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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Thursday night. Dear Peter. I did not get my second days
journey finished last night as I expected as I found when
I got the sheet finished that I had no more at hand to start
to so I have just come from Archie McDonalds where our trunk
is with a fresh supply. Well where did I leave of my pilgrimage at.
I had reached Grand Valley where I got dinner & called at the
P. O. [Post Office] where I found the first letter I had written to Jim in
June. It had lain a long time at Rapid City. I went to see
my friend off by the train, but after waiting a while I
had to come away to resume my journey west: The rails
were laid into Brandon a temporary wooden bridge spanning
the river. The line has been built very rapidly the consequences
being that it is far from substantial pieces of it sinking
giving it a wave like appearance & I do not wonder at the car
being pitched of the rails. Up the line a little from where
we were standing a car lay up side down which had
tumbled over the bank the previous day. Men have been
making splendid wages at piece work on the railway this
summer 3 & 5 dolls. [dollars] a day. Had I not been sure of a con-
tinued winter job here I would have gone & taken a mo. [month]
or two at it before the hard weather. Getting hitched up
once more I crossed the river & went up to Brandon
passing along main street where building & work was
going ahead briskly many teams & men busy making the
street. The main feature one notices in the new town is
the fact of the railway running through the middle
of Main Street. I think it is 300 feet wide. One also no-
tices the amount of stores almost every building being
a business place of some description. Most of them are
branches of Winnipeg houses & certainly in spring they
will do a good trade as it will be Brandon instead
of Winnipeg that settlers will stalk west from &
supplies of all kinds will therefore be obtained there.
Calling at the new P. O. [Post Office] there also I now struck the
Ellice trail intending to make as far as possible so
that I might have a good chance of reaching my
journeys end the following day (Friday) I would
have got out at least 12 or 15 miles had I not been
led out of my calculations which happened in this
way. I had not got more than 4 miles out of
the City before I came up with two young fellows

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