at carried passengers and the mail between Prescott and Toronto, and also to seize the Great Britain, another steamer, for the use of the patriots.
With a desperate band, Johnston rushed on board of the Peel at Wells's
William Johnston. Island, not far below Clayton, on the night of May 29, 1838.
They were armed with muskets and bayonets and painted like Indians, and appeared with a shout, Remember the Carolina! —a vessel which some persons from Canada had cut loose at Schlosser (on Niagara River), set on fire, and sent blazing over Niagara.
Johnston's commission. Falls.
The passengers and baggage of the Peel were put on shore and the vessel was burned, because her captors could not manage her. Governor Marcy, of New York, declared Johnston an outlaw, and offered a reward of $500 for his person.
The governor of Canada (Earl of Durham) offered $5,000 for the conviction of any person concerned in the infamous outrage.
Johnston, in a proclamation issued from Fort Watson, decla