A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society - download pdf or read online

By Jim Blanchard

ISBN-10: 0887556655

ISBN-13: 9780887556654

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, whilst its lectures have been attended via 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. along with writings via early historians reminiscent of George Bryce and Charles Bell, he contains a paper by way of 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 contains vigorous own reminscences, equivalent to Gilbert McMicken, Canada's first spymaster, conversing 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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O'Donoghue [whom McMicken calls "O'Donnabue"], a former member of Riel's Provisional Government, and the same John O'Neill ["O'Neil" in McMicken's account] who had fought at the Battle of Ridgeway. 4 McMicken, however, portrays Riel as a traitor, "haranguing" his followers and offering to help Lieutenant-Governor Archibald only after the Fenians were arrested by the American army. McMicken's colourful language—the Fenians are "green ribbon decorated rapscallions" and a stage driver is a "vile lame lump of 2.

He, we found, was an Irishman Americanized; a full blown Fenian. Ritchie and Fuller pretended to be Americans and in full sympathy with his views. He told them he had been sworn in about two weeks ago, that they would see fun at Garry although he did not know how it would be now, as the leaders had made a big blunder. The raid was planned — 48 — The Abortive Fenian Raid on Manitoba to take place in November when the route by the lakes could not be passed over, and now the raid was ordered for Wednesday.

It is known that for years he has been considering the propriety of establishing in his native land some useful educational institution. At one time this was thought of as a 'Normal School' and the University Act bears traces of an intention to provide for this on the part of the framers of the Act. Since that, the University of Manitoba has shown itself to have the "potency" for future good. Mr. Isbister was greatly delighted with the unsectarian character of the University, so thoroughly uniting all ideas in the country.

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