Thursday, November 13, 1902

East Halifax

Through the kindness of the proprietor, one copy of the Register pays its weekly visits to the Quoddy Manse. From the beautiful valley of Kings Co to the rock bound shore of East Halifax, laved by the broad Atlantic, it pursues its long journey by rail and coach. The spot from which it sets out on its weekly tours has nothing in common with the locality where its journeyings end. It exchanges the rosy apple and rich agricultural products for fish and gold.

Lobster canning establishments now abound along the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Forty years ago this industry was unknown To our United States neighbors, whose enterprise is unbounded, we are indebted for the origin of this business in our midst. Many years ago, an American gentleman travelled from Halifax to Sheet Harbor and he saw the sea swarming with the lobster. At once he erected a factory at Sober Island and set the fishermen to work, who that season had enjoyed little remuneration for their hardy toil. This seemed to be the first establishment erected for canning lobsters. Now, the coast is dotted with canneries, and a good deal of money has been realized through this industry.

Some fifty years ago the late Rev. John Sprott paid periodical visits to East Halifax, travelling from his home in Musquodoboit on horse back and in winter frequently without gloves or mittens on his hands. Indefatigable laborers in connection with the Anglican Church preceded him and sowed the seeds of Divine Truth. One small Presbyterian Church was built by Mr. Sprott at Sheet Harbor, which still stands. Now there are seven Presbyterian Churches from Tangier to the County line, seven Anglican, one Baptist and one Methodist. Fifty years ago good roads were not in existence; in some places no roads. Now horses and carriages can be driven from Halifax to Canso. There is a daily mail from the Metropolis to Moser River, two or three steamers are running, and productive gold fields are yielding large returns.

In educational lines much advancement has also been made. Good school houses are to be seen on every hand, managed by most efficient teachers.

Thirty years ago few temperance organizations existed. Now there are several at work, and most creditable halls have been erected, ornaments to the varied communities.

Other items of progress might be noted but this will be sufficient to show that whilst granite boulders abound, yet there is enterprise and pluck manifested. The abounding granite has not exercised a hardening influence, and present prosperity is an indication of still greater growth in the future.

A.B.D.


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