1885 - ON THE WARPATH - The Edmonton People Panic-stricken, Many of Them Seeking Safety in Flight.
...Dispatches from Edmonton, via Calgary, received here to-day, indicate that affairs there are not on an encouraging state. The settlers are thoroughly alarmed, because of the overbearing conduct of the Indians and half-breeds, who threaten to
RISE AN BURN THE TOWN.
Scouts have been sent out to scour the country for fifty miles around to learn the extent of the dissatisfaction. General Strange, with his column, is making all haste to Edmonton, and is expected to reach there by Friday. The government, in the absence of news, ordered Colonel Smith to proceed at once to Edmonton, with his battalion, and at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the battalion began their tedious march north...
The Edmonton mail has arrived, and the correspondence shows that there was a panic there a week ago for several days before, and an outbreak was expected. Parties had been quietly preparing for trouble, some by removing their families to Fort Saskatchewan; others by getting their guns and ammunition read, and still others by securing their goods. These were impelled by a sense of the impending danger to make such precautions as were possible to reduce it to the lowest point, but the movements on Saturday and Sunday were more in the nature of a stampede, than that of preparation, from danger. The loss that has resulted from the same has already been very great. Some people deserted their houses, turning the stock loose, or driving it before them to a place of refuge, until the rising of the Indians at Battleford. When that occurred, and when the Saddle Lake Indians, 120 miles to the eastward, turned loose, it was felt that Edmonton would be the next battle ground, and when it was further known that the Bear Hill band, sixty miles to the south, were taking to the war-path, matters got alarming.
The Inter Ocean
April 30, 1885
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