New Nation 21 Jan.


Les Droits Civil,” explains that ‘the rights of man’/ human rights are superior to any political rights devised by a state, mentioning protection of “la liberté de la personne de chacque  habitant du territoire, quelle que soit son origine, sa coleur, sa condition.”

“Mass Meetings. Mr. Smith, Canadian Commissioner, before the People. Official Documents,” minutes of the 5 hour long open air assembly held in -20°F weather; text of letters read [continued], [continued]; [continued]; [continued]; [continued]; [continued]. The Convention of Forty/La Grande Convention has been decided upon. Louis Riel brings the assembly to a close with the statement,

“We are not yet enemies (loud cheers)– but we came very near to being so. As soon as we understood each other, we joined in demanding what our English fellow subjects in common with us believe to be our just rights (loud cheers). I am not afraid to say our rights; for we all have rights (renewed cheers). We claim no half rights, mind you, but all the rights we are entitled to. Those rights will be set forth by our representatives, and, what is more, gentlemen, we will get them (loud cheers.”

“Model Political Gatherings,” observes, “It is pleasant to note the extreme good order and kindly feeling which prevailed during the meetings of Wednesday and Thursday. No outburst of anger, nor display of bad blood occurred during the entire proceedings. In a gathering composed of parties believed to hold very different sentiments, and diverse languages and religion, this unanimity cannot be too highly commended.”

“The English Representatives,” lists parishes at which elections will be held for the upcoming Convention of Forty and the number of representatives to be elected in each parish.

Rumours of Canadian Party doings at Poplar Point, High Bluff and the Portage, with an oblique reference either to rum or to John C. Schultz’s father-in-law, “Jamaica and Demarara,” a.k.a. James Farquharson — which might have been an intended pun.

“The Wise Men of Ottawa,” local opinion of Canada’s mismanagement of the attempted acquisition of Rupert’s Land, [continued].

“Short-Hand Writing Taught Perfectly in Eight Lessons,” advertisement by T.S. Onice.


Consolidation! The Future of the American Continent. One Flag! One Empire! Natural Lines must Prevail,” reports on American ‘manifest destiny’ sentiments and calls for annexation of Red River, “The Keystone.”

“The Red River Rebellion seen from an American point of view,” [continued].

“Natural Lines Must Prevail,” from the Pall Mall Gazette.

“A Hundred Thousand More!” from the Halifax Nova Scotian, [continued].

“The Solid Men of New York,” from the New York Tribune and the Commercial — on income taxation.

Canadian Carpet-Baggers,” from the New York World, [continued].

“Poverty in Ottawa,” a tongue in cheek report on affluent politicians.

“St. Paul and Lake Superior Railroad,” [bottom of column].

“Telegraph Operators on Strike,” about workers of the North Western Union Telegraph Co.

“The Paraguaian War Ended,” a report from Rio Janeiro [sic].

“Getting the Ears of the People,” about Dr. Guthrie’s stories at the annual meeting of the Medical Missionary Society in Edinburgh, [continued].

“The Welsh Fasting Girl,” hasn’t eaten for 2 1/2 years.

“Small Feet in China,” on foot binding, foot wear, and marriage practices [continued].

The Jester in the court of Peter the Great of Russia.

“A Bird Song,” poem, followed by “Disposing of People,” poem that makes fun of Texas.

“Suggestive Briefs,” aphorisms and advice.


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