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WAR WITH THE UNITED STATES.   181

It happened that there then lived at Queenston a brave woman named Laura Secord. She was the wife of a militia-man, who had been sorely wounded in the Battle

of Queenston Heights, and was the

daughter of a Loyalist who gave his name to the town of Ingersoll. This lady overheard some American officers, who had demanded a meal, discussing their plans, and she determined to warn F'itzGibbon, as her husband could not. Accordingly, she rose very early in the morning, dressed herself (according to the tradition) in a

brown cotton dress, dotted with COL. JAMES FFITZGIBBON. pink, and a pair of shoes with The Hero of Beaver Dam. silver buckles, and, leaving her little children in their beds, asked the American sentries to let her pass to visit a sick brother at St. David's. They made no objection to

her going, and it was after leaving St. David's that her troubles began. The Americans held all the roads, so she was forced to go through the woods, in which she was sadly afraid of losing her way or coming upon one of the dreaded rattlesnakes that were often seen in those days. To make matters worse, there had recently been much rain, and all the little streams were swollen, and some of

The heroine of Beaver Dam. the forest paths were almost impassable. She lost her shoes in the mud, but all the long hot day she travelled on, and at dusk, after a walk of twenty miles, she came suddenly on a band of Indians.

LAURA SECORD.

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