|Title: Que [sic] for land at Dominion Lands Office, Lethbridge, Alberta.Date: May 1 1912 File number: NA-3092-3|
|William Pearce LandSurveyingHistory|
"The 'habitable house' was a shack that could be put on a wagon and drawn any place, one shack would do duty for a dozen different applications for patent [...] for cultivation [,] stock to the value of a few hundred dollars was substituted. A homesteader would purchase a small band of stock up to the requisite amount, and give his note for it. After he obtained his recommendation for patent, his note becoming due, the holder of the note took the stock back. The same stock would do to prove title by homestead right to any number of quarter sections." (Martin, 406)
Land companies and individual speculators thus proved Martin right in his assessment of the difficulty in enforcing land policies. It seems that for the land speculator, such rules were made to be broken.