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vox OOLLEGIL 15 ity do likewise in the near future— the economic significance of these in- dustries is obvious. Besides the large railway pay roll, there are many men employed in the construc- tion of such public buildings as have been found necessary since provin:ial autonomy was granted. The Parlia- ment buildings and a handsome Court House are nearing comple- tion. Government house is in c()urse of construction, and a very credit- able post office has been accommo- dating the public for some time. Jn the matter of churches and schools, our city compai ' es very fav- orably with any in Canada. Besides the University buildings and the affiliated colleges, Alberta (Methodist , and Eobertson (Presby- terian), there are two high schools, twelve large public schools, three convents, with all the buildings con- nected with them, besides tour churches of each denomination, Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of Ensrland, Baptist and Roman Cath- olic : so that all mental and spiiit- ual needs are in a fair way of being attended to. Nor arc our bodily ills any less faithfully served, as there are four hospitals In Edmonton, and one in Edmonton South ; and becatise of the expanse of country which is S ' rv- ed by these hospitals, there is a con- stant need for more accommodation. As in every new country, from all who have the intei " ests of the city at heart, tremendous effort is required to care for the large number of peo- ple constantly coming " in from the Old Country, from Eastern Canada and from the United States. For this reason, it is to be expected that our churches and hospitals, our schools and hotels are taxed to the utmost to keep pace. It is hardly fair to expect the city fathers to attend to all these things when the- must needs supervise such interesting details as sanitation, lighting, paving, street cars and water supply, as these utilities are all owned and operated by the mu- nicipality. It therefore rests with the women to undertake the larger charities, such as the Children ' s Shelter, the District Nurse and the furnishing of hospitals ; and to advocate and carry out the establishmen t of play- grounds, the election of a woman school trustee, and laws for the bet- ter protection of women and child- ren. All these things require time and energy, and these are freely p iv- en by all our citizens in order that Edmonton may become the greatest and best citv in all of the " Last Best West. "
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14 VOX COLLEGI starvation and death. To such an extent was this the case that for many years the road they followed was known as the death trail, strewn with its gruesome proof of the doc- trine of the survival of the fittest. A few years before the Klondyke excitement, the C.P.R. had built a branch line from Calgary north to Strathcona, a village three miles away from Edmonton, but directly across the river, as the crow flies. So the inhabitants were able to get out of the town, but they lacked the means of attracting settlers to come into it. Yery slow indeed was the growth of this choice corner of the world un- till 1905, when the Canadian North- ern Railway reached Edmonton and so made the town independent of the C.P.R. In the same year Alberta was ad- mitted as a Province of the Domin- ion, and Edmonton was made the caf iail. A year or two later the Uinv-ersity of Alberta was located at Strathcona, ard then the idea of the amelgamation of the two towns be- gan to take definite shape, and this year it became an accomplished fact. T ' ' is not so easy to a complish as mij ' at at fi rst appear, as there are very ste p banks along t e river here and two towns made one wi hout a connecting link was +00 a] surd f r words, so the ' ro-i-cial (Govern- ment, the municipalities of Edmon- ton and Strathcona and the C.P.R., each contributed towards the build- ing of a high level bridge with rail- way and traffic decks, so that we shall soon be able to go directly across to Edmonton south, a dis- tance of one mile, where formerlv one travfllcd a d ' stanc° of three miles up hill and down dale. The need for more railroad compe- tition is constantly makino- itself felt, and for that reason it was a grand day for us when the Grand Trunk Pacific stretched itself into and beyond Edmonton, and mough it will not be completed for at least two years more, it has ali-eady done much towards opening up the vast country to the west, and will in time become one of the most important commercial highways on the conti- nent. Thus we arc now in the happy position of having three railroads running into Edmonton where eight years ago we had none. Tn the country surroundings and the gardens of simny Alberta, in which all vegetables and grains that thiive in Ontario can be grown with equal success here, small fruits and crab apples grow well, but the tend- erer varieties of fruits have not yet been attempted. Dairy farming is in its infancy as yet, but the con- ditions are so favorable that it is safe to assume that once having- ac- cess to an assured market, it will he- come one of our most thriving indus- tries. At north Edmonton is situated a large packing plant owned by the Swift Canadian Company, which ser- ves as a market for dressed meats for all Alberta, in which product we hope to take a place second to none in the markets of the world. Besides these industries Edmonton boasts of three lumber mills, and several factories, box, sash and door, office supplies, etc. the material for which is obtained from the vast tim- ber limits near the head waters of the Saskatchewan and aloi e the nu- meroi7s other rivers that drain the coiuitry. The r?vrnue obtained from the trade in f ' irs is still very consider- able, as Edmonton is the di-tribu- tion point for traders ' sunplir-s as well as the. point from which pelts are shipped to EIngland and foreign countries. All throup-h Northern Alberta are strata of I ' s nite coal, so that the ever present fear of coal fnmine which is a terror to the dwellers on the prairie, is unknown here. The G. T. P. has established shops at Caldor. n suburb of Edmonton, and the C. N. R. will in all probabil-
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16 VOX COLLEGIl WHEN MINUTES WERE HOURS. (Continued from May number.) For the apparition which followed I was totally unprepared. Instead of the clumsy, unkempt form of the hobo I expected, a long, bent, some- thing clad iuswhite limped into the room. Then a flash of lightning showed me more clearly this crippled apparition. He carried a staff in his bony hand to aid him as he walked. His long, white hair streamed over his bowed shoulders. His face ap- peared a yellow-white, and was long and gaunt like his body. A more fit- ting representation of anything there could not be than was this wraith, of the age and desolation of the house and indeed of the entire surroundings. So numb was I that 1 was quite unconscious of any physical or men- tal sensation whatsoever. To have moved would have been as impossi- ble as to have grown wings on the spur of the moment and flown out through the wall. I think I was ex- periencing paralyzing fright of the natural being or the unnatural being That this creature had no designs on me was evident from the first. He had a purpose in coming into that room, but clearly I was not that purpose, for he gave not a passing glance at the bed. He limped slowly across the room to the window, cracking his staff on the floor at every step. I could not see cl early what he was doing at the window, but could hear him fumbling with its latch apparently. Another streak of lightning flashed through the -win- dow and seemed almost to strike him. He uttered a ghastly shriek and staggered back, recovered him- self, swaved this wav and that and crumpled down in a heap. How long he lay there I cannot say, for I was in no condition to reckon time. It might have been hours or it might have been min- utes. I wasn ' t even conscious of wonderingr if he would ever rise. But rise he did after preliminary groan- ings. . Twice he fell back in his at- tempts to raise himself, but finally he succeeded in getting up. Time was interminable in his progress a- cross the room. He forgot to lock the door when he went out, and I could hear everv step of his progress down unendine flights of stairs . At dawn I drew my first breath — I ' ll always remember that breath — it seemed as though I ' d been dead for some years and this was resurrec- tion. I never realized before what a lovely thingr it was to breathe. The horror of the night recurred to me and I breathed again. Could it have been a dream ? I remembered the unlocked door and I rose and went to it. There in the outside of the door was the key, and both the keys I ' d received the night before lay on the table. At last I, who was a sceptic in things occult, had been visited by a ghost with an evidence left behind. The station agent said when I re- counted this tale to him : " I am sor- ry to spoil your little story, but I forgot to tell you about the old man that sleeps in the basement of the hotel sometimes. He has evidently taken a great interest in me and my affairs, and probably came up to see if my windows were shut, to keep out the rain. BLANCHE STEWART.
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