The Settlers of Vancouver Island

George Hollingsworth Ellison


Excerpt from The Settlers of Vancouver Island: A Story for Emigrants

This story is written with the object of encouragement and instruction to emigrants who are proposing to settle in Canada. The writer has experienced all the vicissitudes of a settler's career, and his sketches and heroes are taken from life, such as he has seen them in the Far West, during eighteen years of residence in Canada. Hitherto the Government of Canada, have admitted freely all who desired to become citizens. But recently Alien and Immigration Laws, have placed restrictions, which it is expected may from time to time be increased. These restrictions were a matter of necessity, to prevent Canada becoming the dumping ground for the undesirable people from Europe. They should deter none who are willing and able, and are determined to succeed. Assuredly there is no better opportunity than the present time for the youthful of both men and women and all classes, who desire to improve their conditions, or enter upon new conditions of life; and have the courage and grit "to go West," to the land of the future, and the home of the free. The Canadian Continent will in the next decade be finding increasing work in Agriculture, Timber, Mining and Manufactures for numbers of her own people, and for many from other nations, and she has room in her vast domain for 200,000,000 people, who are active workers and adaptable citizens of the New World. The prophetic words of Canada's Premier, Sir Wilfred Laurier, are already beginning to see their fulfilment: "The Twentieth Century is Canada Century, as the nineteenth was that of the United States." It seems probable that the eldest daughter of the Imperial Empire may become the most populous, virile, and loyal section of the Federated States of the British Realm. To have a share in that epoch-making period of the world's history in a new Continent, to enjoy its blessings and promote its interests, is worthy of our highest effort.

"Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate,
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait."

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