on the Canadian Pacific Railway line through New Westminster, BC
from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, 1888
extracted by Hugh Armstrong
To the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, in Parliament assembled.
The Petition of the undersigned residents and property owners of the District of New Westminster respectfully sheweth:-
That they are owners and occupiers of land in the said district, along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
That they most respectfully call the attention of your Honourable House to the state of the fences erected by the said Company along their line of railway.
That as at present constructed the said fences are not continuous along the whole line of railway passing through the district, but are only put up on lands that are occupied.
That said fences are mostly of wire, and are so loosely put together that cattle pass through and over them wherever they please.
That by reason of the faulty construction of said fences, and also by reason of the long stretches where no fences exist, cattle are continually straying on to the said railway, and as a necessary consequence great numbers are annually destroyed, to the great loss and damage of your petitioners.
Wherefore, your Petitioners humbly pray that your Honourable body take this matter into your consideration, and have it brought before the proper authorities, or deal with the same in such a manner that some measure be devised whereby your Petitioners may have protection against the evils complained of.
And your Petitioners,
as in duty bound, will ever pray