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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Page 9 now an No law before Moimties anachronism The 'M' in RCMP appears to have become an anachoronism. The Mounties were unmounted many years ago and placed in police cars. Now the force is in a bind when parades require an appearance on horseback. The Lethbridge subdivision has no horses, but will have to find some before members of the local subdivision go on parade July 15-20 at the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds. Sgt. Hank Coulter says finding horses isn't easy as it sounds, because the force looks only for black horses. Times have changed since the great trek of 1874. Mounties Continued from Page 2 clearly distinguishing them from the traders, the red coat had a tradition in itself. For something like 300 years, the British had used red as the outstanding feature on their military uniforms. Gradually, as white explorers spread through the New World, the red coat came to mean honesty, courage and square dealing to the Indians. But winning the faith of the Western natives all, on winning the faith of Chief Crowfoot, head of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Feelers were sent out and a series of successful meetings were held with lesser chiefs who went away convinced the -mounted men were their friends Finally, on Dec, 1, 1874, Crowfoot himself arrived at the fort. An atmosphere of suppressed excitement gripped the fort as the tall, lithe chief, carrying an eagle's wing to signify his high office, came face to face with Macleod, the assistant commissioner. There was a pause, then the two shook hands and greeted each other cordially. Continued from Page 4 Subsequently, the NWMP assumed responsibility for the maintenance of law and order and the exercise of general jurisdiction throughout the West. To meet the increasing demands, its strength was raised to 10 divisions and members who patrolled the West from posts at Regina, Maple- Creek, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Broadview, Moosomin, Whitewood, Fort Q'Appelle, Mountain, Shoal Lake, Prince Albert, Calgary, Edmonton, Battleford, Lethbridge, Fort Saskatchewan, Fort Macleod, Swan River and Chief Mountain. Across the Rockies, in response to complaints that Kootenay Indians were skirmishing with miners and settlers moving west on the Walla Walla Trail, Fort Steele was Have clean inside windshield In cleaning your windshield for that holiday trip, don't forget the inside. erected and NWMP jurisdiction was extended to the shores of the Pacific. Next came the North and the Yukon gold rush of 1895. To cope with the rush of hungry fortune seekers, the NWMP set up detachments at the Chilcoot and White Horse passes on the Alaskan boundary. A Yukon judicial district was established and, by 1898, a force of 254 men and 12 officers was working to impose order in the-North. The force pushed from there into the sub Arctic, establishing posts at Cape Fullerton, McPherson and Herschel Island in the early 1900s. In 1904, it was granted the prefix by King Edward VII in recognition of its services. And by 1911 it had become a Canadian symbol strong enough to share the guard of honor at the Coronation of King George V in London. With the coming of the First World War in 1914, the strength of the force stood at men. But, with- the need for soldiers overseas, the number was allowed to drop and by 1918, when the war ended, it had dwindled to only 303 men. After fighting ceased, the government boosted the force back to a permanent strength of men and assigned it to enforce dominion legislation for the whole of Canada west of Port Arthur and Fort William, now merged as Thunder Bay, Ont. Broadening govern- mental, soon made it obvious the enforcement of federal statutes throughout all of Canada must be made the responsibility of a country wide force. ON THE CENTURY CELEBRATION OF THE RCMP We Welcome You To The FORT (Recalling the History of The Old West) Plan to take in the Fort activities this summer. Located on the West Leg of Highway No. 3 Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. FORT MACLEOD, ALTA. HAVE A WONDERFUL VACATION THIS YEAR OUT MAKE SURE YOU RING 'EM ACK ALIVE! M-F Complete Travel Arrangements .AROUND THE WORLD brPjMs__ ftOnrms iTs USA Take out a Membership before leaving. Look what an AM A Membership entitles you to: ALL AVAILABLE AT Mptrts Trip MiKw_j CM wsjsirf Pta Mnv OHw IMMS AMA TRAVEL AGENCY 608 5th Ave. South Lethbridge t from any CAA or AfHHMv Club from COM! to Phone 328-1181 or 328-7921 ;