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the last hill, came upon a farmyard-the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. F. Fox, whose youngsters (young foxes) were indeed running all over the place.

It happened many years ago, D. A. Taylor, Chas. Robertson, Sid. Acheson and Ed. Dow decided to hunt at Whitewater Lake. They picked up Ward Caldbick at his lakeside farm and headed in to the rushes. It was late at night when they returned after having no luck, Dropping Ward off, they noticed as they were leaving his place, some turkeys roosting in a tree. Being empty handed, they grabbed one and headed for home. Car trouble developed at White­ water, so they cleaned the gobbler for a midnight supper at the boarding house and invited Ward by phone. Ward duly arrived, and couldn't thank them enough for their kindness. However, next morning he missed his $25 pure bred gobbler. Feathers and car tracks told the tale. He headed for Boissevain while in the proper frame of mmd to express his opinion. To this day, no one has located two pigs that disappeared from Charlie Robertson's pig-pen that night.

CHAPTER NINE

THE SMITH-DA VV MURDER

In the year 1900, a murder was committed in this settlement.

Many conflicting stories have been circulated concerning this inci­ dent but through several reliable sources we have been able to obtain the reasonably true story.

When the site of the old Turtle Mountain City (S.E. % Sec. 4-3-21), was abandoned, a pioneer, Charley Sankey, claimed it for a homestead. After obtaining a title to the land, he sold it to Neil Bell who, after several bad years, sold it to an Englishman, Charley Daw, a quiet, unobtrusive man.

At the time when Daw came into nossession of the former Sankey homestead, a young man from Ontario, Walter Gordon, was working for Leonard Thompson. Gordon apparently became obsessed with the desire to possess Daw's property. Daw's health had failed badly and he was advised by doctors to return to England. This seemed to Gordon to be the opportune time to obtain the property. He offered to buy the farm from Daw, claiming that he was expecting money from a man with whom he was supposedly in partnership in a gold mine in Mexico. Daw agreed to wait and

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