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were sixteen operations of this nature, in cold weather and deep snow. On starting from the west end of the track on the night of the 30th March, the roads were found so bad that it took the guns seventeen hours to do the distance (thirty miles) to Magpie Camp. On from there to the east end of the track by team sleighs and marching twenty-three miles farther on; flat cars (uncovered and open) eighty miles, with the thermometer at 50 degrees below zero. Heron Bay, Port Munro, McKellar's Bay, Jackfish, Isbister, McKay's Harbour, were passed by alternate flat cars on construction tracks and teaming in

OPERATIONS IN THE NORTH-WEST, 1885

fearful weather round the north shore of Lake Superior; Nepigon, or Red Rock, was reached on the evening of the 3rd of April. The men had had no sleep for four nights."

General Middleton, while awaiting the arrival of the eastern troops at Qu'Appelle, saw to the organization of the transport, commissariat, and medical services, and arranged his plan of campaign. This latter was no light task. Between Winnipeg and the mountains were a number of widely-scattered settlements which must be protected; the strength of the enemy was practically un-

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