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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - May 6, 1972, Winnipeg, Manitoba Features WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1972 New Leisure Sportsman byC.RBARAGER The cooks will remember I was working up a recipe lor a sourdough rolled oats cake. After a dozen trial runs I believe it is ready to pass on. This cake has spice in it, so If you don't like spice in your baking you can omit it. Or, if you like your food really spicy, you may double the amounts. But keep them in the same proportions as given here to induce a balanced flavor. I, personally, feel that when rolled oats are used in baking, a bit of spice im- proves the flavor. SOURDOUGH ROLLED OATS CAKE 2 cups of brown sugar Scant Ib. of margarine 2 cups of sourdough 2 eggs beaten lightly 3 cups of quick oats y2 tsp. cinnamon tsp. allspice tsp. nutmeg tsps. of baking soda of a cup yellow corn flour of a cup white flour 1 cup of warm water. Cream margarine and sugar, add sourdough, rolled oats and eggs. Mix well. After the rolled oats have been added the batter should have a delightful sweet-sour taste. Sift in soda and spices with flour and stir until moisture is well taken up. Add the water and again stir well. Pour into a greased 9xl2-inch pan and bake in 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes. This is a large cake 50 it takes longer than normal to bake. I use an aluminum pan. Another type of pan may take a longer baking time. Don't try to cook it in too gmall a pan; better to use two single loaf bread tins. For best results, the water must be added last, and use a thick sourdough. The thickness of the culture will have a bearing on the exact amount of water to add. When the finished product comes from the oven, let it Cool, then serve in generous cuts spread amply with but- ter, honey or jam, or whatever you fancy. If this cake is kept in a plastic bag, it remains moist almost indefinitely. SHORT NOTES: A caller wanted to know the best bait for taking goldeyes. I told him, not in so many words, that goldeye fishing wasn't my cup of tea. I have fished for them using a bamboo pole with float and a single hook baited with angle worms. When you mention poles and floats for still fishing the reaction is usually one of surprise, but it can be a productive method when done from shoreline. In the absence of garden worms, I suggested a small artificial one might do the trick. Then my caller asked about minnows. I had never used minnows for goldeyes, but thought they might be worth a try and that a small Imitation fish lure in minnow size was worth a bet. I carry two or three in my tackle box and have had success with them on much larger fish. But, since I consider my experience limited when it jeomes to goldeyes, I consulted my next-door neighbors, Pete and Margaret Pearson who are the greatest authori- ties on fishing, I know. Pete told me they found grasshoppers to be the best. And the time to begin fishing for goldeyes was when the fishflies put in an appearance, sometime in June from then until fall. When I told them they had forgotten more about fish- Ing than most of us will ever know, Pete replied in his ever-ready humorous and pleasing Swedish accent, "Yeh, but the fish are still a heck of a lot smarter." And who doesn't agree to that at times! It Happened Here by EDITH PATERSON Naval Engagement On The Prairies 1883 The story of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 has been related many different times, in many different versions. But most accounts omit any mention of the Battle of the SS Northcote the naval engagement that took place on the prairies of what is now Saskatchewan. Two small paddlewheel steamers, the Northcote and the Marquis, had been brought from the North Saskatchewan River and were transporting men and supplies on the South branch. As described in official dispatches (from the Canada Gazette, July 11, Capt. H. Smith, commanding "C" Com- pany, Infantry School Corps, proceeded aboard the Northcote May 7 with the company numbering altogether 31, in- cluding two NCOs. Also aboard were several officers who were ill or who had been wounded at Fish Creek, including Lieut. Hugh J. Mac- donald, son of the prime minister; two doctors, a newspaper correspondent, sev- eral men of the supply and transport ser- vice headed by Col. Samuel Bedson and a few settlers returning to their homes under the protection of the military. The idea was to proceed down river toward Batoche and on the morning of the 9th to support Gen. Frederick Midd- leton's attack on the post with a surprise attack from the river. But as the steamer approached the appointed spot, a shot from shore showed that the sur- prise element had failed. The "war" correspondent's report ap- peared in The Free Press a few days later: The first shot was evidently a signal to the rebels of the boat's ap- proach and as she rounded the bend a moment or so later she was raked fore and aft with a fierce stream of bullets from either side. From al- most every bush rose puffs of smoke and from every house and tree top the bullets came buzzing. The fire was steadily returned by the troops on board As we approached the pretty little church of St. Antoinc de Padua, a horrifying spectacle met the gaze A man, presumably one of the pris- oners, was dangling by the neck from the branch of an almost limb- less tree, a victim of the rebels. Near at hand the enemy, running swiftly, kept pace with our progress. Several mounted men, evidently lead- ers, were directing their movements. A few volleys quickly dispersed them to their hiding places where they continued the battle in their custom- ary bush-fight manner. They completely riddled the steamer with bullets, but it being strongly bulwarked with supply cases on the boiler deck where the men were standing, our casualties were very light. Just above Batoclie the rapids commence and a boulder- covered sandbar juts out into the stream, leaving a narrow channel on the western side, the head of which is a sharp bend, and around which the boat had to run with her nozzle almost on the bank. It was there that the firing be- came terrifically hot, from a favora- bly located ravine in which tJie rebels were hidden. The rapids were passed safely, notwithstanding that the pilot was totally unacquainted with the river, and the heavily laden barges handicapped the men in han- dling the steamer In a few moments the crossing was reached and in passing it the ferry cable caught the smoke stack which came down on the hurricane deck, bringing with it the spars and the mast. Our misfortune elicited cheers from the Metis, mingled with fiendish war whoops of the Indians. The cable, which was strung from the upper banks, was lowered just as we reached it, the intention of the rebels being to corral the steamer Very fortunately this scheme failed, but only by the merest chance, for the cable caught in the pilot house. It barely missed the wheelsman, who. exposed to the enemy fire, might have been shot down and the steamer rendered help- less. It was successful, however, in cutting off our communication with Middleton by a code of prearranged signals previously arranged, the whistle being carried away by the pipes. Just then the steamer, to avoid two large boulders, was al- lowed to swing around and floated down the stream stern foremost for a while. One barge barely grazed the bank and the boat could have been boarded by the rebels were it not for the steady fire which our men poured into them. A withering fire was still maintained from the rifle pits which the enemy had dug at different places and this was continuously re- turned until nine o'clock when the rebels' fire was silenced save for a stray shot or so. We had run the gauntlet. But the little paddlewheeler's troubles were not over yet. She anchored about five miles below Batoche and repairs were started, although the rebels' firing began again. Finally the smoke stack was fixed and other repairs made and it was decided to return up the river. Unfortunately, at this juncture, the lit- tle steamboat ran out of wood and drift- ed helplessly down river for about 10 miles, where she anchored for the night. A later dispatch stated that Batoche had fallen anyway and the two steamers were busy again ferrying troops across the river and taking wounded to Saska- toon. And so ended the naval engage- ment on the prairies! Among those who took part in putting down the rebellion of 1885 were the Win- nipeg Field Battery, the 90th Winnipeg Rifles, the Winnipeg Troop of Cavalry, the 91st and 92nd Winnipeg Light In- fantry, Boulton's Mounted Infantry (very smart in their white helmets, brown duck shooting jackets, corduroys and French's Scouts, Battleford Rifles, Steel's Scouts, Battleford Scouts, Moose Mountain Scouts, Yorkton Militia Corps, Alberta Field Forces, St. Albert Mounted Rifles, Rocky Mountain Rangers, and the North West Mounted Police, all from the West. More than men came from East- ern Canada, from as far away as Halifax, both regular forces and militia. (Copyright 1972)
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