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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which may take a day or two you had better start
in the morning & get back as soon as possible next
week. Well that night it was a terrible wet night &
Mr. Menzies the miller whose pony & Buckboard I was
going to was away out in the country seeking for
men & he did not get home that night so that
I did not get started in the morning. I made my
preparations as hastily as possible, packed all Jim’s
winter clothing into a bag & drew 235 dolls. [dollars] from the
bank. Wedensday [Wednesday] morning broke dull & dreary looking
but slowly the heavy mists rolled off the valley & the
sun came out in a bright sky. About 10 o’clock Mr. Men-
zies came home & I determined to start after dinner
20 minutes past 12 therefore found me seated in the
light vehicle peculiar to this country, bound for
Shandyhookawakapa this being the name
the Indians call it which being interpreted
means “River of the Stone Pipe”. My first instal-
ment of my journey of 115 miles was to reach Rapid
City 33 miles distant. I hardly thought I should
be able to do that stretch in an afternoon as
the pony was only but small & the trails owing
to the previous night’s heavy rain were very far from
being conducive to good traveling. I had
never travelled the road before, but I managed
to pilot my way safely to the main trail which
led to the aspiring Rapid City. I passed a fair
number of settler houses, all of them having
close by the harvest secured in the most comical
looking stacks all shapes & sizes so different
from the snugly built stacks at home with
their covering of sheets & ropes. Most Prairie Home-
steads have a slovenly appearance nae [no] order and
muck heaps lying at the stable doors & old straw
stack scattered confusingly around while the
implements lie here & there everywhere to

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