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Creating an interest in the betterment of waggon roads over the last 20 years. A movement for the better organization of the forces which were at work at that time upon the roads. What had to be done in order to make this happen. How roads were built, without assistance in any way from Provincial or Municipal monies. Doing honour to the men who built those roads through the forests of Ontario, at the same time clearing the farms and making homes for themselves and their children. The part played by the speaker in making, improving, and macadamising roads. Some results of his efforts. Legislation granted to farmers to aid them in building roads. Asking why it should be the duty of the farmers throughout the Province to make these roads. The appropriateness of a tax devoted to the improvement of roads even outside the cities and towns. The generous spirit in which the citizens of Toronto consented to contribute $100,000 of the $300,000 required for the scheme, thus assisting the farmers to carry out this work. What the improving of roads means, and what it brings to a community. Ways in which the bicycle was a wonderful instrument in favour of good roads, and how it caused people to think. The automobile, following closely on the heels of the bicycle. Discussion in the United States with regard to an automobile tax for the purpose of making special roads. Some main Provincial roads that the speaker has in mind, with details of costs and construction. The issue of road maintenance. The vital importance to have proper consideration of these issues of transportation. The need for the waggon roads to act as feeders to the railways, carrying millions of tons of produce which would swamp the carrying capacity of all the railways and canals of the country.