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down sand points, thus securing a plentiful supply of pure water. In dry seasons the sand strata supplied moisture to the black loam, and in wet seasons it gave underdrainage.

We will end the 1892 narrative with a touch of humor. A paper of that year contained an advertisement which said, "WANTED ­ a smart boy to be half outside and half behind the counter."

THE CLOSING OF THE ASSINIBOINE

In the Manitoba Liberal, dated Feb. IS, 1893, Mayor Newman said that Portage was a unit regarding the closing of the Assiniboine. The council was very anxious for permission to use the power. The river had not been navigated since 1882.

It was believed that the difference in cost of steam and water power was great enough to induce many new enterprises to locate. The following resolution was then passed without objection: "Moved by Mayor Newman and seconded by Mayor McDiarmid, of Brandon, that whereas the city of Winnipeg has applied for power to construct dams across the Assiniboine River without building the locks neces­ sary for navigation, and whereas, it has been stated that the interests 'Of the towns and country along the Assiniboine River might be prejudicially affected thereby, be it resolved that it is the opinion of this meeting that no rights would be adversely affected by the granting of permission to construct such dams without locks for navigation."

It was stated, at that time, that the Assiniboine was paralleled by railway on both sides, and the distance by water was more than three times as great as by rail. It seemed highly improbable to them that steamers would ever be used again to transport freight; and they never were.

WHAT WOULD LIFE BE WITHOUT FLOWERS

What would life be without flowers;

And petals glistening in sunlight aft' showers; Brides who kiss them and throw them away; Someone made happy with a birthday bouquet; Plants, to sit on a deep window-sill

Sharing their perfume of valley and hill;

Corsages for dresses when there's dancing and fun;

A tribute to loved ones when their life's work is done; WHAT would life be wi thou t flowers?

Anne M. Collier

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