Academic journal article Alberta History

Homesteaders Stand in Line

Academic journal article Alberta History

Homesteaders Stand in Line

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Canada's national wager of 160 acres of land against $10 that you can not live on a homestead for three years found scores of willing takers of the long end in Edmonton last night. In the chilly hours of the grey dawn, over a hundred men stand in line at the Dominion Lands Office awaiting the opening of the wicket at 9 a.m. when the odd sections will be thrown open for settlement under the new Lands Act.

Clothed in slickers, jumpers, fur coats, horse rugs and over-garments of every description, Englishmen, Scotchmen, Irishmen, Swedes, Americans, and the ubiquitous Bruce County [Ontario] citizen were found in line. A more cosmopolitan bunch with a more common aim probably never came together under the azure skies of Alberta. Every nation and every branch of the empire was there represented and all had the $10 ready to file on land.

Early in the day they commenced to foregather. At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, before the business of the 31st had been completed, the line commenced to form. Right at the head of the line was a brawny Brucer and he was No. I because being the incarnation of the Bruce County spirit, he got there first. His arrival was a precisely three o'clock of the afternoon of the 31st. …

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