Matthew Rader

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What I Want To Say Goes Like This

In 1911, Sun Yat Sen visited the Chinese settlement on Perseverance Creek in the coal mining town of Cumberland, British Columbia  on Vancouver Island in order raise money for the overthrow of the Chinese emperor. By 1913 the entire coal field on Vancouver Island was in the midst of a two year long strike/lockout that saw the deployment of the Canadian militia to keep the peace. Later, in the summer of 1918, the labour activist Albert Goodwin was murdered by special police in the mountains outside of Cumberland and a long parade of over a thousand mourners-cum-protestors carried his casket to the cemetery at the ouskirts of town. In 1947 the Pamir, a German ship named after the Pamir Mountains, the ancient world's source of lapis lazuli, became the last ship to carry Cumberland coal by sail from the colliery wharf at Union Bay. Today the mountains are full of trees and clouds and snow. Connect them. 

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