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In March of 1870 a meteorite hit near Halifax, Nova Scotia - near the opening of the Bedford Basin. As reported, it brought with it some strange occurrences, which were seen as far as New Brunswick. This phenomena would have passed over Sackville too (where Fenerty lived). Since few meteorites have ever hit Canada, and none ever to hit Nova Scotia (known), this would have been much talked about. It's likely that Fenerty's poem, To a Meteorite, was about this one. The poem takes you on a journey through space; wondering where the meteor came from.
The Halifax Citizen; March 19, 1870
  Tell one thy history thou mysterious thing
Born of the rolling spheres!
Tell me the story of thy wandering
Through time’s uncounted years!
Around the same time another meteorite was making headlines, it was called The Iron Creek Meteorite. The 386 pound meteorite (over 91 percent iron), is said to be Canada's largest. Struck many years before it was found, it is believed to have been moved from Strawstack Hill to Victoria Mission around 1866. It is certain that W. F. Butler saw it in the mission yard in 1870. Butler's account was the first one to reach the general public mentioning the reverence in which it was held by the Indians: "No tribe or portion of a tribe would pass in the vicinity without paying a visit to the great medicine... The old medicine men declared that its removal would lead to great misfortunes, and that war, disease and death of buffalo would afflict the tribes of the Saskatchewan." (Sir. W. F. Butler, The Great Lone Land, p. 304). Eventually these things did happen to the tribe. The meteorite is on display at the Alberta Museum. It's not known which meteorite Fenerty wrote this poem about, but it's likely it was one of these two, placing the date he wrote it in 1870.
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