The Red River Country. Hudson's Bay & North-West Territories; Considered in Relation to Canada, with the Last Report of S.J. Dawson on the Line of Rou

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...from Europe, even though accustomed to other kinds of hard labour. To the farm labourer from Great Britain, whose time and industry, if applied to the cultivation of prairie land, would be even more valuable than that of the backwoodsman, the cost of clearing wood land, in money's worth of his labour, will ...
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 Excerpt: ...from Europe, even though accustomed to other kinds of hard labour. To the farm labourer from Great Britain, whose time and industry, if applied to the cultivation of prairie land, would be even more valuable than that of the backwoodsman, the cost of clearing wood land, in money's worth of his labour, will be twice as much. If he be very young he may learn the use of the axe perfectly; if not, he will never learn to use it so as to be able to do as much work with it as the native backwoodsman. As by far the greater part of the emigrants who settle in the woods have to clear their farms by their own unskilled labour,.admitting even that they become gradually more proficient, the cost to them in their own labour, of clearing their farms and removing the stumps, may, on a low estimate, be set down at five pounds ten shillings an acre. I do not here speak of the value which their labour in clearing would command. No one would give them such a price for it. I am speaking of the value of the labour unavoidably lost by them on account of the woods. Here we have, then, to a family clearing a farm of a hundred acres in ten or fifteen years, a loss of five hundred and fifty pounds on account of the woods. The settler expends all this, and ten or fifteen years of the best of his life, in toilsome struggles to convert his farm into such proportions of open and wooded land as the settler on the partly wooded prairie lands finds his when first he goes to it. The latter can adopt a regular system of cultivation ten years oner than the other. He can put as much land under the plough, and reap the fruit of it, soon after commencing, as the former can do after ten or fifteen years of crushing toil in clearing land, which necessarily consumes much time which he would gladly d...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781150244308
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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