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