Titre: Letter of 4 October 1881 from William Lothian to Peter Lothian
Auteur: Lothian, William, d. 1930
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG8 B3, William Lothian
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a dug-out – this is a square hole in the ground the sides of
which are the walls & a roof put on the top of it – a queer
looking abode, you may believe. Next morning I got
early onto the road. The trail running close by the
railway mostly all the way. It was a fine sight
when I got out the length of where they were working.
Men & horses busy at work, the white tents looking
fair in the distance. Every now & then I passed
a contractors place all of them little tent villages
while the tents of the few workers were here &
there all along. I made good time & reached Oak Lake
while yet the sun was high. I had no doubt but
I could easily reach home before dark but I was
doomed to disappointment. Looking from Moose Mt. [Mountain]
trail I saw to the left about 8 miles like distant
2 bluffs of trees. I knew they were on the Pipe Stone
all right enough but I mistook them for the
bluff on McKinnons place & so struck of the trail
to reach them. But I was soon in a tract of swamp
& marsh passing through grass which almost cover-
ed the pony. I knew the land near the river in this
part was low & so I kept going west & then striking
for the bluff once more only to be fooled as before.
I fought away round this low ground all the
afternoon all my efforts to reach these two bluffs
in a bee line being out of the question. I began to
realise the sad fact that I would have to spend
the night on the wild & lonely prairie. The pony
got exhausted & I got out & led her along. Darkness
was now upon me & I made one last effort to
reach my supposed resting place. Again I got
into the midst of the enimus [enormous] hay swamp.
Finding my way once more to drier ground. I

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