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322   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

troops was bound, was over two hundred miles from the railway, and the prairie trails were almost impassable.

After a toilsome march of many days, the volunteers came suddenly upon a body of half-breeds posted in a ravine called Fish Creek. The rebels set the prairie On fire to confuse their opponents. Loth sides fought obstinately, but without decisive results. The volunteers, who had never before been under fire, lost a number of men, and General. -liddleton, a cautious officer, waited two weeks for supplies and reinforcements before attacking Batoche.

Cut Knife   On the day of the fight at Fish Creek an-

Creek. other body of troops, under Colonel Otter, reached Dattleford, wliere they found the half-breeds plundering and burning the houses in the village. -After resting his men for a day or two, Colonel Otter, believing that the Cree chief, Poundmaker, was preparing to attack the white settlers, marched against him. Poundmal,er, who was encamped at a place called Cut Knife Creek, had hitherto taken no part in the rising, but when lie was attacked lie defended himself bravely, and beat off his assailants with heavy loss.

Five days afterwards General -Middleton Batoche. left Fish Creek for Batoche, and on Alay 9th he attacked the rebels in their camp. They were so strongly posted that it took him three days to dislodge them, and in the long fight nine of the volunteers were killed and thirtv wounded. But P,atoche was to*en at last, and three days latcr Riel was captured. General -liddleton marched to Dattleford, and a few days after the fight Poundmaker surrendered unconditionally.

Punishment Dumont escaped to the United States, but of Rebels. Riel was tried and hanged at Regina for his crimes. Eight of the Indians who had taken part in the Frog Lake murders were also hanged. A number of other Indians and half-breeds were imprisoned, but most


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