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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lctlibridge Daily Herald Saturday, March GRAPHIC STORY OF THE BATTLE OF DUCK LAKE Twenty-five Years Ago To-day the Kiel Rebellion Opened Fiercest Fight of all Told by a Participant When within about a intle ol' Duck on sticks and twigs planted in the Writ ten for die Herald by William Laurie, of Cai'dston, Aliirch twenty-fivo -yours ago to-day and yet it scorns but yesterday tliat we were in Uie midst of those Bill-ring events which went to make up ihe North-West Rebellion. .And 1 was fortunate enough to have "been on the spot as a war correspond- ent when the first, shot was fired in timi little war that showed that Can- ada was a nation and that her sons for Frvine had arived ficiently so to hide the mounted menlthere was a lull in the firing, and Cor- J from our sight, while the other ran j old Davidson, along behind a fence surrounding ajnow an inspector in the force__a vet- field in front of and to the rfght of us.1 Our horses were unhooked and taken to the while Capt. Morton, who bravely me-t his death that day, with a shout of "Prince Albert Volunteers, this led his men up the fence at our end of the field. In the meantime Crozier had met the party from the enemy's camp, who greeted him with 'the inquiry: "What do you want To this question he replied with an- witb his hands lied by specific or- ders from Middleton to act only on the defensive, no matter what happened. bullet graze in the thigh while he sat swearing at his Winchester which had jammed after his second shot and was unworkable, So there you have the story of -the Duck Lake as I saw it, and let me: tell you right here that it was'the hottest thing in the whole campaign. No man in the fighting line can see much more than what happens right under his nose, for he is too much engrossed in what is going on about him -to pay much attention to other details, and in- deed he could not do so and not neg- lect his own duty. It was not a victory for we returned without carrying out our object, yet it was not a defeat as we were neiiner driven back nor pur- sued, but were called off, by our com- manding ofi'cer to avoid losing precious lives in endeavoring to do what he realized was impossible. As I indi- cated before, if our officers' hands had not been tied with orders from be- eran or ;the first Boer war__sprang on ll seemed to the general opinion low, there would doubtless have been top or one of tlie sleighs'and those who should know that the ja much shorter history of the rebel- his cap m the air, led The men in three would be B0 with lion to write, although I read one book hearty British cheers. Had it not fear at the lengths to wn5cl1 they had' purporting to give the omy true and been "for the depth of the snow, which' gone dread Eor the consequen' on the hillside of 'rhe sulphorous smell tother. caused by the profanity of disappoint- ed men. We had not been back many minutes, however, and the teams were not yet unhooked, when Crozier, who selves prisoners. In vain did Mr. Me-'had held a hurried council of war y reason and expostulate with Ilis brother officers, again gave mont and his followers, pointing out to them the foolishness of defying the au- thority of.the law ,the only reply he could obtain being a repetition of the demand to surrender. Precisely the viting all loyal settlers to congregate same tactics were resorted to at the in Carlton for protection. Ammunition and Oats When the people came in from Duck time of the Poundmaker trouble thr summer before. The police were the word of command to take the road tor Duck Lake, an anouncement which "Who are be demanded. An- Indian, who was one of the party made answer, "We are Indians and half-breeds." Crozier's next question "And what do you Tlte any-v.-i 'o :Iiis question nn reply. away from the beaten trail was fully two' feet in depth, and' soft that, making forward movements practically impossible, we could have and would, have charged there and them and I verily believe that had we done so the rebels would have run' and rhe re- tfle fisht tlie half-breeus Had'Kept ces, that they would be nerveless and cowed and not disposed to seriously venture on a second skirmish; and af- ter the 'trouble was all over and the prisoners were released, I was told By authentic account of the troubles of '85 which disposed of our share of it in eight lines; Mr. Lash that for three days after bellion would have been over- Ordered to Hook Up. Concluding thai as mattrs were, it was only a question of time till we j fully not even a scout or a for the punishment they felt certain would come. Pathetic Scenes' Arnold died shortly after midnight, should all be killed or wounded' Croz- tl I 7 !the last he said to the comrade jier reluctantly gave the order to hook i up, which was done, the cursing the luck which forced tliem to watching at his bedside being, "Tell was greete with the "You had better go was all I think I ever heard. We had the Indian said. and got outside of the stockade, though, when we heard the crisp word of coin I The First Shot. Apparently thf Hag of 'truce had on- mand, which sec us wondering been sajn'.tlme untn ro. what it meant this time, and no one I themselves in it meant HUB tuuc, iiu one i i i i ,i nTvi- I When the people came in from Duck ed .and every approbrious epithet in mado ,anv- -utempt to smoMier his ho'ic themaelv Lake, where there was a grist mill and the Cree language-ami -their name it was nm Uie f0rerunner'of .'inltion- for lllis not a general store they brought word that legion-was showered upon them, the of BntorTArico -rh, Gnemy coultl seen sav ot over a ton of ammunition, both fixed and loose, beside many tons of oats, of which the police had out few, had loft en told by the admirers of the In- been left behind as they were unable jdian character, that they cannot swear to transport them. Scouts were their native tongue. They were out day and night, and on the night of taunted, I say, and jostled and even at- the 25'cv. of March, or rather the were made to disarm some of abandonmeiu of the enterprise. The cree language being replete xv.tli thelmorning had slipped by and u now vilest names, even though, as we are nearly noon> aml of early morning of the 26th, a native scout whose integrity was considered above suspicion brought in word that them in 'the hope that one of the wea- pons might accidently be. discharged and thus lend a color of justification Gabriel Dumont with about thirty men, j to-the such they now were had established an outpost in the abun- an appeal to arms. Having comf doneri buildings at Duck Lake while [to the conclusion that matters were the main body of rebels was still at j serious, Stewart sent one of his mount- Batoche. As this was the first en- croachment by the malcontents be- ed men back to Carlton to report his predicament while he determined to yornl the immediate vicinity of their !35r. tight and await developments. Still dozen men staggering under loads of bread fresh from 'the oven showed that some one had recollected that we might be hungry, before our twenty- four mile drive was over. Passing down the line, they detached and threw loaves into each sleigh and in a few minutes were again on the move, each individual' munching a piece of steaming bread. Our progress for the first seven or eight miles was uneventful. Advance guards were thrown out riding in twos at. such in- tervals, notwithstanding the rolling nature of the country any two riders men conversing with our commanding The sky had become over- cast and snow began to the fine dry snow Hint is usual in our western winters, bin those large beau withdraw. As soon as the breeds re- alized what we were doing they seem- ed to find fresh courage, and soon be- a furious fusilade, in the course of which r remember Capt. Core (who lost bis Alex. McNabb and Mark- ley, were shot When I raised from myi kness where I bad been firing, Iwas somewhat star- tled to find that, my nearest neighbor, a man named Anderson, belonging to Carlton, was lying cold and stiff, his afternoon poor George Garrett, just af- ter giving a message for bis mother, looked up in his face, whispered, "Kiss me, and slipped away, and we buried them that evening on the banks of the Saskatchewan. Among the other wounded were A Roll of Honor The boys who took part in that are scattered and many of them are dead. Crozier died a few years ago in Oklahoma, Dr. Miller shot himself in Battleford 'in SS, Billy Brooks died some years ago in astern and Rummer- field died in the (typhoid epidemic of 'SG, George Buck died in Manitoba, Monty's' horse fell on him and killed him in Prince Albert, "Wally" Morrow- was accidently shoe in Bactlelford, "Dutchy" MiUer was murdered in Seat- tle, Lawrence Clarke has been dead these twenty years, old Tom G-ilchrist fell dead'in Regina barracks in 'SG, Capt. Moore is buried in Ireland, Howe in Macleod, and Alf Mountain died, in Lethbridge Hospital ten years Charley Xewett, of Prince Albert, shot ago. There are doubtless others who in tho knee and crippled for life, little We gone to their reward, but whose Manners-Smith, shot in the chest, Sid Wines I cannot recall, besides per- Gordon, in both thighs, a' policeman others among those of whom J named Wood, in the arm, and .Joe j have lost trace in these past years rifle Ughtly grasped in his deadMiands j a few years ago at Macleod and a bullet hole in his cheek, indicat- t.iful crystals so well known in how he had met his death. He eastern provinces, and seen in this i had never groaned or struggled and country as a rule just before a thaw. doubt if he oven knew what s-im-k aml which created such a refractior Mm that the eyes wore dazzled antf wo our horses plunging and floun- could see bin dimly what was going on jdering- in the deep snow, we slowly and Just as the remark last recorded was. laboriously pulled back on the trail same Supt. Howe who died -in the calf of the leg, (and notwithstanding his wound, he pluckily rode home in the saddle with his riding-boot full of Alex Stewart'Tvas wounded'in the? chest and old Davy bcoct got a spoken, went a and a little puff of smoke away on our told whenci1 it came, whilst a tiny laboriously pulled back on the trail and headed for Carlton, but not amat- ive was in sight. However, as one of the rearguard, a Scotchman, named stream of blood trickling down MacDonald, was about to mount his headquarters, it was considered advi- U.e breeds maintained their -threaten-1 could at aU timeg 5ee thep.lir jn front L1 iU liirtKO an in- mounted on a pony, dash out as though ,l.i1-'-.- not Report to Crozier ji" whole party there were six who In the meantime tho policeman sent bad ever before hoard given in Hi. a pity bo oil an- tbo natural pasturage could ford any relief to thc drain nr> rno for- :ige supplies, which made tin; of the oat.s a matter of uiivosr i-r- portance. "Bull" Stewart I Accordingly, at an early hour o-i the morning of Thursday, the of Mnrcb, Sergt. Alf. Stewart "" Stewart, as he is familiarly to all a party of i four men .iu--l uiih eight, or ton team? were son' oiif. tn Lako, no one except Mio on guard and those concerned in iiig the ordors being aware of their de- i with a request tor assistance had nr- the words of command rivetl :lt tho fort, and reported to Major ,i, the clear frosty air of want ;o tell you that the sensations Crozier. who immediately had "the as-..March morning. "With ball cartridge sembly" sounded and every it came, and "click, went police and in tbe square brooch block of the Snider or tho in short order, the enlisted men with j lever of the Winchester, as a cartridge their Winchesters and regulation equip pumped from the magazine into ment, special constables from chamber. Albert with the old Sniders-that had! Tiie two men composing the most done dury in 'the reneillion of 'M, and advanced pair of the mounted mcn the others with any old ihing in a policeman named Street (the shape of a weapon they could lay; same Jack Street who lost his life in a their hands on. As for myself, I bad; snow slide in tho mountains near Koo- just over tho t boon served out with an old Snider! ten ay Lake a low years then but carbine such as had been discarded byilittlo more than a lad, and a civilian the police when the Winchesters wore I named Stewart from Prince Albert. the rifles from both forces-, and for Ciller, who was riding in. few moments i; seemed ns same sleigh :hat I did. happened; there were no casualties, And here I to off nis rap for some reason 1lp round hole in the' solf and slioi stood. Fusilade Begins. Bang! Iliing: Bang! became him so lho lniHol ,m.j f.rruck hjm .H'lyback 10 high in forehead where tho skull i ho bad boon spokesman, rounds back, and had danced up, spar- Kay, and endeavored TO j ing his misenbU: life. Wh from its holster, j lna, study's hullo; had no: his by a quick backward inch lower! intorpretor drew it. him- A Close Call i Tho return in arc; i was unovonrful and do void of startling incident, t romom- i bor. i.lionjrii a policeman be redskin where be known ns pp.rienced when under fire for the first frmu' anr1 turning it round discovered Spring: Overcoats Eight artistic the stately "Governor Paddock11, 50 inches the smart %-j little- only 36 inches In finish every essential of fine work- manship these Fit-Reform spring Overcoats have no equals in Canada at any price. time are The idea, of being hit never seems to occur to one, but the one idea seems to be how ;o hit the other follow. Hidden in the val- ley or swale as the half-brods were, we could soe nothing but hats and op or the snow, and we all tried our best to puncture ihe heads beneath them, tint, alas? for our inexperience, the hats were set up a corresponding one in tho back. In! amazement be leaned forward and I pointing to the !op of his head, "Am li wounded, Laurie." and sure enough there was a furrow just scalp deep! ploughed -ihe fnl I length of nis heart. The RoJI-Call We reached Carlton shortly afrorj four o'clock in tbe afternoon and then came to mo what was the most pain- 14 :KELVIE McGUIRE Sole Agents tar ;