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The execution of Ssott by order of the insurgent Riel has hitherto |been undes* uribed, although the tragedy took place four years ago. Air John Bruce, ex.President of Kiel's original Provisional Government, has now supplied the following statement relating to the execntion of Thomas Scott on the 4th of March, 1870, under sentence of "a tribunal of "war" j— "Six soldiers had been chosen to shoot Scott. I have here to write the name of a man whoso behaviour in that circumstance reflects on him the greatest honour. Augustin Parisiett, one of the six soldiers, declared openly that he would not shoot at Scott ; and, in fact, he took off the cap from his gun before the word of command — 'Present' — was given. Of the five balls remaining only two hit the poor viotim, one in the left shoulder, the other in the upper part of the chest, above the heart. Had the other soldiers missed the mark unintentionally, _ or had they willingly aimed too high, too low, or aside? It is unknown. However that may be, as the two wounds were not sufficient to cause death— at least, sudden death — a man named Guillemetro stepped forward and discharged the contents of a pistol dose to Scott's hoad whiU he was lying on the ground. This ball, however, took a wrong direction. , It went into the upper part of the right cheek, and oame out somewhere about the cartilage of the nose. Scott was still not dead, but that did not prevent his butchers from placing him alive, and still speaking, into a kind of coffin made of four rough boards. It was nailed and placed in the south-eastern bastion, and an armed soldier was placed at the door. This would seem like a atory made at one's ease, if there were not several witnesses full of life who heard, between the hdurs of 5 and 6 in' the evening, the unfortunate Scott speak from under the lid of liia coffin, and it is known that he had been shot at' half-past' 12. What a long and horrible agony 1 and what a ferocious cruelty on the part of his butchers! The words heard and understood by the French Metis were ouly these t * My Godl My God!' Some English Metia, and others speaking Scott's tongue, heard distinctly these words {—'For God'a sake, take me out of here, or kill me 11 X*K * Towardt 11 o'clock— that is, after ten and a half houra^of frightful]agony— a person, whoso name l shall withhold for the present, went into the bastion and gave him the finishing stroke witli a butcher'! knife! according to some ; with a pistol, according to others. The same person, after hating inflicted the last blow on poor Ssott, said, as he was coming back from the bastion, * The dog shall not' speak any more ; he is dead this time.' The corpse was left in the south- ' eastern bastion a few days, being kept by ssldiers, relieved each in their turn. On the third or fourth night, f I could not say precisely which, the corpse was taken out of the bastion, placed in Dr Schnlte's aleigh, taken towards the Red River, and stopped about one mile and a half from the fort, .nearly .opposite the river La Seine. By means of a large itbne tied to the corpse, the body of Thomas' Soott went to the river's bottom, to come thence no more, A few words more, and I am through this horrible tragedy. It was in the afternoon of the day when the execution occurred that the oorpse was placed 'in the/ojbffin, and it was later taken out of it in the bastion j but, in order to avoid suspicion, ft grave had been dug inside the gate facing the Assinboine River, a few steps to the right, and itis.there the coffin, which was thought to contain Scott's body, wai lowend." Louis Riel, who ordered or sanctioned the execution of Thomas Soott, has been, it will bo remembered, elected a member of the Dominibn House of* Commons, and there was great excitement at Ottawa when it transpired that, on the 30th March, he went to the clerk's office, took the oath, and signed the Parliamentary roll. It is stated that a military force was kept in readiness to act in case of need. . It appears that a true bill was found against him on the charge of murder, and that a warrant is out for his apprehension. The case was discussed in the House, and an order was made that he do attend in his place. Butitw&s doubted whether he would judge it safe to make hia appearance.

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THE EXECUTION OF SCOTT AT FORT GARRY, CANADA. Evening Post, Volume X, Issue 181, 18 September 1874

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