British Columbia; Papers Relative to the Affairs of British Columbia .Copies of Despatches from the Secretary of State for the Colonies to the Governor of British Columbia, and from the Governor to the Secretary of State

British Columbia; Papers Relative to the Affairs of British Columbia .Copies of Despatches from the Secretary of State for the Colonies to the Governor of British Columbia, and from the Governor to the Secretary of State

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...Thompson, I should think 300 or 400 feet deep. The upper plateau, on which Lytton is placed, descends by a similar bank of about 100 feet high to the narrow bench, which again descends by a similar precipitous bank upon Fraser River. At the south end of the town there is a very deep gully, which runs a considerable way into the mountains on the east of the river. Up this gully a road might be brought from the Fraser; it is, I think, the easiest way; but it would probably be from 1 mile to 1 mile in length for carts. There is only one little rill of water to supply the town; it is adequate for the few houses now there, but quite insufficient for a town of any size. Mr. Nicol and myself ascended its course (it is an artificial ditch brought by miners) for about 1 mile, in order to see whether it was larger at its source, or diminished by percolation, as we had been told that at that distance it was 15 times its bulk below. We found that this was an entire misrepresentation; we fancied indeed, but sometimes entirely changed our opinion, that the stream above contained somewhat more water. We had no, means of gauging the rill. It is probably the fact that some water is lost, which by a careful system of waterproof piping might be available for the supply of the town; but at best it would be no more than a tolerably rapid now in a channel a foot wide and 4 or 5 inches deep, not much more than in a sluice head on a single mining claim. Waterworks might easily be constructed to any extent upon the Thompson River, which runs swiftly, and in a very clear and abundant stream. From the nature of the soil I do not think wells would answer; I recollect that when I was on the spot the soil appeared to be more dried up than it now appears. I believe that...show more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587170
  • 9781236587176