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6. Commercial Bathurst.

Any account of Bathurst that did not give some prominence to its commercial life would be incomplete. Nature, undoubtedly, has done much to make its situation pleasant and its surroundings desirable; but it is not too much to assert, that whatever the place is, in addition to what it is naturally, is the result of the enterprise and foresight, the push and pluck, of its business inhabitants. Men of sterling qualities, of grit and of grip, pinned their faith to “the settlement” in its earliest days, and laid the foundations of many of those houses whose names have become “household words” throughout the State. Consequently, no apology is offered for presenting a few illustrations—and only a few can be presented here—of some of the foremost of these. It would be easy to fill pages with ordinary advertisements, which would give, perhaps, a better idea of the diversified activities of the city; for there are but few industries that are not represented in it. But that is not the object of this publication: its object is, rather, to indicate generally what Bathurst is like—giving the intending visitor sufficient to whet his desire, and leaving him to discover for himself, upon arrival, how complete its business resources are.

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