Friday, November 16, 2007

Today in History

Eight o'clock in the morning, Regina time, 122 years ago today, Louis Riel was executed.

Lieutenant Governor Dewdney promptly sent John A. Macdonald a telegram reading "Hindrance carabine avenger," code for "hanged, buried as directed." In a follow-up letter, he acknowledged the "buried" part was not quite right, as Riel's family claimed his body for eventual burial in St Boniface, Manitoba.
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