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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settlements in sight. Well I kept jogging along
urging Nelly to do her speedy utmost, but I knew
when the sinking sun began to paint the western
sky that I was still a long 10 miles from my des-
tination. Slowly the gloamin [gloaming] dropt down & I began
to think it would be wise to reach the first house
I saw near. Away before me to the right I saw one
& made up my mind to make for it. But the trail
did not lead me near it & I dreaded striking away
into the praries [pairies] to reach it as 5 minutes might
serve to find me wallering [wallowing] in some marsh or
pond hole. So I kept on while the darkness of
night came slowly over. A little further & I discovered
another house & I also saw the trail was leading
me straight to it. Here then should be my halting
place for the night. At last I reached it & drove
up to the door. A young collie welcomed me
with wagging tail. I went up to the door & knocked.
No answer. Again I knocked with the same
result. Again & yet again I renewed my entreaties
each time with more energy but all were
unavailing to call forth a response from
within. Either there was nobody to hear me or
somebody who were determined they would
not hear me. What was I to do. I had only the
two courses, either to pursue my journey in the
dark untill [until] I would reach some house or make
my bed in the hay stack close by & go without
supper. I chose the former course & resumed
my lonely journey. The last gleam of day had
vanished & one by one the stars came forth in
a moonless sky. It was dark enough & I had

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