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ten years. Three years later the Dominion government lent the company a large sum (which was duly repaid) to enable it to finish the road in a shorter time.

The summer of 1881 was hot and dry and Forest Fires. terrible forest fires broke out in the dense woods of _Muskoka and the wild country north of Kingston. The people of the more fortunate districts gave

generous help to the sufferers. At

the same time there were even

more dreadful fires in _Michigan,

which caused great loss both of life

^_s4v and property.

A time of prosperity Prosperity. followed the 1 o n g rears of bad trade. The harvest was plentiful, and the work on the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was at last being pushed on quickly enough to please e v e n British Columbia, caused the spending of large sums in Canada, and made

business brisk. The Conservatives declared the improve-

ment in trade was due, partly at least, to the " National

Policy," and for several rears the revenue of the country

was more than enough to meet the expenses of govern-

ment. This surplus, as it is called, was often spent in

helping to build new railways.

During this year (1881) and the previous Manitoba. one there was a great rush of people from the older provinces to _Manitoba and the North-West. Numerous towns were laid out on paper, and some people rashly paid high prices for lots in them. Wages were high, and for a while business was exceedingly good. Then a period of disappointment followed, and some men who had hoped to make fortunes returned to the eastern provinces poorer than when they left them.

Premier of Manitoba, x878-87.


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