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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

The Young-Country Road Grievance

The Young-Country Road Grievance.

This is the grievance of settlers in all countries, but with less reason in British Columbia than in many other places. Considering the newness of the country, there are excellent roads both on the island and mainland. It is inevitable, in all young countries, that fine districts should be unoccupied for want of roads. The cure takes a long time. In wooded countries especially, the want of roads and the difficulty and expense of making roads and keeping them open, are great drawbacks to settlement. When settlers go back from the road already made the obstruction and expense begin anew. Fortunately, British Columbia, in addition to her fertile wooded lands, has alluvial flats, prairies, and extensive irrigable valleys, open or partly open, through which roads can be made without excessive difficulty, when needed and the province is able to make them.