Up to the present time, and for some months past, there have been
stationed at Fort Calgary three inspectors and about eighty men
of the Northwest Mounted Police force. This force during the exciting
news of another Riel rebellion in Manitoba has been reduced by drafts
sent to Regina. Even as we write the authorities are shipping two
field-pieces and a large quantity of ammunition to Regina, on which
speculation is various. The fact that Calgary is rapidly increasing
in population, and that it is becoming a centre of civilization,
points to the early dismantling of this post, as Canadiana have
a dislike for military or semi-military authority when such authority
becomes superfluous; but the Police have done good in their time,
and when they do leave for good there will be many an honest regret,
too: but the march of progress is inexcusable, and old and respected
landmarks must disappear before the scream of the locomotive, the
tick of the wires, and the hum of the telephone.
In the way of secret societies Calgary is well represented. The order
of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons is represented in Bow River Lodge,
No.28, G. R. M.; and the Independent Order of Odd-fellows are represented
by Alberta Lodge, No.1, which was organized last year.
Calgary is rapidly increasing in population, and that it
is becoming a centre of civilization....
In the way of secret societies Calgary is well represented.
The sons of Old Scotia are also represented by the St. Andrew's
Society, formed last fall; and a branch of the Canadian National
Association is soon to be organized.
The Historical and Scientific Society of Alberta has already a
preliminary organization; and before another six months shall have
rolled into the past, other worthy organizations will be in full
In closing our sketches we feel it our pleasing duty to thank the
people of Calgary especially the business men-for the warm support
they have extended towards our publication.