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By Frank Leonard

In one thousand errors, Frank Leonard appears at why the 'Road of 1000 Wonders' did not stay as much as the expectancies forecast by way of corporation president Charles M. Hays and different senior managers. not just was once the railway outfitted via a carefully settled area, which generated little rapid site visitors, yet its fiscal problems have been additionally compounded by means of the various blunders made through managers in any respect degrees: for instance, their failure to reply accurately to labour shortages prompted critical delays and avoided the corporate from proving Prince Rupert as an efficient replacement harbour sooner than international struggle I broke out. For this booklet, Frank Leonard had entry to a wealth of unique records, between them the GTP felony division records, supplying him with insights into the choices that shaped the root for regulations in townsites and on Indian reserves. one thousand mistakes is a provocative account of 1 of the best disasters in Canadian entrepreneurial historical past. Richly specified and carefully documented, it makes an immense contribution to the fields of railway and enterprise historical past, in addition to to the examine of the heritage of northern British Columbia.

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And the GTP had a bill passed in the federal house for the purpose of obtaining the small federal subsidy granted to the PNO by granting the latter company running rights over its main line. The proclamation of this act meant that the GTP could collect the subsidies promised to the PNO by both the federal and provincial governments by construction of its main line, in effect a triple subsidy. 65 WHILE THE GTP's acquisition of Kaien Island turned on the company's uncertain relations with the British Columbia government, its attempt to secure part of Metlakatla Indian Reserve to enlarge its Pacific terminus holdings engaged both the province and the dominion.

75 Since the company Entry into British Columbia, 1902-12 41 had not yet assigned one of its solicitors to review GTP activities in British Columbia, the only informed source of legal advice on the matter was Bodwell who was on retainer and did only as he was instructed. In November, the GTP advised the DIA that it preferred a company agent rather than a department official to negotiate with the band for the sale of the land it required. '76 About the negotiations with the band itself, little has survived.

Morse indicated, however, that the GTP would now accept the province's position on reversionary interest, and invited him to a meeting in Montreal with the GTP management to 'clear our title... ' At the meeting, Morse produced a sheaf of telegrams to demonstrate how the GTP management had distanced itself from Russell. 88 Though the company had paid the entire price of the reserve to the department in December 1906, it had persuaded the department to hold back forwarding even the first instalment to the Native people in order to delay completing the formal alienation of the reserve.

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