The next day there followed a grisly sequel to this incident.  Mrs. Croat, wife of one of the sappers, had lived in fear of Indians since her arrival from England.  Hearing news of the murders downriver, she became convinced a native attack was imminent and "in a fit of temporary insanity cut the throats of 3 of her children and then her own."  Two of the children fortunately survived.  The incident however demonstrates just how real could be the emigrantís fear of the wild and unknown.

     These few excerpts from B.C.ís archives may serve to give the reader some sense of the drama and turmoil which the Detachment endured.  Yet despite it all, their work got done and done well, and the colony flourished.  In the end, perhaps, a little awe may not be out of order.


The preceding was written by
Simon Sherwood and Timothy Watkins
copyright 2002
(presented here by special permission from the authors)

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