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Surrey (BC), Heritage House Publishing, c1984.
96pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-91921-456-8.


Surrey (BC), Heritage House Publishing, c1983.
96pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-919214-584.

Grades 6 and up.
Reviewed by Jack Brown.

Volume 12 Number 5
1984 September

Like all other Frontier Books in format, these two volumes contain numerous credited photographs and maps, have small print and no room for rebinding. They are written in an easy-to-read style and provide the most comprehensive information about their particular historical topic.

Frog Lake Massacre begins with an account of the battle itself including a copy of the telegram sent from Fort Edmonton, which was the first word of the event, then follows survivors through the next months. Much of the information in the book is taken from historical documents or other works on the subject, all carefully credited. There are numerous first -person accounts of the events of the time.

Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass, although historical as well, deals with events closer to the present day. Three major disasters are described: the Frank Slide of 1903, the Hill Crest mining cave-in of 1914, and the mining-associated events (floods, cave-ins, explosions and fires) in the town of Fernie, British Columbia in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The book concludes with a brief chapter on the Crowsnest Pass area of the Rocky Mountains today and some comments on the development of the mining industry.

Both books are excellent additions to any Prairie local history collection; their personal approach provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in Canadian history.

Elaine Atwood, St. Albert P. L., St. Albert, AB.
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