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THt RED RIVER REBELLION.   30I

evading Riel's scouts, he made his escape by a long and dangerous trip on snowshoes to Fort William. Shortly after the escape of Schultz, three commissioners (one of whom, -Mr. Smith, is now Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal) arrived from the Dominion government, to discuss with the half-breeds their grievances, and to invite them to send delegates to Ottawa. About this time changes were made in the " provisional government," but Riel remained at its head.

A considerable body of Canadians, English half-breeds, and Indians, under the command of Colonel Boulton, assembled with the view of forcing the release of the

GROUP OF RED RIVER DEFENDERS AT FORT OSBORNE.

 

remaining prisoners. After some negotiations all the prisoners were released, but Colonel Boulton and a few of his men, when on their way home, were pursued and captured by order of Riel. Amongst these was a young


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