and also to many friends of the government officials. Many of these people really cared little for the land. Sometimes it was hard even to find out who owned it. At times grants were sold for almost nothing. One, for in-stance, was sold for a saddle, and another for a quart of rum! Some men bought up large quantities of land, and kept it unused for years, till they could sell it at a large profit. This was soon found to be very bad for Canada.