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Looking northwest from Boissevain. Whitewater Lake on the horizon.

Courtesy, Mrs. H. J. Stevenson, Boissevain

was wrong. During the night the wind swung sharply and how ling down from the northwest swept in one of the most disastrous storms that ever hit that part of the prairies.

When Stephenson opened his shack door the next morning there as two feet of snow piled against it and he could only make out a dim blur of the corral through the driving snow that swirled down in dense clouds.

He pulled on whatever warm clothing he could find and hurried out to see how the cattle were faring. But they were gone. Buffeted and lashed by the fierce storm they had smashed down a section of the corral and stampeded.

By noon the storm seemed to be abating somewhat so Stephen­ son mounted his best cow-pony and, calling his dogs, set out in search of the herd. He knew that they would go straight down wind which would take them towards the lake and he hoped to find them in the shelter of one of the bunches of tall canes that grew out from the water-line. He tried to tell himself that the cattle would be all right but a sense of foreboding filled him as he rode along.

As he neared the lake he began to see evidence that he was on the right trail but it wasn't until he was within a hundred yards or so of the water that he saw the first animals, standing knee deep in the slush and mud churned up by the trampling feet of the herd. He realized then that the fear he wouldn't admit to was only too true.