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extreme west of Lambton, facing on the St. Clair River, the superabundance of water was one of the chief causes of hardship. The land there is little above the level of the lake, and the day after a rain the soil has the consistency of glue. What it must have been like before roads

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were opened up and graded will be readily imagined by any person familiar with the conditions of the locality to-day.

Wood was the first money crop in West Lambton—elm, oak, and walnut logs for the

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