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slope with here and there a settler's house showing white (for lime is cheap) makes a nice picture. And when you get tired of this you can go on shore and get chewed half to death with the blasted mosquitoes. "

In 1894, D. S. Macdonald was running a stage to Lake Man­ itoba. It was described as a "comfortable, three seated, covered rig, with plenty of room for eight passengers." Trips were made tri­ weekly, and Mr. Macdonald delivered mail both ways free of charge.

This was the man whose historically interesting advertisement appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press of June 11, 1904, which said, "The pioneer auctioneer of Manitoba, 1882 to 1904, conducts auction sales in all parts of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

During the sale seasons, weekly sales are held at the Sale Stables on Elizabeth Street in the rear of the Town Hall, Portage la Prairie.

Last year he sold about 15,000 head throughout the Province".


The Tribune of July 31, 1895, published the following telegram from Ottawa: "Vian & Lachance, of Hull, Quebec, have been awarded