The fact that the resolutions at present before parliament calling for so many and large appropriations for railway construction in various parts of this Dominion contain no appropriation for the northern end of the country which I have the honour to represent, so much deserving of aid, causes me great disappointment which I feel constrained to express. 1 made a request by letter in April last addressed to the Minister of Railways which was a rene'wal of previous requests, for a continuation of the line of railway from New Germany, where the Caledonia and Central Railway intersect to Foster Settlement and New Ross, and from thence by the valley of the Gold River to Chester basin, to connect with the Halifax and Southwestern Railway. I asked for a money appropriation for construction, and showed how essential this road was to the settlers along the line of route, as well as to open up and develop the resources of the country, rich in soil, lumber and mineral, it being as fine as any in Nova Scotia. I further showed that the proposed road would be a ready way to market, as well as have those people relieved of the torture they at present have to undergo, travelling over a highway, or portage road, very little better in some places than an open wilderness. I must here not omit to state that the scene along the proposed route is an everchanging panorama of splendid views, showing miles of romantic ride, and soil most productive ; the scene being interspersed with hill, glen, lake and stream-the latter well supplied with fish ; all vieing with each other to offer the greatest attraction for settlers. Bulletins are published offering very excellent farms in Ontario and the west ; but nothing is said of the vast areas of productive, arable soil in Nova Scotia. Fruit in Lunenburg county, particularly in the districts I have referred to-New Germany, Foster Settlement, New Ross, and the places adjacent-can be grown in abundance and that of a beautiful description. It is a lovely sight to witness the farmers' handsome orchards, trees bending under the weight of scarlet apples, luscious, juicy grapes, plums growing purple in the sunlight, and pears
vieing with each other for size. These in themselves contribute very largely to the comfort and wealth of the farmer and fruitgrower of these places when proper attention and skill are employed. The want of good roads and other facilities to reach a market, the people now occupying days in going to market and returning, is a great drawback to them, and most discouraging, whereas, with the facilities of railway transportation, time and space are overcome, money saved, and the promising youth of the country induced to remain, and settle at home, instead of going to the United States as they are now doing, seeking employment denied them at home, owing to the difficulties and inconveniences that beset them such as I have referred to. We are spending from day to day immense sums of money to -bring settlers from abroad to the Northwest, whereas by constructing a railway from New Germany to New Ross, giving accommodation to the adjacent settlements of New Burn, Woodstock and other settlements nearer home, we offer inducements for our youths to remain and build comfortable homes for themselves at a comparatively small expenditure of time and money, and, best of all an opportunity to receive a fair return for their labour. I hope I shall not be considered as viewing the condition of this subject with a microscopic eye for I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, that I know whereof I speak, having a practical knowledge of the capabilities of the country, and the conditions under which these people are suffering for the want of a railway.
Topic: RAILWAY SUBSIDIES.