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282   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

was said, by a great invasion of Canada, but it never took place; and when, a week or two later, a few Fenians crossed the boundary into New•.. Brunswick, they fled as soon as they heard that troops were advancing to meet theirs.

Ridgeway.   In another quarter there was a more serious

raid. In the early summer nine hundred Fenians crossed the Niagara River and took possession of the village of Fort Erie, tearing up the railway tracks and cutting the tclegrapli iyires in the neighbourhood. A few regular soldiers and several companies of the " Queen's Own " and other volunteers were sent from Toronto and Hamilton to drive back the invaders. Through some mistake or bad management, the volunteers were hurried forward too quickly, and before the regular troops could come up they fell in with the Fenians at Ridgeway, and were ordered to attack them. Under the first fierce onslaught of the Canadians the Fenians wavered. Then they rallied, and poured upon their assailants a hot fire, which killed nine, wounded thirty, and forced the rest to retire. But when O'Neil, the leader of the marauders, heard that the regular troops were close at hand, lie fell back upon Fort Erie, and that same night he and his army made the best of their way out of Canada.

Soon afterwards a monument was put up in Queen's Park, Toronto, in nieniory of the gallant young volunteers who died in defence of their country.


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