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to the United States. He drove to Fort Benton where he joined the United States Army. He had abandoned his horse and buggy at some wayside place.

Needless to say the unusual happenings, topped by Gordon's disappearance, caused much stir in the district. Murder was sus­ pected and an air of mystery prevailed around the Daw farm. Gordon was reportedly seen near Estevan and then north of Brandon. These reports proved untrue and it appeared that Gordon had completely disappeared. No evidence could be found to confirm people's suspicions and interest began to wane. Unexpectedly, news came from North Dakota that a Canadian buggy, with a bullet hole in the top curtain and blood on the floor, had been found. This created new interest and a thorough search was made of the ravine and farm. The old well was discovered and finally the bodies of the dog, Smith, and Daw. When this condemning evidence was brought to light, a large reward was offered for Gordon's capture. The excitement abated, however, when the report was circulated that he had fled to Mexico.

The Boissevain town constable, Ed. Allan, was not satisfied to drop the case. Knowing that the Chicago papers had a large Western circulation, he had a photograph of Gordon, along with information regarding the murder and the reward offered for his capture, inserted in this paper.

Gordon's luck was running out. A soldier from Fort Benton obtained one of the Chicago papers and recognized Gordon. When questioned about the murder Gordon claimed he had fought with a man in Canada and had fled without knowing whether or not he had killed him. Gordon was terrified and slipping away in the night, he fled back to Canada. He made his way to Vancouver where he joined a regiment bound for South Africa to take part in the Boer War.

The soldier at Fort Benton reported his suspicions to the authorities who immediately instigated a search. A description of Gordon was wired to Vancouver where he was recognized by his military photograph. Meanwhile Gordon was on a transcontinental flier under military orders bound for Halifax and overseas.

Word was wired ahead to Halifax and he was apprehended just as he was mounting the gangplank of a ship bound for South Africa. Gordon was brought back to Brandon where he was tried and convicted of murder. He was hanged and buried in Brandon jail yard.

We are indebted to Mr. C. Sankey of Waskada and to Mr.

Robertson of Whitewater for the information contained herein.

Jane Wilson

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