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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

Manager--law in Canada,   pp. 10-16 PDF (1.4 MB)

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pike-pole and began to shove the logs away from the bank.
The officer, after the soldiers were arranged along the bank,
with their muskets, said to "Bold McGinnis," "Stop, sir, don't
shove that raft away, I want to get onto it." McGinnis an-
swered, "You nor none of your minions can put foot on one of
these rafts; if you do. you will be dead men!" A number of
the soldiers had their muskets in hand ready, the moment the
sheriff, whose name was Kink, ordered "Present arms," to
raise their muskets to their shoulders; and at that moment
the sheriff started down the embankment. The sun was just
rising, and as he started he unbottoned his coat and drew a
sabre about three feet long, swung it in the air, and made a
leap for the raft, landing beside "Bold McGinnis" with pike-
pole in hand, and his men close by. Immediately they all
whirled about and ran for their lives across the rafts to the
shore, looking like a flock of sheep going over a fence.
   I was so much amazed I did not know what to think, or say,
The men left the rafts and never returned. What became of
"Bold McGinnis of County Tyrone" I never knew, but several
of the men who had worked on the rafts and in the woods,
Scotchmen and Glengarry men, came to the mill for work when
I was ready to start it. I hired several of them, and they prov-
ed to be royally good men. I learned then that they had no
lien law in Canada, and that the men had no one to look to but
the man to whom they hired, McDonald, who had run away
with their money. That seemed to me a hard thing, knowing,
as I did, that they were entitled to pay for their work. There
was no law to protect them in undertaking to dowhattheywere
apparently bound to do until they were forced, under the law,
and by the officers, to quit the rafts and lose their pay. While
there was no legal obligation upon the company to make good
their losses, I would have felt like spending some money to
punish McDonald, and perhaps have gone a little farther, and
have given them something towards their winter's work. Al-

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