Montreal Daily Star, 14 January 1911, page 24


The Laura Secord Monument Ready for Unveiling

Granite Pillar to Honor Memory of Heroine of War of 1812


Special to theMontrealStar.

Queenston, Ont., January 14- Upon the historic sod of Queenston Heights overlooking the Niagara River, where General Sir Isaac Brock drove back the American invaders a hundred years ago, adjacent to Brock’s monument, stands a granite pillar, which next spring will be unveiled with due ceremony.  This pillar, erected by the Dominion Government to Laura Secord, commemorates a deed by a woman, which for pluck and bravery stands well to the front in Canadian history among deeds of devotion and daring.

Laura Secord lived with her husband near Niagara-on-the-Lakes, the ancient capital ofUpper Canada.  During the troublesome times of 1812-14, her husband took up arms to protect his home and country.  Wounded in battle, he was taken to his home to be tenderly nursed by his devoted wife.  One day two American officers called at the Secord home and demanded food.  While serving them, Mrs Secord caught a few words of their conversation, which satisfied her that the Americans contemplated a surprise attack on the British army which was stationed at Beverdams, nearThorold.

How to warn the British was the question.  Her husband was ill and unable to go, and there was nobody to undertake the perilous trip through dense weeds beset with wild animals, still wilder Indians and guerilla bands, but herself.  But, nothing daunted, under cover of darkness, she started out and how she succeeded in reaching the British army and warning the commanding officer is of historic record.  She had to travel 23 miles, and one of her dangers was in getting through the American lines.  She was stopped several times by American soldiers, but she told them she was looking for a lost cow and they believed her and let her pass, never dreaming what an important bearing it would have on future events.  Being warned of the proposed attack, the British army was prepared and at the subsequent Battle of Beaverdams, gave the invaders a severe defeat.