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is celebrated for the quality of grain produced. One family, Hill and Sons,
have three times carried off the world's prize for oats at the Chicago exhibi-
tion, showing that the dogged resolution of the British spirit can overcome 
all obstacles.

   Seeing the crowd flocking into the Battleford district I was concerned 
about providing food for so many in excess of our usual population.
Supplies of provisions were low. The usual spring shipments had not 
gone forward. I went to Winnipeg, placed the situation before the Cana-
dian Pacific Railway and arranged with them to forward a car of provi- 
sions and groceries with express speed. I had the car loaded Thursday and 
on Sunday morning it was in Saskatoon. I had my freight teams awaiting 
and early Monday they were on the trail. My wagons got into Battleford
as the first of the Colonists were arriving. The situation was saved.


  All this suffering was the result of Barr's overpowering greed. It was
a stupendous blunder to induce people to settle in a district two hundred
miles from a railway, especially a people unaccustomed to farm life. The
florid pictures drawn by Barr of the preparations he had made for their
welfare, promising them their own stores, their co-operative companies for
tilling the land, the colony hospital, etc., were so alluring that he succeeded
in beguiling them all.  Had Barr been satisfied with the usual commissions 
given for inducing immigrants he would have been well repaid. He might
have left others more experienced to cater to their wants, hut no, he 
thought he could keep his hands on all the money his people had to expend 
and this excessive grasping made him loose all. By the end of May, the
colonists deposed Barr from the leadership and placed the Rev. J. Exton
Lloyd in his place. During what one might call the formative period of
the colony Lloyd proved a wonderful counsellor and a mountain of strength
against discouragement. No wonder that they named their town Lloyd-
minster. The next year a number came out to settle in the colony. This
time they took the railway to Edmonton and tried floating their effects
in scows down the river with disastrous results. 

   With Barr's party were representatives of British newspaper syndicates.
These correspondents chronicled every movement of the colonists, cabling
long messages daily. The messages were published all over Britain, for
great interest was taken in Barr's "Britannia" Colony. The name of Saska-
toon was brought into prominence in British minds and was placed for
good on the map as an important point in Saskatchewan. This publicity, at
no cost to us, was a valuable factor in hastening the development of the
town and surrounding country. The citizens realizing that the foundation
had been laid, built up on it through a campaign of the Board of Trade
broadcasting information relating to the district with most gratifying re-
sults. These correspondents were a happy, genial lot of fellows. Those 
that followed up the party to their destination amused us greatly relating
their experiences of prairie travel. In such detail had the news been given
hat that little escapade of mine with Barr in the tent was cabled at great
length. My friends in Scotland read it and imagined I had been guilty of
some terrible misbehavior to be "kicked out" of Barr's tent.

   With the influx of settlers various business houses came into being.
amongst them Isbister & Son in hardware, Fraser in harness, Young in fur-
niture and Flanagan's Western Hotel all on Second Avenue. The Phoenix
at this time had an item "The grading of Second Avenue will be a vast
improvement. Now if we bad a few loads of gravel placed on top, and a
sidewalk laid." 

    In June the south east quarter of the school section adjoining the town
was sold by auction. The portion on the west side brought one hundred
and seven dollars an acre, thought to be an exorbitant price. Dr. Wil-
loughby was the purchaser. It was immediately surveyed into town lots
and called Riversdale.

   Confusion was found in having the Post Offices, Saskatoon and West
Saskatoon. The Postmaster General asked for a new name for the office
on the east side and Nutana was chosen, this I understand being an Indian
name indicating "first born." This was an intimation that the west side

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