TOPICS OF THE WEEK - 16 JULY 1885

BEFORE another week is over our citizen soldiers will have returned to us. To make their reception triumphal as well as cordial, and to set forth in a fitting manner the gratitude felt by the community for their services, civic taste and invention have been tasked to the utmost, and we trust not in vain. They will rest in their homes with the happy consciousness of having done their duty to their country, and fight over again before an affectionate audience the fields of Fish Creek, Cut Knife and Batoche. The wish expressed by us some time ago that a special acknowledgment should be made to them for their services in the shape of a grant of land has been fulfilled by the Government amidst general applause. With their well-deserved ovation closes, we may hope, the history of the conflict which their arms have brought to a termination happy for the country. It can hardly be expected that the storm will be at once followed by a dead calm. Civil war, which ruins some and unsettles all, is apt to leave a trace of brigandage behind it. But with anything of this kind the local forces will deal. The increase of the Mounted Police will be a real economy, and it is difficult to see why any unpopularity should attach to that force, considering of what fine material it is composed, and how useful, if well regulated and commanded, it must be. It is obviously desirable also to develop the Local Militia, which must always be better fitted than strangers to cope with well-known enemies and to get on a familiar scene. War in the North-West waged by Volunteers drawn from the distant Provinces and unfamiliar with the scene of action may be glorious, but it is costly in the extreme. How much we have paid for every Half-breed put hors de combat will be seen when all the bills shall have come in.


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