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Newspaper: Edmonton News - Edmonton

Misc. News Items

The Edmonton Bulletin

December 6, 1880

Volume 1 Number 1

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As the line has been down since Saturday between Hay Lake and here, we are without 

telegrams for this issue.  A man will leave tomorrow to repair it, and by next 

week we hope to be able to give the latest news from the East to here.



The following extra from the “Saskatchewan Herald” office arrived here by last 

mail –

Battleford, Nov 22, 1880

By Cable to the “Herald” – London, Nov 15 - - Hanlan beat Trickett by three boat 

lengths, winning the championship of the world.  From Winnipeg – Garfield, 

Republican, has been elected President of the United States.

A provisional contract has been signed by which the syndicated binds itself to 

complete the prairie Section of the C.P.R. in three years.

It is said there is great trouble among the people (original copy too indistinct) 

have been shot, and should there not be a change in the aspect of affairs a revolution 

is imminent.


Reducing the Force – Eastern papers say that the Department of the Interior, having 

concluded to reduce the number of officers in charge of the Mounted Police by six, 

the position made vacant by the death of the late Superintendent Dalrymple Clarke 

will not be filled.  There are to be no immediate dismissals, but as officers are 

removed by the hand of death, or voluntarily send in their resignations, their 

respective offices will be a abolished, and the work divided up among those 


The government has relieved Mr. Ryan of the contract for ‘the first hundred miles 

of the C.P.R. west of Winnipeg, and will proceed with the construction in a more 

substantial manner than his contract called for – and, it is to be hoped, a little 


The Scott Temperance Act has been carried by a large majority in Marquette County, 


The people of Portage la Prairie have entered a protest against it.  They don’t know 

what is good for themselves.

Track was laid on the C.P.R. east of Winnipeg to within three miles of Rat Portage at 

last accounts.   ---   The weekly mail service has been extended to Bird Trail Creek 

settlement.   ---   Mr. A Lang has captured a young silver grey fox.   ---   A Special 

Constable is to be sworn in for duty around Edmonton.   ---   Rev. Mr. Steinhaurer, of 

White Fish Lake, lately, addressed the Methodist conference in Montreal.   ---   Mr. 

Cust has the contract for the Indian Department flour at $7.50 for Edmonton delivery 

and $8.50 for Victoria.   ---   George Gagnon lately killed a very large wolf which, 

after disposing of one of his sheep, came back for another.   ---   The sheep lately 

imported from Montana by J. Volier, and sold in this district are doing much better 

than we expected.   ---   Alex McDonald and Albert Boyd left for Bow River today.  The 

former expects to return to Edmonton next April to start farming.

Mr. Glass has started a subscription list for the purpose of supplying the Methodist 

Mission church with firewood, oil, etc., for the winter.   ---   Abrah Spleyn and others 

fro the Battle River settlement 50 miles from here, brought the first grist to the Edmonton 

Mills today – 31 bushels of barley.   ---   New Year’s Day is drawing nigh, and we have 

not heard of anything being done about the grain show.  

Would it not be advisable to start the ball.   ---   A Big Lake resident wants to know 

why the Government potatoe contract was not awarded to him, seeing that his offer was 

20 cents lower than that of the party who secured it.   ---   Mr. Lucas, Government farmer 

at Peace Hills, has been supplied with his share of that band of cows.  They are reported 

to be the sickest looking lot of animals in the country.   ---   The following are the ruling 

prices for produce in this vicinity: - Oats $1.00 per bushel of 34 lbs., wheat $2.00 to $2.50, 

barley $1.00, peas .25 per lb., potatoes $1.00, onions $2.00 and butter .50.

Last Saturday morning the thermometers at Fts. Edmonton and Saskatchewan registered 47 below 

zero.  This cold snap, which set in last Tuesday, is much more severe than the corresponding 

one last year, but appears to be about over.

Mr. Wm Cust is in a bid fix about his threshing.  Lamoreaux threshed out 1,000 bushels on 

his Sturgeon River farm, and quit, leaving two stacks unthreshed, and says that he will 

set fire to his machine rather than thresh another bushel, while Smith is going to quit 

threshing, on account of the cold, and make shingles for the rest of the winter.




Will be published at Edmonton every Monday morning, from the first of December, until the 

first of May.    ---   Subscription for the season $2.00.   ---   Season advertisements $5.00 

per inch.  Transient advertisements .10 per line each insertion.  Business cards not over four 

lines $2.50.   ---   Payments strictly in advance.   ---   Notices of births, marriages and 

deaths, free.

Taylor & Oliver, Properietors




Last winter, after the telegraph line had been extended to Edmonton, and an office was 

established, an arrangement was made by which a weekly bulletin was sent over the line, 

so that the people here might be informed at the earliest possible date of what ever notable 

events were transpiring at the time in the world at large.  But this plan was found to be 

expensive to a few and, for various reasons, unsatisfactory to all.  It was thought to be 

a better plan to have the bulletin printed so that every subscriber to the fund could be 

supplied a copy.  To this end a hand press and a quantity of printing material has been 

procured, a special correspondent has been engaged in Winnipeg and every Monday morning 

from this issue until the 1st of May we will issue a small sheet in newspaper form, which 

will contain a bulletin, giving the most notable occurrences in the world at large and matters 

concerning the North West Territories in particular, local new from all parts of the Upper 

Saskatchewan country, opinions on matters and things connected with the North West, and synopsis 

of the news brought in by the previous mail.

A severe snow storm took place in Minnesota and Dakota about the 20th of October.  Six inches 

of snow fell at Fargo, and the Northern Pacific trains were blockaded.  Our first sleighing 

came on the 1st of December and there is only three inches of snow yet.

A new railroad company has been organized in Manitoba called the Westbourne & North-Western.  

It will run from Portage la Prairies north-westerly along the base of the Riding Mountains.

Mr. E McColl, Indian Superintendent, has got back to Winnipeg from a tour of inspection in 

the West and North-West.  It is hoped that next season he may call here.



Until the last few years it has been the boast of the Canadian Government that, 

by strictly observing the letter and spirit of all promises made to the Indians, 

they have, while settling up the country, preserved the most cordial relation with them.  

But times are changing, and the old idea that honour or honesty is the best policy is 

played out – at least in this district.  Whether it was because of the progress of the age 

demanded a change, or because it was from a desire on the part of the Government to cheat 

the Indians, or because the paymaster calculated to make a good thing, or only because it 

was a blunder – which is more that a crime – is beyond the power of our finite minds to decide, 

but, with or without reason, a most inmitigated swindle has been perpetrated on a number of the 

treaty Indian of this agency this year.

According to the terms of the treaty make between them and the Canadian Government a certain 

yearly payment was to be made to them forever without fail, in return for their title to the 

land.  Until now the payments have been made in full, but this summer, on account of the short 

notice that was given, all the Indians had not collected at the treaty ground on the day of 

payment, and when the agent was asked to wait a day or two for them to come in, he said that 

need not leave their hunts just the, and he would leave the money due them so that they could 

get it when it was more convenient.  This very sensible proposition met with the approval of 

the chiefs, and Mr Wadsworth, after paying those present, went on his way, but although reminded 

of it, did not leave any money or make any arrangements to redeem his promise.  When the Indians 

returned from their hunt they enquired for their ahuniahs, and have been enquiring ever since, 

but can get not satisfaction on the subject.  These Indians belong to a small tribe called the 

Mountain Stoneys, and have always been friendly with the whites, and is a very small piece of 

business on the part of the Government, or it is agent, to wilfully deceive them, as they would 

not dare to do the Blackfeet.

Let it be remembered that a smaller reason than this precipitated the Minnesota massacre, and, 

although there is not danger to be apprehended from these people just now, in view of the fact 

that there is liable to be an outbreak of the plains Indians at any moment, it would be well 

for the Government, instead of estranging those who are friendly, to bind them closer by fair 

and honest treatment, so that if the time should come when the scattered settlements of this 

country would have to make head against an overwhelming force of hostile Indians, without the 

possibility of Government aid in time to be of any service, they could count on the help or at 

least the friendly neutrality, of the only Indians the Blackfeet are afraid of.




Eastern mail left on the 30th.   ---   Hay is worth from $3 to $4 per cart load. --- The Sturgeon 

River Mill will not run for a week.   ---   First sleighing of the season on the 30th of November.

  ---   Lamoreaux’ machine was laid up at Harnois’ by the cold.  ---   Logan’s machine threshed 

400 bushels for its owners and is laid up.  ---   Ed McPherson has sent his horses out to Abrams’s, 

on Battle River, to winter.  ---   Alex Stewart left on Saturday for the head waters of this river 

on an exploring expedition.  ---   A reduction of .45 cents has been made in the tariff on telegrams 

between Edmonton and Montreal.  ---   Little Paul, freighter, left for the Bow River last Friday, 

with goods for the H.B. Company and A McDonald.   ---   A petition has bee forwarded to the Grand 

Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada asking a charter for a lodge at Edmonton.   ---   The little Giant 

threshed 2,500 bushels for the proprietors, and quit before finishing them.  He has gone out of 

business.   ---   Donald McLeod’s carts arrived yesterday from Carlton with bacon for the H.B.C. 

and freight for the Indian Department.   ---   The H.B.C. has let a contract to Alex Robinson for 

taking 200 tons of coal.  It will be taken out of the bank of Mr. Grant’s property.  ---   Owing 

to the laxity of the Indian Department, the Indians at Lake St. Anne are without netting to catch 

fish.  The Lake swarms with them this year.   ---   John Coutts, freighter, arrived today with 

ten carts loaded with bacon from Carlton, for the Company.  He passed McLeod’s carts at Victoria 

road.   ---   Messrs. Sinclair and McLane have the mail contract from Winnipeg to here, 925 miles, 

for 1 year.  Mr. McLane was formerly a resident of Edmonton.   ---   Mr Smith has threshed 11,000 

bushels of grain up to date, and is at Big Lake now.  On the 1st of the month he was unable to 

thresh in the forenoon on account of the cold.   ---   The noble red men are equal to the occasion 

now that Government have stopped their rations.  Takoots a few days ago took a notion to hunt, 

and last night brought 400 rats to the Company.   ---   The Rev. Mr Sevright, of Goderich, Ont., 

has been appointed to the Presbyterian mission of Prince Albert, the present incumbent, Rev. 

James Duncan, having been appointed to Edmonton.   ---   Eighteen grape vines and seven rose 

bush cuttings were received here last mail, and have been divided between Messrs. Ross, Hardisty 

and Reid, who will attempt their cultivation next season.   ---   A number of Montreal capitalists 

are forming a company to engage in stock-raising in the vicinity of Bow River.  The Hon. Senator 

Cochrane, the well known cattle breeder is the principal promoter.   ---   Alex Stewart, a former 

resident of Edmonton, and now in the employ of Capt. Moore, arrived here with Donald McLeod on 

the 26th ult., to look after the Captain’s timber interests here.   ---   When Mr. J. Norris came 

in from Bow River this fall, he brought, in addition to a large herd of horses and cattle, a running 

horse that he called “Touch Me Not” but which other parties say is “Blackbird”, a horse well known 

in the McLeod and Bow River country.  He has since sold the horse to Mr. Labelle for $400.

The “Montreal Witness” says that Rapid City had the honour of holding the first agricultural 

show in the NorthWest last October.  We beg pardon.  An agricultural show was held at Edmonton 

on the 15th of October ’79, at which over $00 was distributed in prizes, leaving a cash balance 

in the hands of the society of $160, which has since been expended for seed grain.


Later details for the NorthWest would seem to indicate that a severer struggle than first supposed 

has taken lace between the Canadian and American Indians.  The trouble took place at Missouri 

Coteau, a range of hills extending from the international boundary in a northwesterly direction 

toward Old Wife’s Lakes.  The Canadians were Ocean Man’s and White Bear’s band, near Moose 

Mountain, seventy miles southwest of Ft. Ellice, where they went down to the international 

boundary in pursuit of Buffalo.  The Americans, comported of Mandans and Gros Venres from Montana, 

opened fire on the Canadian Indians with Winchester repeating rifles.  The fight was kept up all 

day, all the small Canadians being killed, as well as a number of women and children.  One 

American was found dead after the combat.  On their retreat he was scalped, and a war dance 

took place over it at Ft. Ellice.

- Montreal Witness


Prince Albert and St Laurent have been formed into a territorial electoral division.  The 

election will be held this winter.  Two electoral divisions have also been formed in the 

Little Saskatchewan country.


Col. McLeod is still acting Police Commissioner.



The Dominion census will be taken on Monday, April 3rd, next. --- The Dominion Parliament 

is expected to meet on the 13th of January. --- The town of Quesnelle, British Columbia has 

been destroyed by fire, except one house. --- A gold nugget weighing six ounces is reported 

to have been found near the city of Quebec. --- In New York City fully one half of the stage 

and cab horses are laid up with the epizootic. --- The railway contractors in British Columbia 

offer $1.75 and $2.00 per day for white labourers. --- A number of expelled Jesuits form France 

have taken up their residence in Toronto. --- Of the $860,000 exports of British Columbia for 

the quarter ending the 31st of August, the mines supplied $430,000. --- A company has been 

formed in Winnipeg for bridging the Assiniboine, and another for bridging the Red River. --- A 

very rich lead of gold has been discovered at Tangier, Nova Scotia, and a company has been formed 

to work it. --- The Czar of Russia, who lost his wife a short time ago, is married again.  He had 

not been blown up for several days and was feeling lonesome. --- Drunken Indians are a common thing 

on the streets of Winnipeg and local papers want one or tow of the liquor vendors fined, as an 

example. --- The Lake Superior terminus of the Canada Pacific railway is to be changed from Forth 

Worth to Prince Arthur’s Landing, where it should have been first. --- An order was issued that all 

Indians within the city limits of Victoria, British Columbia should return to their reserve.  A 

number who refused were arrested.   ---   A large land slide has completely blocked up the Thompson 

River, British Columbia, leaving the channel dry below the dam.  An immense destruction of property 

is expected when it gives way.   ---   Chief Victoria, who has been making it interesting on the 

Mexican frontier lately, having murdered over 400 persons during the last year, was overtaken by 

Mexican troops on the 14th of October, and killed, with 50 of his men.   ---   A fierce war is being 

carried on between the railroads running west from Chicago.  The Chicago Burlington & Quincy and 

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific roads are selling tickets from Chicago to Kansas City for .50 cents.  

The regular fare is $14.80.   ---   The British Government is making preparations to sit down on the 

Irish Land League agitators.  Large reinforcements of troops are being hurried into Ireland, and 

the leaders of the league are to be arrested and tried for conspiracy.  The hands at Woolwich arsenal 

are busy making buckshot cartridge for the use of the troops in Ireland.  This is peace at any 

price with a vengeance.   ---   A new trial has been ordered in the Biddulph murder case.  The trial 

has already cost the Crown about $5,000.  The jury failed to agree.   ---   The British Government 

is in trouble again in South Africa.  A tribe called the Basutos have turned loose, and are making 

as good a fight as the Zulus.  They are being aided by other tribes, and some of the settlements 

are in great danger of being annihilated.



James McDonald, Carpenter and Joiner, Edmonton Milling Co.  Wood Turning done to order.


J. Knowles, Practical Miller and Millwright.  Plans and Specifications for any kind of machinery 

made on application – Orders solicited.  Address – Edmonton Mills.


Edmonton Mills – The Edmonton Milling Co. announces to the public of Edmonton and vicinity that 

their mill will be ready to do gristing in a couple of weeks.  The exact date will be announced in due 

course; also the days set apart for grinding Wheat, Barley or Feed.  Grain in sacks may be stored in the 

mill at once.  No grain can be stored in bulk.  As we have separate bolts for barley and wheat . . . . . . . (?)  

Customers can depend on getting their grists back on the day they bring them in.  Seventh bushel toll.


Edmonton Hotel and Feed Stables

Established 1867

The pioneer house of accommodation this side of Portage la Prairie.  A good game of pool or billiards 

can be played, and a very social evening can be spent in Billiards Room. 

Donald Ross, proprietor


Frank Oliver, Edmonton, (fourth door east of Methodist Church) has on a hand a full stock of 

Groceries, comprising Black and Green Teas, Crushed Sugar, Coffee, Myrtle Navy Tobacco, Raisins, 

Currants, Rice, Oatmeal; Beans, Dried and Evaporated Apples, California Fruit, etc.; Hardware, 

comprising Grain Shovels, Miner’s shovels, Hay and Manure Forks, Ox Bows and Yoke Staples, Strap 

Hinges, Gold Pans, Quicksilver, 3-4, 5-8 and 3-8, Manger Rope, Canadian Axes and Handles, Large Mirror, 

Butter Bowls, Bread Pans, Ready-made Stove Pipe and Elbows, etc., Boots & Shoes, Men’s and Women’s 

wear; and Dry Goods, comprising Seamless Bags, and a few pair of extra good Overalls, Shirts, Drawers 

and Socks.  A yoke of young, well bred Oxen, and 3,000 lbs. of the best Beef in the country.

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