The Winnipeg Daily Sun, Friday, December 7, 1883


The agitation amongst the people for an amelioration of the grievances which weigh dow the Northwest goes bravely on. Notwithstanding the deep-seated discontent and the indiscreet counsels of disloyal and designing censors, the temper of all these gatherings is remarkable for its reasonableness and moderation. The people are firm and determined, as only people can be who are feeling practically and severely the disadvantages under which they labor, to many of whom it means actual privation, of not only the comforts, but the necessaries of life. The resolutions are practical and full of meaning, not a word added for flourish or effect, but each one dictated by sincerity and a fixed purpose to adhere steadfastly to the issue.

Thursday counted two more important and influential gatherings, one at Rapid City, and the other at Brandon. At Rapid City there was a very large attendance of farmers, and the enthusiastic and unanimous voice of the meeting endorsed the resolutions passed at other meetings of late. The proposed Winnipeg central meeting was heartily supported and delegates appointed to attend it.

The Brandon meeting was something more novel in the history of the agitation, as it was a citizensí convention held for the purpose of discussing the advisability of co-operating with the farmers in the general movement. The report indicates that the meeting was large, influential and harmonious. The mayor occupied the chair, and Conservatives vied with Reformers in expressing their hearty sympathy with the present agitation. The aid and influence of the meeting was pledged to the farmers and delegates appointed to attend the Winnipeg meeting and convey to the representatives there, the decisions arrived at. The agitation has now assumed proportions from which it cannot and will not recede, until it carries with it victory. It is extremely silly for organs whose interests seem adverse to the movement to ignore it, or affect to think that it is not important. The difficulties must be fairly faced and honestly discussed by all, and the sooner this is done, and sensible decisions arrived at, the sooner will the agony be over.

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