Canada's Fertile Northland

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 146 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 Excerpt: ...to one channel. If that improvement were made a railway could be run down the valley; at present it would have to go some distance back, because the country is exceedingly swampy. EVIDENCE OF HENRY ANTHONY CONROY, OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, INSPECTOR UNDER TREATY NUMBER EIGHT. HEARD BEFORE THE SELECT COMMITTEE, FEBRUARY 25, 1907. Mr. Conroy stated that lie had been annually travelling through this northern country for about eight or nine years. He starts in along the Athabaska river, from Athabaska Landing, which is about 100 miles from Edmonton, and goes up the river to the junction of the Little Slave river, thence visiting all the Indian reserves in the treaty district. AGRICULTURAL LANDS. Mr. Conroy explained that the banks of the Little Slave river are natter than those of the Athabaska. They are not high. Say from Moose river, there is some good agricultural land, some open country. In fact in the opinion of the witness, the most of it, when the timber is cleared off, will be all good for agriculture. When you get up to the southeast end of Lesser Slave lake, the country around there, up to the valley of the Swan hills, is a beautiful country, some parts of it heavily timbered, while other parts are open. Mr. Conroy drove through there last fall. There is some prairie and some beautiful grass. The finest grass in the world grows there, blue top, some of it six or seven feet high. He drove through hundreds of acres of it last fall that was at least six feet high in most places. It has a regular river bottom, and the Swan hills are back about twelve miles from the lake. The basin all the way around the lake is a beautiful country, in the opinion of the witness. THE BLUE GRASS COUNTRY. The blue grass grows on the high land--blue joint as they c...

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