General Dickson, Le (The Dickson Song; Eulogy of Cuthbert Grant)

DESCRIPTION: Canadian French. "C'est a la RIvier Rouge, Nouvelles sone arrivees." News comes to the Red River of a "general" recruiting Metis to help him take over Mexico. "General" Dickson promises them honor in Mexico, but they all "desert" him
AUTHOR: Pierre Falcon (source: MacLeod)
EARLIEST DATE: 1959 (MacLeod)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage humorous soldier Canada Mexico
1836-1837 - "General" James Dickson tries to gather a band of Metis to help him in a filibustering expedition to Mexixo. An American, he journeyed to Canada to try to recruit his troops. The Hudson's Bay Company cut off his funds, and Dickson headed south almost alone. Theatrical to the end, he finally turned over his equipment to Metis leader Cuthbert Grant
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Macleod, #4, pp. 23-30, "The Dickson Song" (1 French text plus English translation, 1 tune)
File: Macl04

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