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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my work to keep on the trail which wound away in
a dark line before me turning here to the right & then
to the left to avoid some treacherous hole. So there I sat
with shoulders bent peering away into the darkness &
scanning the dreary waste for the sight of a settler’s
light. At last away far behind me I noticed one
single glimmer & thought I was going from it. I
welcomed the cheering ray. The northern lights shot
their changing beauties up the northern sky & out of
their vanishing folds rose the seven stars which
further east, mars the ruddy god of war
strode his heaven ward path. I must have
gone miles thus before I discovered the light
ahead. Bye and bye another joined it & ultimately
I saw no less than all near each other &
I came to the conclusion & rightly too that it
must be Rapid City lights. If I could keep the
trail I was all right. I then passed a light close to
my left & here again I was going to turn in but the
gleam of light over a big pond warned me
of what I would have to pass through if I attemp-
ted a bee line towards it & so I kept on the lights
getting more numerous and brighter as I went. At las
the wheels began to rattle over stones & I then knew
I was reachin the banks of the Saskatcewan which
in this part are scattered over with boulders of
gneiss & granite the work of icebergs in the dim past.
In a short while I reached the famous city
& put up at the Caldwell House the largest &
best where the Marquis of Lorne stayed on
his visit. It is very well conducted paying as
much attention to the comforts of one as to the
other & as moderate in charge as the other less
pretentious houses.

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