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THZ SASKATCHEWAN RE:B] ILLION.   319

and the arrival of surveyors in the country caused the same alarm as in Manitoba fourteen yeArs earlier. The half-breeds had asked the government to give them legal titles to their lands, but no notice was taken of their request, and, after some months of agitation, they invited their old leader, Louis Riel, who was living in the United States, to come to their help.

At first Riel merely held meetings, and Louis Riel. aided the half-breeds to draw up a petition to government asking

that they should be allowed to elect an assembly, that l e g a l titles to their lands should be granted to all a c t u a l settlers, that the Indians should be better provided for, and that lands should be set apart for the support of schools and hospitals.

B u t t ll e govern- A MOtiNTFI) POLICEMAN ON PATROL. merit at Ottawa still Beyond him you catch a glimpse of the great paid no heed to their   Saskatchewan River.

desires, and in the spring of 188 Riel set up a " pro-visional government " at Batoche. lie began his rule by plundering a store in the village and imprisoning several loyal settlers.

Not content with rousing the half-breeds, who were comparatively few, Riel did his utmost to persuade the Indian tribes also to rebel. Their warriors might still be counted by thousands. Happily most of them refused to rise at Riel's bidding, or it would have gone hard with


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