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340   CANADIAN HISTORY 1.OR BOYS AND GIRLS.

Orange Free State. Canada now showed that she was ready to prove her loyalty to the great Empire of which she forms a part, by offering men to help in the war. The Australian colonies and New Zealand did the same. These offers were accepted, and a Canadian contingent was speedily equipped and placed under the command of Colonel Otter. It numbered I,000 men, recruited from all parts of the Dominion, and hundreds of volun-

COLT GuN S$CTION, CANADIAN tiC01-TS, IN ACIUN. SOUTH AFRICAN WAR.)

teers had to be refused. The Canadians reached Cape Town before the end of November, and received a most enthusiastic welcome.

But the war lasted for two years and a half, and Canada, like the other colonies, continued to give aid. Including the contingent already mentioned, the troop of horse raised and equipped by Lord Strathcona, and those who enlisted in the South African Constabulary, Canada sent out six separate contingents, comprising over 6,5oo gallant officers and men. Of these 245 died of fever or wounds, or were killed in battle. In many a fight our

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