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nary order be given after such strict ones before that no parties should be allowed to enter or leave without knowing who they were. So about 12 or 1 o'clock a sleigh was heard to approach the fort. They entered, the cutter with one man inside it. They made straight for the bastion where Mr. Scott was still in agony. They entered past the guard after which he heard two reports as if from a pistol or some weapon striking heavily against something solid. The night being cold and the door to the bastion being shut, he the guard could not tell from what the noise came from or what kind of weapon caused it. He placed himself in the gatery which they would have to pass through from the fort, when immediately they started the cutter containing two men. The guard thinking to himself that surely there is the man they shot to-day. But the night being dark could not iden tify the driver or the horse. The sled passing out after the cutter without anything on it, except the driver. The next day a hole was dug in the fort, the box put in and covered. A sham burial for it is strongly believed that poor Scott's body was deposited in the river, which stories still confirm. However things are still in a very unsettled state. The Canadians were fearful of sad consequences if help could not soon be obtained from Canadians." (End of Quote.)
The foregoing narrative is in Mr. Boddy's own words and his own style of writing, with no changes made by the writer. She deemed it more of an honor to Mr. Boddy and more worthy of historical recognition to be so.
The Mr. Scott who suffered such a horrible fate was CoL Thomas Scott a member of the armed expedition from Portage la Prairie. He had 55 men under his command at the outbreak of the rising. Other officers commanding were Major McMillan, Capt. Shepherd and Lieu t. R. C. Brown.
On May 18, 1945, veterans of the Riel rebellion met in Winni peg to celebrate their diamond jubilee. This event was sponsored by two Winnipeg units of the Army and Navy Veterans association. R. F. McWilliams, Lieutenant Governor, opened the affair with an official reception. Part of the program was photographs taken at the Old Fort Garry gate and a memorial service in St. John's cemetery.
At that time there were 150 Riel Rebellion veterans residing in the province. Five known veterans in Portage la Prairie were C. J. Sharp, R. C. Brown, L. Eadie, L. Whitman and A. Haurie. Portagers, C. E. Ward and Simon Prout had moved to Winnipeg, and Jack Prout to Edmonton. These gentlemen would be a ripe old age when the function took place.