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 10 Ed. 7 Report of Agent-General. H 33
London, February 2nd, 1910.
The Hon. Richard McBride, K. C,
Premier of British Columbia, Victoria :
Dear Sir,—The people of Great Britain are taking a rapidly increasing interest in the
Province of British Columbia. So much is this the case that a traveller can go to-day
through no part of England without hearing British Columbia talked about; and the same
applies, in perhaps a slightly less degree, to Scotland and Ireland. No doubt the direct
information given to the public by the shows of fruit and the excellent cinematograph pictures
of scenery and industries of British Columbia have roused the desire here for still fuller
particulars about that great western country, and incidentally has had the effect of largely
adding to the number of callers at the office and the heavy correspondence of the past year,
which comes not only from Great Britain, but also from the Continent of Europe, from
Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India, and elsewhere, evidencing the fact that British
Columbia to-day is greatly in evidence in all parts of the globe. A very large number of the
correspondents and of the callers have already gone, or are making arrangements to go, out to
British Columbia to settle.
During 1909 nearly 8,000 letters were received at the office and about 7,900 letters
despatched from it; some 134,270 pamphlets have been carefully distributed, and there have
been approximately 4,000 callers. In addition to the pamphlets directly distributed from the
office, several thousands were brought over with the fruit and sent direct to the fruit shows
and there distributed.
During November and December twenty-six fruit shows were held in various parts
of the country, all of which proved successful, attracting a vast number of people and keeping
the attendants hard at work answering questions respecting the industries and conditions of
life and other particulars about British Columbia. One of the great advantages of these shows
is the correct idea they give to people here of the climate of British Columbia, about which,
some few years ago, they were very ignorant. The shows referred to were held and medals
awarded as shown in the following list:—
November 3rd and   4 th—Liverpool   Horticultural   Association   at   St.   George's   Hall,
ii        3rd   ii      4th—Bristol   Chrysanthemum   Society,  Drill   Hall,   Bristol,   silver
ii        3rd   n      4th—Bath Gardeners'Debating Society, Assembly Rooms, Bath, gold
n        3rd   to    5th—National Chrysanthemum Society, Crystal Palace, silver gilt
medal. H 34
Report of Agent-General.
November 9th and 10th—Ulster Horticultural Society,   St.   George's  Covered  Market,
9th   ii    10th—Southampton Royal Horticultural Society, Artillery Drill Hall,
Southampton, gold medal.
10th    ii    11th—Gravesend,    Northfleet   and   District   Horticultural   Society,
Market Place Hall, Gravesend, gold medal.
12th    n    13th—Sheffield  Chrysanthemum Society,   Corn  Exchange,   Sheffield,
silver medal.
12th   ii    13th—Wellingborough   Chrysanthemum    Society,   Exchange   Hall,
Market Square, Wellingborough.
12th   ii    13th—Blackburn and District Horticultural Society, gold medal.
17 th    M    18th—Chester Paxton Society.
18th   to   20th—Norfolk and Norwich  Xmas Show Association, Agricultural
Hall, Norwich.
18th    ii    20th—Scottish Horticultural Society, Waverley Market, Edinburgh
silver medal.
19th and 20th—Leeds Paxton Society.
19th   ii   20th—Aberdeen   Chrysanthemum Society,   Music   Hall,   Aberdeen
gold medal.
Manchester, gold medal.
November 26th and 27th—Hawick Horticultural Society, The Exchange Halls, Hawick,
gold medal.
ii        27th to   30th, December 1st and 2nd—Birmingham Agricultural   Exhibition
Society, Bingley Hall, Birmingham.
December   1st   n      4th—Royal Horticultural Society, Vincent  Square,   Westminster,
gold, seven silver, and silver gilt medals.
1st  and  2nd—Redhill Agricultural Society.
7th   to     9th—Leeds Smithfield Club, Victoria Cattle Market, Leeds.
6th   ii     10th—Smithfield Club, Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington.
8th   ii     10th—Royal Dublin Society, Balls Bridge, Dublin.
13th and 14th—Ashford Cattle Show.
13 th to   15th—Suffolk Fat Cattle Club, Ipswich.
14th   ii     16th—Yorkshire Society Xmas Exhibition of Stock, etc., York.
Note. —The agricultural and cattle shows award no medals for fruit.
The medals of the Royal Horticultural Society were awarded as follows :—
Province of British Columbia, gold medal.
Stirling and Pitcairn, Kelowna, silver gilt medal.
Okanagan Fruit Union, Vernon, silver gilt medal.
Kaslo District Fruit-growers' Association, silver gilt medal.
Mrs. John Smith, Spence's Bridge, silver gilt medal.
Victoria District, Vancouver Island, silver medal.
Salt Spring Island, silver medal.
C. T. Cooney, Kamloops, silver medal.
The show of the Royal Horticultural Society was opened by the Duchess of Argyll,
accompanied by the Duke. They were much gratified by the splendid display of British
Columbia fruit, and it is probably owing to Her Royal Highness informing the King about it
that His Majesty, on visiting the cattle show at Islington, made particular inquiry for the
British Columbia fruit exhibit, and, contrary to his usual custom, went up into the gallery to
visit it and make inquiries of the attendant about the Province. 10 Ed. 7 Report of Agent-General. H 35
It will be noticed that many of the shows came together—for instance, four between
3rd and 5th November, six between 9th and 13th of the same month, and so on. This made
it very difficult for Mr. Scott to have men in charge possessed of such knowledge of British
Columbia as would enable them to supply information to the hundreds of inquirers.
Fortunately, I was able to secure the services of Mr. Bullock-Webster and Mr. Bickmore.
The former is a resident of British Columbia and the other has had several years' experience
in the Province. Both are highly capable men and thoroughly well able to take charge of the
exhibits. My son also attended several of the shows and his knowledge of the country is
very thorough, so there was no difficulty in supplying all inquirers with full information about
it. The admirable and energetic manner in which Mr. Scott, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, carried out the whole course is worthy of the highest commendation.
As mentioned in the last Annual Report, the great importance of having an agricultural
college and farm established in British Columbia is thoroughly confirmed by the great number
of correspondents and inquirers who wish to place their sons or to go themselves to obtain
instruction at some institution. These are all well able and willing to pay any reasonable fee
in this connection, and it is evident that as hundreds of them will be ready to take advantage
of such a college, it would be a paying institution.
The cinematograph exhibitions given at most of the shows, and spoken to by the Deputy
Minister or by the other gentlemen in charge, proved very highly attractive, and as the films
are now being lent out to lecturers throughout Britain, this full interest will be kept up in
our Province during the whole of the year.
It would add greatly to the usefulness of this office if reports of all important matters in
relation to various industries of the Province, of any great construction works projected or of
great surveys, of Government or municipal loans, and the sales of Government land, were
telegraphed to this office at least monthly; and in the matter particularly of loans and sales of
land, the fullest particulars should be forwarded for use in this office. These, I am convinced,
would lead to tenders being made from London. It is evident from the number of inquiries
I have had in this connection during the past year that it would prove advantageous if such
information were always ready here for callers or for the press.
There have been many inquiries during the past year from fishermen and the owners of
fishery works about that industry, and it is very desirable that fuller information should be
supplied to the office on the general conditions and prospects for men who understand it.
It is certain that the admirable way in which your Government has supported this office
and enabled it to carry out the good work of educating the people of Great Britain about the
abounding wealth of British Columbia, its admirable climate, and its wonderful prospects for
the future has proved highly successful in the interests of the Province, and is returning
already good value.
Your obedient servant,
Agent-General for British Columbia.
victoria, B.C.:
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, I.S.O., V.D., Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.


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