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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go to ruin as they think fit. Ploughing was going on
all around & I passed here & there nice fields of rich
black loam turned up for next seasons [season’s] crop. I think
4 & 5 is about the average they plough after crop.
The more ploughing that can be done from the time
of harvest until the frost the better. Fall plough-
ing is going to be one of the most important duties
connected with North West Farming. The season is
all to short to allow of time in Spring & the sooner
seeds are into the ground the better chance there
will be for crops to mature before the frost comes.
As soon as ploughing is stopped thrashing will
begin & continue till Jan. & Feb. when it is to [too] cold to
stand around a thrashing machine.
But while settlements were to be seen all around
scattered over the prarie [prairie]¸like the ships which
speck the German ocean I only passed near 3 on my way.
It’s a monotonous process this travelling over
the vast praries [prairies], all so much alike. Away between
you & the horizon seems always much higher than
where you are & you wish always to reach the top to
see what is on the other side but ever the same
rise travels on before you & ever the same level &
unbroken horizon stretches away around you
& well it is when you are able to rest the eye on some
house for then you feel that the very sight of such is
at least some company. But often you go miles without
being able to catch the glimpse of civilisations &
then you begin to realise what it is to be alone on
the vast extent of rolling praries [prairies]. This scarcely
however applys [applies] to the journey between here &
Rapid City as almost all the way you have

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