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A Northern Waterway

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The project of the Hudson'a Bay Co. in putting a steamboat on the Athabasca river is a movement that promises the most important results to that faroff country, and is one of the most daring of the many flights of enterprise that have marked the opening up of the northwest and much greater than their other act of building a tramway around Grand Bapids and putting steamers on the Saakatchewan. When a railway is built across an unopened country, a line of settlement is sure to follow, and to contribute largely to furnishing traffic for it. But this case is widely different, for its mission vrill be to open up a country at present unsettled by any save the employés of the Hudson's Bay company, some missionaries, a few traders, and a mere handf ui of men who have gone in this season to test the agricultural capabilities of the country to which the Athabasca affords the readiest access, and which is reported as being equal in fertility to any part of the continent. The steamer in question is no mere toy affair, but will be worthy of the noble stream it is to ply upon. It will be provided with powerful machinery of the most modern character, only equaled by that of the new steamer now being placed on the Saskatchewan. Few people can form an adequtea conception "of the difflculties to be overeóme in taking the ponderous machinery overland to its destination, nor the amount of labor that will be involved in getting the necessary timber and material ready in those remote regions, where everytlrng ia done by hand, and where skilled workmen of the various classes necessary to construct the vessels must all be taken in by the company. Capt. Smith, so favorably known on the Saskatchewan, will probably be sent north to supërintend the construction of the new vessel. The machinery, etc, were taken to Cariton a short time ago and dispatched to their destination by the company's ordiuary route. The successful working of this boat will give an Ímpetus to travel and trade that will soon make the present organized territories, with their Unes of steamer3 and railways, seem to be among the central if not the eastern territories. This boat will be the pioneer in opening up a aystem of magnificent stretches f ar grander and of greater extent than the famed St. Lawrence system. - Saskatahewan Herald. A smart hut ambitious man wrote bit name and addresa on a ten dollar bank note, so that thousands of people wonld think of him as they handled that money. Four days afterwards the note was traoed back to him by this ineans, with the pleaaant discover that it was eouater í'eií.


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