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2From Orillia to England This page intentionally left blank We have left Quebec behind us now…. It is mean, low and cold. New Brunswick 15 October 1916 Dear Father & Mother, Just a line as the train speeds along. We have left Quebec behind us now. It isn’t a patch to Ontario though it’s mighty well worth seeing. The land has something indescribable about it. It is mean, low and cold. The country doesn’t compare with Oro1 at all. We passed through some beautiful hills and mountains, hills and lakes all morning. I first viewed the ocean today at Campbellton2 where the head of the bay of Chaleur comes into sight. Capt Finlayson, Major Home (the medical of- ficer on training) and I went for a walk and pretty nearly lost the train as we had to run to get it. I lost my hat in my rush to get on the train but Capt Finlayson kindly lent me one with a badge on it so I am all fixed again. New Brunswick looks better to me than Quebec. Oh! I can understand now what a hold the R.C.’s have on Quebec. At every little village there never failed to be a large and beautiful R.C. church. About the same class of those at Penetang.3 We stopped at Drummondville, Arthabaska, where the Liberals had their famous election4 and at Gaspé where Hon. Rudolphe [Rodolphe] Lemieux runs. I asked several Frenchies who was the best, Laurier or Bourassa, and they all said Laurier was but they thought that we were damn fools to go to war. They say that we will be unable to post any mail after we pass Truro because we will then be in the war zone and we can’t tell of our movements. However, I think I can smuggle the odd letter home anyway. Well when you get this letter I guess you will be all alone. Jean and Aunt5 having gone. Well make yourself busy and have a good time. Don’t worry about us, we are having a first rate trip at the Government’s expense. I got some good pictures yesterday—The first one I took was one of the Quebec bridge—the famous one that broke. I hope it will be a good one. The scene was beautiful though the other bridge was pretty far away.6 New Brunswick is furrowed with beautiful raging rivers with stony banks etc. 81 ‘‘ ’’ Well goodbye for just now. I haven’t any real news. I know nothing of our movements. Lovingly Cecil But in Quebec the people just peeked their noses out of their houses and then scuttled back in again. Halifax, 15 October 1916 Dear Father & Mother, Just a small letter home to let you know that we have arrived safely in Halifax . Further than that I can tell you nothing besides. I really do not know anything worth while telling. We have had a fine trip alright. The Maritime provinces are certainly very nice. Parts of them are like Muskoka with rough winding rivers with steep rocky banks. We saw two or three big warships in the harbour this morning. Halifax is certainly an ideal one. There is a big French warship here too because we saw the French blue-jackets and they certainly looked very nice in their blue sails and colours. The people of the Maritime provinces are very different from those in Quebec. As soon as we left Quebec, at every town we came to the whole town would be out with all kinds of cheering and everything to make the boys feel good. But in Quebec the people just peeked their noses out of their houses and then scuttled back in again. Our train was held up for about 10 hours on the way down owing to wrecks and we didn’t get here till about noon today. This afternoon I intend to view the city, the fort and everything else worth while seeing. We will write again if we can, though you [can] never tell anything of our movements. Well goodbye Lovingly Cecil. Constituency of Drummond and Arthabaskaville, 12:20 P.M., 19 October 1916 Dear Dad and Mother Just as we are passing through this famous “riding” I thought I would drop you a line. This is Laurier’s old riding, you know. 82 FROM ORILLIA TO ENGLAND ‘‘ ’’ We met Gren at the Union Station at about 6:00. We arrived...


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