Chapter I.—A Rig
Problem for a Young Country.—The Necessity of Providing for the
Protection of Life and Property in the Great West during the Process of
its Exploration and Settlement.—Some Notes on the Early History of
Canada's Great North-West.—Colonel Robertson Ross Reconnaissance of 1872
and his Report.
II.—Organization of the North-West Mounted Police.—How the Authority of
the Dominion was Advanced Eight Hundred Miles Westward from Manitoba to
the Foot Hills of the Rockies by the Big March of 1874.
Chapter III.—The First
Winter in the Far West.—Hardships of the Pioneers of Fort Macleod. —The
Illicit Whisky Trade Suppressed and Law and Order Established.—A Marvellous Change.— The First Detachment on the Saskatchewan.—Trouble
with the St. Laurent Half-Breeds.— General Sir Selby Smyth's Inspection
and Favourable Report.
Macleod Commissioner.—The Development of the North-West Territories
under Proper Protection.—Dealings with the Indians.—The Sun Dance.—The
Big Treaty with the Blackfeet.
Chapter V.—The Sitting
Bull Incident.—Unwelcome Visitors from the United States Impose several
years Hard Work and Grave Responsibilities.—Sitting Bull and the Custer
Chapter VI.—Under Sir
John Again.—The Mounted Police placed under the Department of the
Interior.—Experimental Farming by the Force.—Lieut.-Col. A. G. Irvine,
succeeds Lieut.-Col Macleod as Commissioner.—Difficulties with the
Indians in the Southern Part of the Territories.— Tribes Induced to
leave the Danger Zone near the International Frontier.—The Establishment
of the Force Increased by Two Hundred Men.
Lorne's Tour.—A Vice-Regal Escort which Travelled over Twelve Hundred
Miles.—Some Notes of a Highly Significant Prairie Pilgrimage.
VIII.—Headquarters Removed to Regina.—The Usefulness of Fort Walsh
Disappears, and the Post is Abandoned.—The Construction of the Canadian
Pacific Railway.—A Record in Track-Laying and an Equally Creditable
Record in the Maintenance of Order.—Extra Duties Imposed upon the
North-West Mounted Police.
Rebellion of 1885.—The Uprising Predicted by Officers of the Force well
in Advance of the Actual Appeal to Arms.—Irvine's Splendid March from
Regina to Prince Albert.—The Fight at Duck Lake, and Abandonment of Fort
Carlton. —Services of the Detachments at Prince Albert, Battleford and
Fort Pitt and of those which Accompanied the Militia Columns throughout
Chapter X.—Increase of
Strength and Duties.—The Establishment Raised to 1,000 Men.— L. W. Herchmer Commissioner.—More Vice-Regal Visits.—Extension of the Sphere
of Operations Northward to the Athabasca and Peace River Districts and
into the Yukon.—The Fight to Suppress the Illicit Liquor Trade.—The
Force Loses a Good Friend in Sir John Macdonald but gains another in Sir
Wilfrid Laurier.—The "Almighty Voice" Tragedy.—Rapid Extension of the
Chapter XI.—Under the
Present Commissioner.—Handsome and Useful Contributions of the.
North-West. Mounted Police towards the Armies fighting the Battles of
Empire in South Africa.—The Victoria Cross.—Great Extension of the. Work
of the Force in Yukon and the Far North.—The Memorable Visit of the Duke
and Duchess of Cornwall and York, and the Conferring upon the Force of
the Distinction "Royal".—The Earl of Minto Honorary Commissioner.—
Vice-Regal Visits.—The Inauguration of the New Provinces.-The Hudson Bay
Detachments. Something about the Force as it is To-day and the Work it
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