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penetrated the darkness and we heard an overjoyed shout "Noreus." When the united roar of fully 40 strong pairs of lungs made the very ground tremble so loud and long were the cheers 1, 2, and 3 for the return of their chieftain who had been absent from them for a month, on a mission to Winnipeg in their interest.
In less time than it takes to write it our guns and luggage were unloaded, our horses driven away to the stables, and we were ushered into a large dining room where we were asked to make ourselves comfortable and to partake of the bounteous supper set before us. Then Mr. Noreus begged to be excused for a few minutes talk with his men, and well he might call them men, for they are large in stature and intellect, muscular, keen, con servative and at a glance you could see in them a something that seemed to say "what we undertake we will do and do well." There is that look of confidence of perseverance and determination which is so necessary to hew out of the forest happy homes for themselves and families. And I believe that with their love for work and natural happy disposition they will under the shrewd supervision of Mr. Noreus, make New Sweden a power for wealth in the near future.
After all had partaken of the wholesome and well served supper - for I must say the cooking here is seldom equalled even under more favorable conditions and provisions - we retired to a large tent used as a carpenter and workshop where we were introduced to the four pioneers who first went out with Mr. Noreus to select a suitable place to settle thousands of their countrymen in Manitoba or the North West Territories, who after looking over the lands, both prairie and timber all the way from Winnipeg to Fort Pitt, chose this spot for their adopted homes. The names of those assistants are:
Messrs. Erick Edlund, Oscar Peterson, Gust W. Hogberg and John Anderson. We were then addressed by Mr. Erick Edlund who, by the way had by order of Mr. Noreus made a pot of hot toddy, asked that the bowls be filled and the health of our visitors drunk, after which my friend Mr. Peel, answered to the toast so heartily drunk to us; wishing them God speed in their new enterprise, etc., after which he proposed the toast. "The pioneers of New Sweden," coupled with the names of Messrs. Noreus and the above mentioned four assistants. The efficient and detailed line of action laid out in Mr. Noreus' speech in response to the toast, if followed out, and I feel sure it will be, must and will lead to the success of this undertaking. At 9 p.m. sharp, a signal sounded that it was time for rest, when all retired to their peaceful slumber after having spent a very social, instructive and enjoyable evening. At 5 o'clock in the morning the woods rang with strong voices as the men arose and came out in file for breakfast, and, as soon as day began, to dawn we were out on a tour of inspection. Around a square where Mr. Noreus' buildings are being erected as follows: the one now occupied and nearly completed being two and a half stories high and 30 x 60 feet, and divided into a dining room and kitchen, on the second floor sleeping accommodations and storage in the garret. The next is a whip saw frame where two men saw boards, planks, shingles, etc. for the builders. Then we came to a very large tent set up on frames and used as a workshop or
carpenter shop where there is an abundant supply of tools, mortising machines etc. Just opposite there is another large tent which is temporarily used for a storehouse and is well filled with flour, bacon, fresh pork, groceries etc. Leading on a few feet further we came to a smaller tent about 20 x 20 feet square where about a dozen of the men have sleeping quarters and very comfortable they are with good high bedsteads, plenty of clothing, well filled hay mattresses, and a very large boxstove.
On turning to the southward we saw several men at work amongst a pile of neatly hewn spruce logs, and learned that a new building of 60 feet square was just started that day. I understand that this mammoth building is to be used as an emigration shed where new settlers will make their temporary homes until such times as they have selected their homesteads and erected houses thereon. One half of the first floor of this large building is to be used for a store and supplied by the firm of R.H. Peel & Co. of Winnipeg which has about concluded to open it wholesale branch at Minnedosa. I might say that this firm is one of two wholesale and retail establishments in their line which survived the terrific tempests of the boom. We shall welcome such an enterprising energetic firm to our beautiful valley and flourishing town of Minnedosa.
We find a blacksmith shop under way, the blacksmith with his full and complete kit of tools awaiting its completion. Off to the northward is a large stable partly built and around it are ten busy workmen bringing it speedily and substantially towards completion. The size of this spacious stable is 28 x 54 feet.
We were now conducted to the fishing ground on the shores of the Lake, where we find large and beauitful springs, their crystal waters flowing from the pools and forming themselves into creeks as they near the lake, where the fish large and small come up to the openings to refresh themselves with fresh spring water and pure air, such as is seldom found away from this lovely spot.
The latest but not by any means the least enterprise is to be seen a little farther down. The building of a sawmill sufficient to supply the demands of the colony and neighboring settlers for some time to come. The machine I believe has already been shipped or soon will be, from Winnipeg and logs are now being cut and hauled so that no time will be lost when the mill is ready for operation. The people of the municipality of Clanwilliam are rejoiced over this new enterprise.
Our last night in the colony was spent in thanking one and all for the kind manner in which we were received and entertained through our whole visit and disclosing words of encouragement to the colonists on their doubly assured way to success and the skill they exhibited in all they had undertaken. Then Mr. Noreus stated in reply that we were always welcome to New Sweden and heartily wished that our visit be lengthened a few days more, which we had to decline with regret.
In his speech, Mr. Noreus made many able remarks one of which was as follows:
"My countrymen and people have settled here to hew out homes not only for themselves, but for the children and grandchildren. And the time is not far distant when