excepting $5,000 in it, leaving it with the other two to be forwarded by ordinary conveyance. The delay occasioned some apprehension at Ottawa, for I was wired by Sir Francis Hicks (the telegraph line was now working), asking if they had arrived. Fortunately just that day, the 2nd of December, they were brought in by sleigh from Pembina, intact. . Night set in upon us and we hoped to slip past the Fenians, encamped somewhere along the route.

The birds may be seen standing in ordinary attitudes until suddenly one lowers his head, spreads out his wings horizontally, but slightly dipped, and his tail perpendicularly, distends his air sacs and erects his feathers, then taking the very shortest steps, but stamping his feet so fast and hard that the sound is like that of a kettle drum, he careers about, beating the air with his wings and vibrating the tail so that it rattles loudly, uttering a sort of cribbing crow, which seems to come from the air sacs.

They are now well grown and feathered on the back. They still adhere to insect food, rarely eating anything of a vegetable nature except that they are fond of wild strawberries. An ant's nest that would quite fill an ordinary bucket they pick clean in a day. —A cold day, though this is the 13th of July. Fearing for the safety of the chickens I took them into the house. They sat under the stove on the tin. Here they chanced also to receive the direct rays of the sun as it shone through the window.

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