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homeward until they heard the final faint whistle as the train passed from view along the path, like a platinum girdle that gleamed in the sunlight.
At the time of this writing (1968), the C.P.R. and C.N.R. main lines are still giving satisfactory service. A few branch lines have been abandoned.
FIRES AND BUFFALO BONES
For several years after the railroad went through, fires often raged over the prairie, and valuable hay meadows, and sometimes homes, were destroyed because of them. Many people blamed sparks from the engine for this: others blamed human carelessness, and a few reasonably assumed that a spark was purposely produced by a small splinter of wood with a substance on one end ignited by friction upon a rough surface, like the sale of a shoe.
The reason that the latter assumption seems logical is because buffalo bone-pickers found there was a market for the remains of those old settlers, and the railway was handy for transportation. Only by burning the long grass could the bones be seen. A paper of 1893 said $10.00 per carload was being paid for buffalo bones.
The Weekly Review of Sept. 27, 1894, said that over 1000 tons of hay was burned in a fire a few days previous to the printing of the article. Among the heavy losers were James McKenzie, J. B. Young, Jas. Barrett, Ed McCann, Mr. Younghusband and Mr. Humphries. The news item ended with, "Some of the losers have not a stack of hay left to feed their cattle during next winter."
If conscience didn't bother the culprit he either didn't have one or had it completely under control!
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BUFFALO STONES?
If you know about "buffalo stones" you have probably had the pleasure of seeing a few of them on the prairie, and seeing one, thoughts of thundering, hairy herds have come to your mind. If you have never heard of such stones you may be interested in knowing something about them.
Buffalo stones are symbolic of the early history of our prairies.
Most of them are large, weighing two tons and more, and buffalo used them to scrape off heavy winter fur from their forequarters. You can recognize these stones by corners that are worn smooth and