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Rev. Calvin on Horse - 'Nigger'W-MCP2-4.010 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from a fellow law graduate, W. F. Grieg
Aug 3 1906
To: c/o Royce & Henderson, Barristers, 48 King West, Toronto, Ontario
From: Macleod Club Macleod, Alberta


[Macleod, Alberta]
Dear Tim,

I was very much pleased to receive your letter of July 23rd inst. But you took confoundedly long in writing.

First I must tell you about your brother [Calvin]. It was the latter part of June that I saw him first. He had ridden in from Stand Off on his Cayuse for his mail and I just happened along, was very much surprised to meet him. I told him that whenever he was in town to come around to the office and three weeks ago to-morrow he came in again to remain one Sunday and take the service at the Presbyterian Church here. I was sorry I could not stay in Town, but I had arranged to go out to the Blood Reserve about 5 o'clock Saturday to remain over until Monday morning.

It would be a treat for you to see him Tim, he looks like a typical Westerner and he is so fat you wouldn't know him. The climate out here agrees with him outwardly. I wish I were in as good condition as he is.

Jimmie Brebner ought to be reprimanded I believe he gives an outsider more consideration than a graduate. He scared the life out of me when he sent me the letter in June intimating that I had not written on Medical Jurisprudence. Afterwards he wrote saying he was very sorry for sending the first letter. However, I don't care now that I have seen the results published.

It must have been rich to hear [?] school knocking the examiners, the old fool ought to realize it was a miracle he ever got through at all. We shall certainly have to give "John" a warm reception this Autumn. Bless his old soul and I am so glad that [?] fear and once again he be in our midst to chew his nails and hawk his "guts" out at the great congregation we have.

I wrote to O'Neil about two weeks ago but have not had time to write to old Tom.

I wish I could go up the River with you for a week, but fear that I may not have an opportunity to go at all although I shall try and get one day if possible. I am going to leave here the 10th day of September but it will be the [?] to get away from here. Campbell wants me to stay longer and is trying to work some game on me. He has offered me a partnership and the MPP here said I would get the appointment as Crown Attorney if I've married but these inducements are of no avail just now.

Campbell went East in the middle of July and I have been the sole proprietor since. I hope he gets back next [week?]. I told him if he was not here by the last day in August I would close up the office and leave anyway.

It is the great place to make money and the experience has been as good to me as two whole years in Toronto.

The Chief Justice (Sifton) is lousy. I appeared before him in court for two days and succeeded in getting everything I was after.

The first month it was hell out here Tim but since then I have enjoyed every day of it and many of my trips north are most enjoyable.

Last month I succeeded in organizing a swimming club and we have a dip every day. The water is much like that of Lake Ontario as they are all mountain streams. We are so close to the Rockies.

If you have time write to me again this month, provided your letter arrives before Aug. 31st.

Sincerely yours,

W. F. Greig

1 Calvin took a position preaching out west and travelled between three communities & churches on horseback. We have included a photograph of Calvin on a black horse which he named "Nigger."

A Cayuse

Cattle drives, shootouts and the U.S. Cavalry all added excitement to the Old West. It was the wild horse, however, that became a symbol of everything the West stood for--freedom, stamina and the ability to survive hardship. One little known horse from that period of American history is the famed Cayuse Indian Pony of the Northwest. Although the settlers called most horses raised by the American Indians "cayuse ponies", the Cayuse Indian Pony of the Northwest is a distinct breed which originated in the 1800's. Its conformation and its background set it apart from the mustang, Spanish Barb or other wild horses. Small and stocky, the Cayuse Indian Pony has high withers and an unusually long canon bone. In addition, its distinctly sloped pastern gives it a broken walking gait. Any rider, especially younger children, will find this an extremely pleasant and easy seat.

Frederic Remington, who is famous for his artistic representations of the Old West, sketched many of the wild horses he found in the late 1800s. He described the Cayuse Indian Pony as "generally roan in color, with always a tendency this way, no matter how slight." Remington wrote that his subject was heavily muscled, and while only about fourteen hands high, was still very powerful. The breed's history is obscure and difficult to trace. It has been generally accepted that the Cayuse Indian Pony descended from the French-Norman horses imported into Canada in the 1600s. By the 1800s, the Cayuse Indian Pony had become a separate breed. The Cayuse Indians, known throughout the Northwest for their expert horsemanship, continued to develop this French-Spanish Barb strain through selective breeding. Because the French horse had the ability to pass on its tendency for spots or a profusion of white markings, the Cayuse Indians were able to produce some very colorful horses. In fact, the Appaloosa, Paint and Pinto breeds have all been influenced by the blood of the Cayuse Indian Pony.

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