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October 25, 2012

Murder

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The victory at Queenston Heights became a rallying cry in Canada, playing an important part in creating a sense of Canadian nationality. It thus appears prominently in the patriot song, known by heart by most English-speaking Canadians:

“At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane / Our brave fathers, side by side, / For freedom, homes, and loved ones dear, / Firmly stood and nobly died.

“And those dear rights which they maintained, / We swear to yield them never. / Our watchword evermore shall be, / The Maple Leaf forever!” 

The British victory, however, was marred for Canada by the battle death of General Isaac Brock (1769-1812), British commander of Upper Canada and a military genius of the first rank. He promptly became a Canadian hero. 

Both General Brock and the Battle of Queenston Heights have become major elements in this year’s Canadian celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial; America has generally ignored the war.

Congressional districts

An Act ... passed June 10, 1812 ... That for the election of representatives in the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States, this state shall be ... divided into the following districts, to wit: ... 15. The counties of Otsego, Chenango and Broome, shall compose the fifteenth district, and shall elect two representatives ...

Murder

Rutland, (Ver.) Sept. A most daring & outrageous murder was committed on the night of the 17th inst. [Sept.] on the body of Joel Luce, a man who kept the turnpike gate. It appears that some smugglers had collected 7 waggons loaded with goods ... and 9 or 10 men on horseback, all armed with swords, pistols and clubs; and about one o’clock proceeded down the turnpike in battle array ...

Some persons ... notified Mr. W. Rumsey, a deputy collector under a Mr. Buel ... When the banditti came up, [Mr. Rumsey] ... demanded the right of search. They told him he might search, but he would find no smuggled goods. He made an attempt to step into the foremost waggon, when two men rose up ... with clubs and knocked him off the waggon, and several of the horsemen ... threatened to blow his brains out, if he did not ... let them pass. 

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