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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

Newspaper Accounts

Newspaper Accounts.

A correspondent of the 'Standard,' a Victoria newspaper, writes of the southern portion of the East Cascade Region as follows:—"Having travelled

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"twice through a large portion of the farming districts of British Columbia, I "am very strongly impressed with the great advantages the country offers to "any young man who may take unto himself a better half, and settle down in "any of those lovely green valleys, and there grow his own pork and beans, "with none to make him afraid while watching his chuckle-headed calves "and big spotted steers bouncing over the hills. It is a fact that all the "country which I am about to mention is covered with abundance of bunch-"grass, pea-vine, and rye-grass, from 2 to 6 feet high. It is a pity that people "who are looking for peaceful and prosperous homes, such as our Government "can offer, do not Know more about the country. Upon each side of the North "and South Thompson Rivers, for miles above Kamloops Lake—45 miles from "the trunk waggon-road—there are thousands of acres of good prairie-land, "with plenty of timber for building and fencing purposes. Here all kinds of "grain and vegetables can be raised simply by going to a little trouble in "irrigating. This can be done by raising water from the river with a wind-"mill attached to the top of a lofty fir tree. There is quite strong enough "wind every day in the year for the purpose. Here passes a good waggon-"road leading from the trunk-road to what is known as the immense "Okanagan country. My pen fails me to do justice to it as a farming and "stock-raising country—plenty of fish in the lakes and rivers."

Another gentleman writing in 1872 to the 'British Colonist' (Victoria newspaper), after travelling by the coach from Cache Creek to Okanagan, says, "The country is for the most part open, dotted with trees, giving it "almost the appearance of an old country park. It is so free from wood as to "enable the horseman to canter at will in almost every direction, and in some "instances no obstructions are presented to the free progress of a carriage. "The face of the country is beautiful—relieved by ever changing succession "of hill and dale. The water system is excellent, the surface of the country "being indented by numerous lakes and rivers or smaller streams, everywhere "teeming with fish of excellent quality. A mild climate will have already "been inferred. It may be added that snow seldom falls to any depth, and "never lies long. Horses, horned-cattle, and sheep pass the winter unhoused "and uncared for, and, as a rule, come out in good condition in the spring. On "most of the grass ranges cattle shifting for themselves through winter are in "prime condition for beef in the spring. In the country thus roughly and very "imperfectly sketched, there are a few hundred settlers—we really do not "know how many. In the valleys of the Thompson, Okanagan, and Cache "Creek, there are about one hundred children. There is the making of "happy homes for tens of thousands. In truth no more desirable country "can be found, and it is not unreasonable to hope that the opening of a coach-"road leading through the heart of it, and the facilities for travel presented "by a weekly line of stages, may lead persons in search of homes to go and "see for themselves."