|dc.description.abstract||The aim of this dissertation is a study of rural social problems by examining general principles in their application to a definite local situation. Nothing of the kind has been done in this Province, so far as can be ascertained, except for a very detailed statistical survey made by Rev. J. M. Singleton, B.A. of Blaine Lake which accumulated figures rather than facts and simply provided data for such a study as is here proposed.
But while local conditions have received little attention the general provincial situation has not been neglected. Business institutions, Farmers' organizations and a very sympathetic Provincial Government have collected, classified and disseminated information on many subjects of value to the rural community - but always in the broadest and most general terms. Our province however has such a wide area and variety of soil, climate and population that conditions which prevail in one district may be directly reversed in the experience of people elsewhere. We shall therefore take the district of Ethelton and see how general agricultural problems of Saskatchewan can be dealt with there.||en_US