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222   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

steamer calied the Caroline, and bTacNab determined to capture it. Accordingly, after dark on December 29th, a few bold Canadians crossed the dangerous river to the wharf where the Caroline lav moored. They forced its crew ashore, set fire to the vessel. and towed it out into the current. For a tune it blazed up brightly, casting a red light on the rushing waters, then it sank suddenly, and all was black again. Colonel ATacNab was knighted

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for this exploit; but it caused a great outcry in the United States, and if England had not apologized for the deed there would probably have been another war between the two nations.

The rebels left N?avv Island after holding it for a month, for Sir John Colborne had sent up heavy guns from the St. Lawrence, and they knew that the woods,


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