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The order also stated that Bodwell represented the GTP and acted under its instructions. It gave the lawyer nine months to obtain a formal commitment from the GTP; otherwise the entire property would revert to the government. For a terminus property larger than that of the CPR in Vancouver, the company paid only $10,000. 42 Documents in the GTP corporate records allow us to adumbrate some of the immediate consequences of the purchase. 2 GTP land acquisitions for Pacific terminus, 1904-8 and securing the terminus, the company undertook to pay Larsen a bonus of $55,000.
In July 1905, in Bodwell's Victoria office, agents of the two interests came together, compared the lots claimed, and divided them into two packages of equal size for selection by flip of a coin. One package contained the mainland lots facing Galloway Rapids and the two islands. The other included a large mainland lot, Lot 446, south of Kaien Island through which a line hugging the coast must traverse. G. 45 For a payment to Larsen of $26,510, less than $ 17 per acre, the company had acquired the first suburbs for its terminus.
Sooner, he facilitated the GTP acquisition of terminus land at Kaien Island. 28 A Thousand Blunders From the company's negotiations with the province for a general land grant, we must now turn to the first phase of its acquisition of terminus land. 32 This was necessary because an Indian reserve on the west side of the island placed the company's desired terminal land under federal as well as provincial jurisdiction. The outcome of these two transactions would determine in large part the fortunes of the railway company in British Columbia.
A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia by Frank Leonard