By Jim Blanchard
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Extra info for A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada
He gave about the time of the transfer of this Province 100 pounds sterling in American bonds, of which the interest has been used in the shape of prizes to the Public Schools of this Province and in 1881 he gave a handsome subscription to Manitoba College. It is known that for years he has been considering the propriety of establishing in his native land some useful educational institution. At one time this was thought of as a 'Normal School' and the University Act bears traces of an intention to provide for this on the part of the framers of the Act.
McMicken is with you; it means for him life or death, and my anxiety is to save him from danger which lies in his way. " During this episode the order of the stage agent had been presented to the driver, who had only an hour or there abouts before arrived over a stage of about 20 miles. Such a hurricane of blasphemous swearing as issued from that profane driver's lips I never heard before, and could not imagine so vile a lame lump of humanity to exist anywhere out of the "inferno". Yet even in this there was hid a germ of virtue, a trait of humane feeling, for it was in consideration of his team (which he idolized) that he was excited into the indulgence of such revolting profanity, polluting the very atmosphere around him.
Transaction No. 14, read May 22, 1884. -32 — GILBERT McMICKEN (1813-1891) GILBERT MCMICKEN WAS IN MANY WAYS TYPICAL OF THE young men who immigrated to Upper Canada from Scotland in the first half of the nineteenth century. In one respect, however, he was unique: he was Canada's first secret policeman. The Transaction printed here, delivered when he was seventy-five years old, offers a fascinating glimpse into the professional life of a secret agent, a man who "made himself useful," in many ways and many different situations, to the new Dominion and its first prime minister, Sir John A.
A Thousand Miles of Prairie: The Manitoba Historical Society and the History of Western Canada by Jim Blanchard