Excerpt from Benton of the Royal Mounted: A Tale of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Scattered now beyond the writer's ken are those good fellows with whom he served in years gone by. They were men of a type fast disappearing, with whom any one would have been proud to associate and call comrades. No longer do those once or derly grounds resound with the clear notes of the trumpet-call, the neighing of troop-horses, or the harsh-barked word of command. Gone is the old Guardroom at the gates of the main entrance. The spot where the o.c.'s house lay half hidden amidst its clustering shrubbery and trim, well-kept lawn and kitchen garden, is now but a drab area of railway tracks. Missing is the towering ﬂag stafi, from whose top-gall, visible for miles around, there ﬂew from Reveille to Retreat the brave emblem of our Empire.
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