Title: Letter of 4 October 1881 from William Lothian to Peter Lothian
Author: Lothian, William, d. 1930
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG8 B3, William Lothian
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& I saw there was to be little travelling done for this after-
noon. The old fellow was fidgety to know where water
was to be had & bothered me to tell him where we could
find water as I had travelled the road before. I told
him when I travelled it he could get water in every hole
but now they were dry. He asked a railway teamster who
was passing the question & we were directed to the first
house we would reach & which we saw ahead of us
about 2 miles. We made a strike for said house & there
halted for the night. They were intending to be out on the
prairies for 3 or 4 days, but the length they would have to go
would take 9 or 10 at least & yet the stupid craters [creatures] had
only 4 small loaves for provisions, nothing else mind you
except a little tea & no kettle to boil it in. I told them
it was impossible for them to go on without supplies &
not to trust on finding houses every night as after an-
other days travelling they might not strike another house
so they resolved that one of them would go back in
the morning & bring up provisions. The old fellow said
he would go back along with another & not come back
again as he felt disheartened. I was amused at
him & thought how if we had had nae mair [no more] gump-
tion than them we would have been out of luck.
I told them of the good soil & country out where I
was & they resolved to see it but they did not find
us out while I was there. Next morning one of them
asked if would not travel along with them but
I had got enough of their travelling & declined.
I slept with the settler Jackson by name a Scot
by birth & a mason to trade. He had been in
New Brunswick for many years & had come out
west & gone in for farming. He has got a nice log
house built but not finished & he was living in

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