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UPPER CANADIAN REBELLION, 1837–38 213

 

"Five Hundred Pounds Reward for Samuel Lount, a tall man, say six feet or rather more, long face, sallow complexion, black hair with some gray in it—very heavy dark eyebrows—speaks rather slowly.

"Five Hundred Pounds Reward for Silas Fletcher, he is about fifty years of age, hair has been black, but now mixed with gray—speaks in a peculiar and quick manner—very quick in his motions—black whiskers and rather sallow complexion—about six feet in height, and up-right.

"Five Hundred Pounds Reward for Jesse Loyd, he is rather an old man, say about fifty-five years of age, long straight hair rather thin and turning gray—stoops very much in his gait, has scarcely any teeth left—one remark-ably prominent, which is much observed when he speaks, very round-shouldered, and speaks with a strong Yankee accent, height about five feet ten or eleven inches; generally dresses in a drab or brown home-spun clothing."

It is said that many years afterward, when both Mackenzie and Georges Etienne Cartier were in Parliament, the former twitted the latter with the fact that the Government of 1837 had shown its appreciation of the comparative values of their heads. Cartier had been out with Papineau, and the price placed upon his then youthful head had been only three hundred pounds.

While the Toronto district had been engaged in the excitement of this mimic warfare, Kingston was not idle. The old town, with its immense depot of ordnance stores, provisions, gunpowder, arms, camp equipage, etc., some of which was still serviceable, was within easy striking reach of the United States border, which was known to be infested with Mackenzie's American sympathizers. And many on the Canadian side were only awaiting a favourable opportunity to take up the cause of the rebels. The regulars had been sent to Lower Canada, and the officers in charge of the fort and batteries were entirely dependent upon the militia. When word was received of the outbreak at Toronto, the militia of Kingston


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