New Nation 6 May


Second Session of the Legislative Assembly reported.;;;;;;

“Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia,”;;;

“Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia”.;;;

“Important Speech of the President.” given in Legislative Assembly, 5 May 1870.;

“The Executive,” on 5 May the President submitted their names to the Legislature.

“Laws of Assiniboia,” passed by the President and Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia, 7 May 1870.;;;;;;;

“Laws of Assiniboia,” passed by the President and Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia, 7 May 1870.;;;;;;;

“News from the Delegates,” telegraph has arrived, things progressing smoothly, “Delegates from the Provisional Government receive full recognition and respect by the Canadian Government.”

“Judge Black for Governor,” Black as governor is popular choice.

“At Home and Abroad,” opens: “It is with great pleasure that we observe indications of increased confidence amongst our people. After passing through a severe trial like the one we have lately experienced—which has been caused by Canadians and yet blamed [on us] by them—what a sense of relief it is to find ourselves bending to our daily tasks without the dread of unforeseen calamity to which we have been so accustomed during the long winter just over.” Reports spring brigade carts will be leaving for St. Paul; notes railway men of both the US and Canada are interested in opening rail lines to Red River; observes that any freighter put out of work once rail is in will be “sure to obtain increased advantage in some way under the new order of things, that will more than compensate him for his loss in freighting”; things in the settlement “begin to assume their old appearance” [meaning busy/prosperous]; HBC is engaging men for the interior; “we are at peace amongst ourselves, and hard feelings are giving place to the better counsels of our hearts … remember the oft-repeated motto that ‘union is strength’”; waiting to hear from the delegates, “we are grieved (but not alarmed) to observe the tone and fiery temper of the press abroad. We read of preparations for war, threatenings, indignation mass meetings, expressions of dislike and hatred, disdain and so forth, which at this season we cannot but consider ill-timed and not calculated to do any good either in Canada or here.”

“Mail Arrived,” “bringing date to 19th ult.” [April].

“A Sharp Letter from the Post-Master General,” letter to the Editor dated Winnipeg, 5 May 1870. A.G.B. Bannatyne complains that Mr. F.C. Mercer has behaved badly and slandered Bannatyne as Postmaster. Nothing untoward is happening to anybody’s mail. No one is to send someone to pick up their mail without sending along a written order.

“The Plain Hunters,” reports winterers from the plains are arriving heavily loaded with robes and provisions

“Notice”: The Restoration of Peace, Prosperity, and Harmony, under the auspices of the Provisional Government, induces the Subscriber to offer Cash for Pork, Beef, and Flour. H. McKenney. Winnipeg, April 29, 1870 [Advertisement for Hugh McKenny’s store, Winnipeg]

“The Grand Concert,” notice,;

a reference to the concert planned to celebrate the Queen’s birthday “A Grand Concert, Vocal and Instrumental,” to be given in support of the orphans, on Tuesday evening, 24 June 1870, at the Court House, Winnipeg. [There is an ad on page three, which includes the programme, but the Manitobia link does not connect to the content],

“Departure,” Mrs. Alexander Begg and her brother Mr. Hamilton left for Canada “to visit her friends” and won’t be back ‘til next spring,

“The International,” HBC steamer arrived Fort Garry, took on furs, departed for Georgetown. Mrs. Burdick, wife of the steamer’s purser was on board with her family and “intends visiting among her friends in the States.”

“The Statesman of the Period.” See Songs of the Resistance,


“Schultz at Mischief again: He Tries to get our Delegates Mobbed and Lynched at Toronto,” reprint from Irish Canadian (13 April 1870): a brief review of causes of the resistance to Canada, characterizing it as a rebellion against England; report of “Resolution” of “citizens of Toronto” to lynch the Red River delegates.

“The Storm in Upper Canada,” avers “The threats and destruction vomited forth towards us by those agencies [the Globe and friends], we throw back with scorn and contempt.” Further, “Three lives have been lost, we deplore to say, through the mad frolics of those fire-brands and the wise patience of statesmanship recklessly betrayed. Yet those very men who have been lionized and lauded by the Glode and its partisans, are the primary murderers of Sutherland, Parisean and Scott,—all British subjects; the two former our own countrymen, the latter a Scotchman, and not a Canadian, as sensationally blazed forth for party interests.”

“Burst!” avers the indignation meetings in Toronto came to nothing.

“The Fizzle at Ottawa,” indignation meeting failed,

“Our Victory!!” report that delegates Ritchot and Scott were finally released from jail in Ottawa.

“Ottawa. A Sketch of the House of Commons,” description of the Chamber; mention that within the visitor’s gallery, “The seats devoted to ladies are generally filled by the fair sex of the capital to the great delight of the young as well as more staid members, whose eyes are constantly seen roving upwards”; Joseph Howe described as old with a weaker voice than formerly; John A. Macdonald described as not particularly eloquent; neither is Cartier much of an orator; observation that French language should be banned from the legislative hall; other members described;;;

“American Troops,” Gen. Sykes expected at Pembina [bottom of column]

“Chinese Labor: A Proposed Scheme for the North-West,” dismissive comment on article written by Beckwith, who compares the North-West to an elephant that needs to be evaluated in terms of worth and then to have something done with it. His solution is to bring in skilled labourers as immigrants from China (which has a surplus population) to institute quick settlement because Canadians will not proceed with settlement except slowly and besides, the Chinese are far superior farmers. New Nation is annoyed that the people already in country are not considered as settlers.

New Nation comments “we have no doubt the Chinese are a very fine people” but then lapses into extremely racist, xenophobic diatribe—apparently based on what has been picked up from American papers reporting on Chinese immigrants to the US.

 “The Prince to Visit California,” meaning Prince Arthur, by way of the Pacific Railway.


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