I have obtained information for this post from Cornelius J. Jaenen's book Promoters, Planters, and Pioneers : The Course and Context of Belgian Settlement in Western Canada. Portions of the book published in 1976, have been made available on-line by the University of Calgary Press.
Charles Louis Van Brabant
Unfortunately, the recruitment of Belgians to Canada attracted promoters who made fraudulent claims and promises. One such individual was Charles Louis Van Brabant, a farmer in St. Alphonse. In 1897, Van Brabant, posing as an official agent for the Manitoba government, wrote articles for Belgian newspapers urging people to use his services to acquire land in Manitoba. He claimed that there were five hundred Belgian families in the St. Alphonse area when there were actually fifty. Van Brabant's misrepresentations were eventually exposed.
The covers shown below were presumably sent after Van Brabant's career as a "land agent" had ended. Both covers were addressed to a notary in Courtrai/Kortryk, Belgium.
Cypress River, to Courtrai, November 27, 1905
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Cypress River is a community about 25 km northwest of St. Alphonse
St. Alphonse to Courtrai/Kortryk, November 12, 1906
St. Alphonse, November 12, 1906