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The Second Immigration House. Top: Unknown. Bottom, Left to Right: Charlie Carlson, James King Hemmingson, Hans Hemmingson, Mrs. Hemmingson, Ebba, Hedwig, Annie Hemmingson, Rupert Naslund, Edwin Hemmingson, Mrs. Magnell, John Magnell, Unidentified, Gus Anderson, Sofia Anderson, Unidentified, Andy Johnson.


December 4, 1885

To the Editor of the Tribune


I hope you will permit me space in your valuable paper to note a few observations made by Mr. R.H. Peel and myself on a visit to New Sweden or the Scandinavian Colony, the centre of which is 18 miles north of Min­ nedosa. Our trip our with Mr. John H. Noreus, President of the Scandinavian Society, was a very enjoyable one indeed. The first 12 miles of the road will compare well with any of our leading Ontario roads and a credit to the Municipalities through which it runs. The next 5 miles of road is very rough caused principally by the very loose manner in which the contract of clearing the road allowance or a strip of 25 feet had been carried out. The land along this 5 miles or more is very heavily timbered with poplar, spruce and birch and your readers can thus


imagine what a buggy ride would be where the stumps are left all the way from 5 inches to upwards to a foot high; and it is to be hoped that the road commissioner for Clanwilliam, if there be one, will see to it that the con­ tract let last Friday 27th will be carried out more thoroughly than the former one, and give those in­ dustrious Scandinavians a good outlet from their homes. We next struck a beautiful piece of prairie leading us on for a mile or so to the centre and proposed capital of New Sweden, and the name of which is Noreus. As we neared the new town it was growing dark and there were to be heard the loud blowing of horns. Upon enquiry we learned from our friend, Mr. Noreus, that someone must be out in the woods and those at home were blowing the horn to guide the lost or benighted worker home to where a hot and wholesome supper was awaiting him. In a few minutes the horns ceased blowing and soon we were in sight of a glowing torch in front of a large two and a half storey house, 30 feet by 60 feet and beneath the torch was to be seen a throng of muscular and intelligent looking men as if greeting those who but a few minutes before had been groping their way through the dark and lonely woods. At this juncture the keen eye of one had