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By Jim Blanchard

A Thousand Miles of Prairie is a desirable examine Manitoba's early growth years (1880-1910) in the course of the eyes and phrases of a few of the main fascinating personalities of early Winnipeg. This assortment brings jointly 14 items from the 1st many years of the Manitoba historic Society, whilst its lectures have been attended by means of the province's political and cultural elite.
     Jim Blanchard has selected decisions that supply us a shiny style of the range of highbrow existence in flip of the century Manitoba. along with writings by way of early historians corresponding to George Bryce and Charles Bell, he contains a paper through the younger Ernest Thompson Seton, who writes approximately his makes an attempt to elevate prairie chickens. there's additionally an outline of the final passenger pigeons present in Manitoba. the gathering contains full of life own reminscences, akin to Gilbert McMicken, Canada's first spymaster, conversing approximately foiling a Fenian raid on Winnipeg, and Archbishop Samuel Matheson, who tells approximately his boyhood adventures within the nice purple River floods of the 1860s.

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An adult prairie chicken weighs two pounds, each of its wings is eleven inches long and five inches across, which gives a total wing surface of 110 square inches or 3 1/2 square inches to each ounce of weight. The young one weighs an ounce, each of its wings is four inches long by two inches across, which gives a total wing surface of -30 — The Prairie Chicken 16 square inches to its one ounce of weight. Therefore the young chick has in proportion nearly five times as much wing support as the mature bird, although, of course, the latter is more than compensated by the vastly greater proportion of muscular power.

When they squatted in the grass their color was a perfect concealment. Their only note was the triple whistle call, in a higher key, however, than that of the old ones. At first their wings all appeared with rows of large blood quills. As soon as they could run they showed a desire to drink, and on water being set before them they drank much and often. This was rather surprising, as in a state of nature they are hatched in the driest places and far from water. , they care little for any kind of food but that of living insects, but will now and then eat a little hard-boiled egg, or if oatmeal be wetted and splashed about the grass they will peck off a good deal of it.

I have seen a number of specimens taken within — 27 — ERNEST THOMPSON SETON twenty miles of Winnipeg. It is desirable that a record be kept of any new facts regarding this encroachment. . " They commence at dawn. The birds may be seen standing in ordinary attitudes until suddenly one lowers his head, spreads out his wings horizontally, but slightly dipped, and his tail perpendicularly, distends his air sacs and erects his feathers, then taking the very shortest steps, but stamping his feet so fast and hard that the sound is like that of a kettle drum, he careers about, beating the air with his wings and vibrating the tail so that it rattles loudly, uttering a sort of cribbing crow, which seems to come from the air sacs.

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