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Canada's Mounted Police

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The special correspondent of the Lon don Times, who n;ide the Northwest tour with Lord Lorne, praises up the mountcd pólice, of whom (he says) it would bo difficult to speak too highly. Lord Lorne, always very keen in military matters since the days when he himself worked con amere in a volunteer artillery corps, and f oran amateur, therefore, anunusuallygood judge.pronounced them "as fine a troop as he ever saw." They are ludicrously underhanded for the ground they havo to cover, and the number of Indians and white men, often more unmanageable than Indians, whom they are expected to keep in order. They are 300, and the Indians may be counted by tens of thousands. Yet, if a crime be committed out on the prairie, a handful of mounted pólice seize the criminal, a chief it may be, surrounded by nis tribe, and carry him off to the nearest fort as cooly as a policeman would take up a ptskpocket in Cheapside. Jíot long ago some Cree chiefs, considering themselves aggrieved by the Government, seized upon some Government cattle passing through their territory, killing and eating three. Colonel Herschimer and six of his men happened to come to the place aimost the same day. They at once surnmoned the chiefs to surrender. The chiefs reí used, armed themselves and their immediate followers, and, as the pólice approached, fired a volley over, but pretty near, their heads, to intimídate them. Had the flre been returned the pólice, far outnumbered, would probably have been slain to a man; but, caluily relying on the ïnajesty of the law, they walked under the ballets right into the Indian camp, handcuffed three chiefs and carried them off, aniid loud protestations and threats, but no actual violence. A still more stnking case occurred quite recently among the Blaekfeet. One of the mounted pólice was murdered, shot in the back - by a young Blackfoot Indian, whose father had, or thought he had, a grievance against the government, and on his death-bed bequeathed the legacy of vengeance to his sou. The murderer at first escaped over the Arnericsn frontier, but, coming back, was taken by a small body of pólice from the very midst of his tribe, to whom he appealed in vain, though they cnew enough of English customs to know that he was being carried to leath. He is now in Fort MacLeod, to ' vliich we are on our way, and though ïis execution is a certainty, and the ilackfeet, many of them armed with Winchesters, are quite numerous and orerful enough to avenge - as they night have rescued - him, indeed, powrful enough to raise war, not the lightest apprehension is feit of their making any serious difflculty, or the governor general, I need scarcely say, would not be allowed to go among hem, except under the strongest proests from those responsible for his afety. The Indians know well that ïothing more than strict justice has been or will be done. What is perhaps till more curious than their submitting o the control of the pólice rather than esist it by force is that they volunarily make use of it themselves. If n Indian nowadays has his horse tolen, instead of going at once on the var-path, and trying to recover it himelf, together with the thief's scalp, he ppeals to the pólice and expects them o recover it, which they usually do. Diptheria is very p velant in Genessee Couny. In the township oï Gaines alone, 16 deatbs have oc:ured in one school dUtrict


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