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In the fall of i886, before the weather had turned cold, I
bid Grandma Grant good-by and set out over country roads, al-
ready strewn with fallen maple leaves, for the Intercolonial
Railroad. Having come to it, I started down the tracks, knowing
that it would bring me to Spring Hill Junction and the spur
that led to the mines beyond. To sustain my venture I had a
few Canadian dollars pinned in my pocket and a bundle of
This Intercolonial Railroad had been built shortly after the
American Civil War, over the resistance of the local-minded
people of the Maritimes, to provide a military and economic
connection between the seaboard and the interior of Canada. I
can remember my father telling how the soldiers, sent from
England to secure the Canadian border during the Civil War,
had to march through deep snow over backwoods trails all the
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/29/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.