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the water towards a canoe lying about half a mile from the shore, were highly exhilarating; and the excitement increased, as first two or three jet-black heads, and then four or five more rounding the canoe, suddenly changed into as many blood-red faces strenuously approaching a prize which had been selected as not only the most appropriate but the most encouraging, namely, a horizontal pole covered from end to end with glass beads for young squaws. The eye of every swimmer as he advanced appeared eagerly fixed upon the glittering prize, which no doubt his heart had already destined for the object or objects of his affection; however, in all regions of the globe human hopes are eggs that very often indeed turn out to be addled; and thus it was with the hopes of the swimmers before us. The race was what is termed excellent; indeed the struggle was so severe that half adozen of the leading swimmers might, to use a sporting phrase, "have been covered with a sheet;" the consequence of which was, that they came within their depths at the same moment; and they were no sooner on their feet than, with uplifted arms, tearing and splashing through the shallow water, they rushed to the beach, then onwards to their goal; and arriving there nearly together, they knocked pole and pole-holders head over heels on the ground, and then throwing themselves upon them they crushed all the beautiful glass beads to atoms!
"The lovely toys, so keenly sought,
The young squaws for whom the prizes had been
destined,—had they been present,—might, no doubt, have drawn from the result a useful moral. The catastrophe, however, was really most tragical, and so deeply affecting that, to restore sunshine after the storm, I ordered the pole to be refitted with beads, to be fairly divided among the young conquerors; and, indeed, to tell the truth, I took care that even the squaws of the defeated should have some reason to be thankful for the exertions that had been made in their behalf.
While the excitement caused by these little games was at its height, we managed, unperceived, to get into our canoes, and paddle homewards. As our duty was over, we had plenty of time to shoot and fish as we proceeded. Our days were passed in meandering, under a clear sky, through the beautiful islands I have described, and on which, at night, we slept as before. The expedition was altogether a most delightful one: wholesome exercise for the body, healthy recreation for the mind; and I certainly returned to my daily work at Toronto considerably stronger than when I had left it to make my visit to that simple, high-bred, and virtuous race of men, the red aborigines of the forest.
As soon as Mr. McKenzie, Dr. Duncombe, Mr. Robert Baldwin, Mr. Speaker Bidwell, Dr. John* Rolph, and other nameless demagogues found that their demand for "responsible government" was repudiated by the people of Upper Canada, to whom they had appealed; that in consequence of their having made this demand they had lost their elections, and that their seats in the Commons' House of Assembly were filled up with loyal men, opposed to the revolutionary innovation they had desired to effect, it was naturally to be expected they would have given up a political contest in which it was evident that they had morally been completely and irretrievably defeated.
In England, where the popular voice is a manystringed instrument composed of fundholders, landowners, churchmen, statesmen, shipowners, manufacturers, independent labourers, and paupers, it is quite impossible that any measure can be approved of by all these different and conflicting interests; but in the back-woods of North America these artificial distinctions do not exist; and as almost universal suffrage prevailed in Upper Canada, it must have been evident to Messrs. Baldwin, Bidwell, Eolph, and Mr. McKenzie, as it was to me, that the moral opinion against responsible government, which had been constitutionally declared by the free and independent electors of the province, was identical with the physical force with which, if necessary, it would be resisted by them; and when it is considered that the physical strength of the British empire, and that the bayonets of the Queen's troops were ready to join this preponderating force, I perhaps ought to have suspected, from the mere fact of a few fundless demagogues holding out against such odds, that they were encouraged to do so by the Government and by the people of the United States. The idea, however, never for a moment entered my mind: my council was composed of men of great sagacity, high character, and prudence; yet no one among them foresaw or even suspected danger from a neighbouring ally. Mr. Ex-Speaker Bidwell and his comrades, however, well enough knew whose expectations they were fulfilling, and to whom they were to look for reward; and accordingly, so soon as all hope of being re-elected to the legislature ceased, Mr. McKenzie commenced a set of operations against me which I felt at the time could only be compared to the antics which Robinson Crusoe's man Friday played off upon the poor bear.
* Dr. Thomas Rolph, long distinguished in Upper Canada by his eloquence and loyalty, is now residing at Portsmouth.
The course of policy I had determined to pursue —whether right or wrong it now matters not—was at all events a plain one. For upwards of two years I had occupied myself in ascertaining the real sentiments of the people whom it was my fate to govern, and the result of this minute investigation having been most powerfully corroborated by the late elections, 1 felt that I might confidently await the hour, should it ever arrive, in which it would be my duty to call upon the brave and loyal inhabitants of Upper Canada to rally round me to suppress rebellion, and, above all, to resist the smallest attempt to introduce that odious principle of "responsible government" which a few republicans in the province had been desirous to force upon them.
Now this course of policy, which it will be perceived treated Mr. McKenzie with abject contempt, was exactly that which he was particularly desirous I should not pursue; for he felt, and justly felt, that as a political mountebank, it was no use at all for him to be every day performing dangerous tricks unless he could assemble an audience, and he therefore resolved to do everything he could to force me to patronise or bring him into notice; and so, first, he wrote, and then he printed, and then he rode, and then he spoke, stamped, foamed, wiped his seditious little mouth, and then spoke again; and thus, like a squirrel in a cage, he continued with astonishing assiduity the centre of a revolutionary career, until many, bewildered by his movements,