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Canadian Girl

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"Canadian Girl," letter, Alberta West [Calgary AB] 1911.

Dear Alberta West:

It seems to me that there is no difficulty in outlining a rosy prospect for an English family—well qualified to take care of themselves . . . If I were the "proficient housekeeper, poultry keeper, dairywoman and seamstress" of this family, I would immediately constitute myself the head of such a cozy home, and start a chicken farm. With eggs selling at 40 cents and 50 cents per dozen, I should attempt to make my fortune in this way. . . . The typewriter could easily secure a good position at $600 or $700 per year in an office in town, and the teacher, after passing her examination could easily get a position in a public school. New rooms and schools being opened every month in the city, she could probably reside there all the time; if not she could get a very good position in some other part of the province and spend her holidays at home.

I am sure they would love it, the prairies are so magnificent! And with a pony of their own, they could have the best times imaginable in Calgary.

Reprinted by permission of Women's Press.

 
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