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Title: Ernest Cochrane, Calgary, Canada, to Katie [Finlay?], Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCochrane, Ernest/44(2)
SenderCochrane, Ernest
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprovost sergeant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCalgary, Canada
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientFinlay, Kate
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3504/1/17: Copied by courtesy of Mr A. D. Finlay
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407009
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:07:1994.
Word Count436
TranscriptFrom: Ernest Cochrane

To: Katie [Finlay?],
[Wellesdon, Holywood?]
[Co. Down?]

August 4th '98 [1898?]

CALGARY, N.W.T. [North West Territories?]

My dear Katie
Thank you very much
for the Paper you sent me:
And by the post mark I see
you are at home, so I will let
you know how the world waggs
out here. We are having our
hot weather spell; and with
the thermometer at between
90 & 96 degrees in the shade, times
are not pleasant, as they
give us no summer uniform
to wear. However I am past
all climatic changes. I
have written two letters to John
but have got no answer.
In the billet, [where he is staying?],I
feel sure he has not much
time for casual correspondence
Enclosed I send you a
newspaper cutting of one of
the "nasty people", I have to do [deal?]
with. I arrested this man
twice: but did not let him
escape. He always expressed
great admiration for me!
And said it was a pity I had
not been a horse thief, instead
of wasting my time in the
police. Where the supposed
compliment comes in, I
cant [can't] exactly say. He tried
to "hold up" a small town
I happened to be in, I got
the best of him: and then
I lost sight of him for years;
when I met him at some
races, where he was on the
"Kill" as the Americans say:
but I had him behind the
bars before anyone was hurt
I dont [don't?] suppose we will ever
meet again. I wish I could
hear that you were quite
restored to health. But I am
hoping for that, as much
as anybody can
Since I last wrote to you
(addressed to [Willesden?]) I
have been once out of the
Barrack square, & that for
a few hours. I am still in
my old Billet, still at duty all
day, & still handling the dregs
of this population. Is it not
brilliant? And yet I am
content. I am so used to it
now, I would be lost at any
thing else. And if things some
times do get irksome & I
chafe under some little thing
I get right in five minutes
by thinking hundreds are
worse off than I am. And
so there are. When you got
home I hope you found them
all well; and I also hope
you enjoyed your visits.
When you are, if you ever do,
trying to kill time, let me
know how you are, for I am
anxious. With kind regards
to your people & love for
yourself believe me, my
dear Katie ever your affect.
[affectionate?] friend

Ernest Cochrane

"The Pig" sends his regards.
He is just as faithful