Canada: Up from Furs

More frontier adventure is packed into the corporate history of the Hudson's Bay Co. than into all of Kenneth Roberts' novels. In the course of its 292 years existence, "the Bay" has fought shooting wars with the French over fur trapping in Eastern Canada, and tussled with the U.S. over the Oregon Territory. To look at the remodeled Winnipeg warehouse that is the company's operating headquarters, or to listen to its board of directors ceremoniously called to order in London as ''the Annual General Court of the Governor and Company of Adventurers...