Winnipeg—An unlucky squaw—A contrast—Fort Osborne Barracks—Accepted—A
reminiscence—The ups and downs of life—Off to Regina—The journey West.
Extent of the North-West Territory—Regina—The Barracks —An
expedition—Quarters and comrades.
Organization of N.W.M.P.—General fatigue—Indian Summer —Cold—Provost
guard—Prisoners—Escape of Sioux— The Broncho—All sorts and conditions of
men—Horse-thieves—Pay—Fever—The irate doctor.
Winter—Volunteers for Saskatchewan—Jumpers and moccasins—To
Qu'Appelle—Intense cold—A model hotel— Tent pegs or beefsteaks ?—A
The bear—Touchwood Hills—A native gentleman—The great salt
plains—Sixty-two below zero—Played out—A rest—Humboldt—Timber
Leave Hoodoo—Manitchinass Hill—A splendid view—Our Christmas dinner—Batoche—The
South Saskatchewan —Duck Lake—Fort Carlton.
Carlton to Prince Albert—Frozen wheat—A digression—A splendid grazing
country—" Johnnie Saskatchewan's " palace—Brick barracks—Freedom of
social life—A look round.
1885—Inspection—Our surroundings—Clear Sky Land— Rabbits and lynx—Easy
routine—A whisky desperado— Precious snow—North-West liquor
law—Curling—Skating —Dog trains—An Indian swell—Mother Smoke—Night
picquet—A night scene—Night thoughts.
An unwelcome prisoner—Riel busy—Seditious meetings— Threats—The Metis—Louis
David Riel—A prophet—A council of State—The provisional government—A new
religion — Red Tape — Urgent despatches — Carlton strengthened—A
convenient eclipse—Arrival of arms— The volunteers—Scouts—A man who
wanted gore—A meddling official—The rebellion inaugurated—Officials
imprisoned—A Batoche farce—Arrival of Colonel Irvine —Frostbite—Snow
Colonel Irvine departs—The fight at Duck Lake.
Prince Albert after the fight—Settlers summoned together— • Church
fortified—Scenes within the stockade—Exalted warriors—Inside the
church—A sortie for grub—Aflutter in the dove-cot—The burning of Fort
Carlton—A retreat —An excited Scotchman and an astonished parade—A false
Dreary days—Defence organized—Strange weapons of war— Patriots—An
arrival—Bad news—Battleford burnt—A fighting rig—Dead
disfigured—Fighting corrals— Rumours—A sortie and a countermarch—Ice
breaks up —Frog Lake massacre—Retreat from Fort Pitt—Leave barracks—Fish
Creek—A Jingo Bishop—The Zoo— Battle of Batoche.
Battle of Cut-Knife Creek—Painted horses—Capture of transport—General
Middleton enters Prince Albert— " Gophers "—An invidious
comparison—Martial music— Saskatchewan steamers—Departure of troops—A
strange coincidence—Pursuit of Big Bear—Hot weather—Mosquitoes—Fish—Big
Bear captured—Return of Green Lake column.
Troops homeward bound—Big Bear goes to Regina—Mutual Admiration
Society—A good word for the police—Esprit dc corps—Sioux teepes—Squaws
bathing—Riel sentenced —Indian summer—The verge of the
wilderness—Goodbye to Prince Albert—Batoche bush-fires—A pleasant camp—A
chorus of coyotes.
Humboldt—A strange caravan—The salt plains again—The springs—An
unpleasant situation—Indian camp—Children—An Indian masher—Fire bags—A
game preserve —An early reveille—Skunk Bluffs—Qu'Appelle—Lord
Lansdowne—Cigars—An Indian legend — Harvest-Prairie fires—Pieapot's
reserve—The great prairie— Regina—A change—Leave of absence.
Louis Riel in prison—The guard-room—Guard increased— Riel doomed—Duty
heavy—New organization—Mud and rain—A way to take up land—A
contretemps—Riel's politeness—His devotions—Apologia pro vita sua—A
prophet—Pere Andre—Riel sane—St. Peter appears to Riel—An early
breakfast—Exercise—The scaffold— Patrol—The execution.
A miserable guard—Grand rounds—Riel's grave—Winter— 1886—A
ball—Blizzards—Their power—Electric storms— Fatalities—Newspaper
amenities and fibs—Fort Macleod —Calgary—Alberta—A garden—God's
country—Chinook winds—Spring—Usual rumours—Leave Regina— Moosejaw—A
festive camp—Easter Sunday—Out on the desert—Old Wives
Life at Wood Mountain—Unseasonable snow—Delights of roughing it—A
capture—Gros Ventre Indians—Dirt— The old fort—Dust—Short rations—Fine
weather— Patrols—Heat—A stampede—Antelope and sage hens— A sandhill
crane—A primitive meal for a hungry man— Indian spies—Sign language—On
sentry—Dawn—Gambling—Field-days—Indian graves—A ranche—Cowboys —A
suggestion on dress—" Toughs"—Indian depredation and a skirmish.
Bird life—Fireflies—Prairie fires—A surprised broncho— Sioux
Indians—Indian treaties—Reserves—Agents—A Sioux beauty—Sweet grass—A
lonely view—Thunderstorms—Hay-Spear grass—Winchester carbines—A mail
March from Wood Mountain—Springs frozen—Willow Bunch —Dangerous
descent—Alkali Lake—No water—Big bluffs—A huge camp fire—Intense
cold—Sufferings— Frostbites—An accident—The mirage—New riding-school
—The cowboy troop—1887—A blizzard—Drills—Blood Indians—Crees—An Indian
march—"Kinneekinick"— Indian religion—Handshaking—Pipe of peace—Squaws
—A Sioux lady—"Medicine"—Police fired on by Piegans —Kootenay Indians—Shuswaps.
Wet weather—A sudden order—Off to the Souris—Mud—A caboose—Broadview—A
big spill of whisky—Moosomin —The Big Pipestone valley—Indians on the
trail— Travoies—A lovely camp—Cannington—Moose Mountain
—Game—Carlyle—Indian deserters—The sun dance— Initiation of braves—The
Life on the Souris—Flies—Mud turtles—A lovely scene— Thunderstorms and
cyclones—A tent scattered—Man lost —A cloud of mosquitoes—A narrow
escape from drowning—Saved by a comrade.
Off to Wood End—Hill of the Murdered Scout—Crees and
Blackfeet—A-storm—Long Creek—A happy valley—Wild fruit—A Helena girl and
culture—Patrols—Wild horses —Wild hops—Prairie fire—Winter quarters—The