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[Correspondence from N.W.T.]
Markdale Standard (Markdale, Ont.), 22 Oct 1885, p. 4

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Waskada, Sept 27th, 1885. Dear Sir,--Since I last wrote you I have been over the greater part of the North-West territory. During the rebellion, which had'nt either a pleasant sight or sound, I had the pleasure, if you might call it that, of being in four battles, and between the cracking sound of the gatling and rifles and the deafening bang of the cannons, it would almost take one's senses away. The cries and moans of the wounded and dying were heart-rending. The hair would almost stand on my head when one of my comrades would roll over dead. They didn;t have to drop, for they fought lying or kneeling behind some kind of defence. Just then I would take courage and fire again. I tried to kill two rebels, so that if I had been called away there would have been one for me and one for the good. There is a very large number of Indians in the N.W.T., and when dressed for war they present a very wild appearance, and in their war dance they make more noise than a thousand excited geese, the gibberage being much the same. Their mode of living is very rough, their bread being made of flour and water and often shorts and water baked in the ashes, their meat being mostly fish and birds, which they kill, and keep them till they get good and stale before using. When out, I was in Prince Albert, Battleford, Fort Pitt, Victoria, Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton, all of which have very nice town sites. Prince Albert, Battleford and Edmonton are very nice towns the rest being only a few houses collected together. I guess my letter is growing long, so i will just say that my opinion of the land in the N.W.T., for farming, is a very small one. I think that it would be well named if the initials were used in other words, viz., "Not Worth Taking." Harvest is over in these parts. The grain is an average yield. Threshing will commence next week with straw burning steam engines. More anon. James A. Rowe.

James A. Rowe
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[Correspondence from N.W.T.]