Chapter 1: H.T. Irving's Proposition
January 1st, 1836
The story begin as most must, for there is indeed a great many great that happened at this wonderous date, For it seems somthing is always beginning here and this story is no exception. Many years have passes since we've last heard of the Scotians and the Yankees with their fledgling cousin, New York.
So our story begins again in a room, in a stone building, on a street near a harbour. It could be any street in any harbour but it was not. It was Halifax Harbour and the street was Lower Water, and the room was the person office of H.T. Irving, A respectible buisness man of lean proportions. Mr. Irving was one individual who had recently come into favour with the King's Legislature, the governing body for the New Scotland Provinces.
Mr. Irving stood up, after giving ample time to speculation of his motives, and address the assembled men of great importance. "Gentlemen" he began "First and formost, God save the King" "God save the king" returned the men of great importance. Irving continued "As you may know, the bloody wars in Europe are offically over, and I assume much that they will be ancient history and will never been seen again. We have entered a more civilized time now that His Royal Highness and Parliment have chosen to do away with Slavery" This was recieved with a hearty "Hurrah!" "And with this new and exciting time, comes new and exciting ways! Yes sirs, Nova Scotia must undertake certain tasks if she is to survive against rampant Yankee Colonialism into the Western lands!" at this a large man with a great blonde beard and the great distinction of an eye patch to cover a gift from his beloved navy. His name was Richard Murphy, A military man and a vetern of Bonaparte's Wars and the War of 1812. He was indeed the physical incarnation of Jove as he enjoyed a great appitites for Laugher, Beer and Food. Great Mr. Murphy, if a little short sighted replied "Then we'll move westward too!" this was met with a mixed sort of odd looks and muffled laughter, for you see, the west of Nova Scotia was controlled by the British, who would look very unkindly to the Scotians moving in and annexing their lands. No, It was best to allow the King's men to expand as they see fit. Irving continued his speech "This brave new word is one of buisness! A you see gentlemen, buisness is run by Industry, so I propose the creation of an Industrial Council to promote the Industrialization of our brave colonial nation!"
After a quick and heated discussion on Irving's propistion for the Maritime peoples of Scotia they came to an accordance "Good Mr. Irving," The speaker was a man of his late sixties and known to every Scotian of the Capital as the Honourable Sir Charles Heath, The King's repersentitive on the Legislative Council, and the equivilent of an American President. "I find it fit to give my approval to your motion. Help me make this a most modern state." And at that the men of great importance retired from their short discusion regarding the future.
Outside the Office, H.T. Irving was accosted by the honerable Mr. Murphy "My good and dear friend" Richard's Jovial voice boomed "You did not discuss everything that is on your mind! You may be able to fool them with your fine theatrical skills but look! I can see it yet in your eyes!" Irving made a guesture to dismiss his energetic's friend's words "That is because, my friend, the words that remain would shock them out of the proposal all together, on a course that was anti-industrial in nature, and we would all be doomed!" "Doomed? Why is that?" "Because the world is a very different place. We are a proud people and set in our ways and I am afraid we are too arrogant to set things right before it is too late. We must change now, as all things do, or we will be over run." "All things? Are you suggesting that one day Great Britiain and the King's Union Jack will one day not be the greatest nation and the grandest flag?" was Murphy's haughty inquiry "Surely not!" was the reply "but even though we bested the Yankees in the last good war, that matters not. The age of wars is over and the age of Industrial power is begun: That is the next frontier on which conflict will arise! Industry! And our mortal enemies have the leg up on us!" At this the large man was shocked "Sir, you cannot be serious!" "Unfortunatly, My friend, I am. On top of that the world see them as a sort of land of opertunity which will trigger a population boom we will have a hard time controlling." but Murphy looked still puzzled and frowned "But this would not hold them back in the creation of new industries, If anything It would Sir Heath would be motivated by this news! Let us tell him!". But before he could move to the door, Irving siezed his arm "That is not all friend. We must abandon the sail" and at this Murphy was absolutly in shock "Good Sir! Have you gone mad? Would you too abandon God, King and Country? The Sea is our life! How can we abandon her now!" "We will not abandon the sea, but the 'wooden wall of England' is not the way of the future" "If not then what?" "Sir, Are you are a sailor and your father and his father I can understand your reluctance but allow me to suggest the 'Steel Wall of New Scotland'." "Steel Ships!? Prepostorous!" "I have a friend who assures me it is not so. Think of this: They already have Steam Ships in the glorious motherland, like Steam Engines, these will only increase in power with time. Eventually they will make a steam ship so powerful it will be able to push entire islands around the globe and we can then buy cities from other countries with our Industrial Dollar!" Mr. Murphy gasped at this "Incredible! You must introduce me to such savants! If I kept their company prehaps I would gain some sagely knowledge as you! Fine, it is good then, We will use mighty steam engines to make the Yankees quiver! Even if only at our capacity for trade!" "That's the spirit! But we must keep hushed on such matters! We musn't spring the trap before its made" and on that the two friends swore to keep quiet on the whole affair regarding steam ships.
On January 10th, 1836 the Industrial Council of Nova Scotia was offically created. It was composed of Ten Men including the Honerable H.T. Irving and oversaw the creation of new Factories in the Provinces of Nova Scotia (which were Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and New England) and by January 10th 1837 they had already finished the construction of a factory of Machine parts and a factory for Steel.
THE NEW YORK-YANKEE-SCOTIAN BOARDER OF 1936