By Viola MacMillan
She used to be the 1st winning girl miner in Canada, most likely on the planet. She reworked the Prospectors and builders organization from a ragtag staff of rock lovers right into a national association of geologists, engineers, and different mining pros. She rose from her humble beginnings close to Bracebridge, Ontario, to turn into one of many country's wealthiest woman marketers and a member of the Order of Canada. and he or she used to be a key participant within the providence scandal of the Nineteen Sixties and suffered its unintended effects at the back of bars. Viola MacMillan was once a mining dynamo, a legend within the testosterone-driven, wheeling-dealing enterprise that's Canadian mining. during this rags-to-riches autobiography, MacMillan bargains a passionate account of her lifestyles within the bush, her upward thrust to status, and the setbacks she persisted alongside the best way. to place the tale in context, Virginia Heffernan presents a photograph of the Canadian mining in the course of MacMillan's heyday, together with the occasions that resulted in her prison sentence and eventual pardon. via vast interviews and study, Heffernan items jointly the backdrop to Macmillan's exciting existence tale.
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I was there, bright and early, and as we walked from his office to the elevator on our way to court, he told me his fee would be $50, and he apparently wanted it there and then, in advance. I told him I'd pay him at the end of the day, and I did, too. I wasn't sure I had that much money in my account, but I knew a storekeeper in Windsor who I was sure would lend me money with my furniture as security. I paid Kelso thousands and thousands of dollars in future years, because he was my lawyer from that day on.
Even then, if I smelt liquor on his breath I wouldn't go out with him that night. Oh, I guess I gave him a real hard time, but George was strong enough, and patient enough, to take it without losing any of his manliness. While I was going to the business college I would go back to the Rodds' from time to time to help Annie if they were having a party. And once, after I'd been in the college for about three months, Mrs. Rodd sent for me. I couldn't understand why, and my first thought was, my God, what have I broken?
And when I got up to go, he gave me a hug. He really did treat me like his daughter. M VIOLA MACMILLAN They were so kind, the Rodds, but I was always a very independent girl and I'm glad to say that I never needed to accept their help. I got my certificate from the college about eight or nine months after I had started there, and was lucky enough to get a job right away, over in Detroit. I'll always remember going to the interview, at a wholesale plumbing and hardware company. My heart sank when I saw that there were about eight girls in line ahead of me, looking very cool and elegant.