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The Romantic Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists The Pioneers of Manitoba   By: (1844-1931)

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(The Pioneers of Manitoba)



Of Winnipeg

President of the Royal Society of Canada, etc., etc.

[Illustration: THOMAS, 5TH EARL OF SELKIRK, The Founder of Red River Colony, 1812. From copy of painting by Raeburn, obtained by author from St Mary's Isle, Lord Selkirk's seat.]

Toronto The Musson Book Company Limited "Copyrighted Canada, 1909, by The Musson Book Company, Limited, Toronto."


Page. Chapter 1. Patriarch's Story 9 An Extinct Race. The Gay Frenchman. The Earlier Peoples. The Montreal Merchants and Men. The Dusky Riders of the Plain. The Stately Hudson's Bay Company.

Chapter 2. A Scottish Duel 33

Chapter 3. Across the Stormy Sea 44

Chapter 4. A Winter of Discontent 58

Chapter 5. First Foot on Red River Banks 69

Chapter 6. Three Desperate Years 80

Chapter 7. Fight and Flight 95

Chapter 8. No Surrender 107

Chapter 9. Seven Oaks Massacre 117

Chapter 10. Afterclaps 133

Chapter 11. The Silver Chief Arrives 142

Chapter 12. Soldiers and Swiss 152

Chapter 13. English Lion and Canadian Bear Lie Down Together 161

Chapter 14. Satrap Rule 170

Chapter 15. And the Flood Came 178

Chapter 16. The Jolly Governor 185

Chapter 17. The Oligarchy 194

Chapter 18. An Ogre of Justice 202

Chapter 19. A Half Breed Patriot 210

Chapter 20. Sayer and Liberty 216

Chapter 21. Off to the Buffalo 224

Chapter 22. What the Stargazers Saw 232

Chapter 23. Apples of Gold 239

Chapter 24. Pictures of Silver 256

Chapter 25. Eden Invaded 276

Chapter 26. Riel's Rising 284

Chapter 27. Lord Strathcona's Hand 291

Chapter 28. Wolseley's Welcome 300

Chapter 29. Manitoba in the Making 307

Chapter 30. The Selkirk Centennial 315

Appendix 320


The present work tells the romantic story of the Settlement of Lord Selkirk's Colonists in Manitoba, and is appropriate and timely in view of the Centennial celebration of this event which will be held in Winnipeg in 1912.

The author was the first, in his earlier books, to take a stand for justice to be done to Lord Selkirk as a Colonizer, and he has had the pleasure of seeing the current of all reliable history turned in Lord Selkirk's favor.

Dr. Doughty, the popular Archivist at Ottawa, has put at the author's disposal a large amount of Lord Selkirk's correspondence lately received by him, so that many new, interesting facts about the Settlers' coming are now published for the first time.

If we are to celebrate the Selkirk Centennial intelligently, it is essential to know the facts of the trials, oppressions and heartless persecutions through which the Settlers' passed, to learn what shameful treatment Lord Selkirk received from his enemies, and to trace the rise from misery to comfort of the people of the Colony.

The story is chiefly confined to Red River Settlement as it existed a unique community, which in 1870 became the present Province of Manitoba. It is a sympathetic study of what one writer has called "Britain's One Utopia."

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