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Legend of the Paymaster's Gold

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ISBN-10: 1554889901

ISBN-13: 9781554889907

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jo Shawyer

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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Dundurn
Publication date: 2/18/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

<p Jo Shawyer has been writing all her life as a university professor. Now retired, she has turned to writing fiction, creating exciting stories from her wealth of research material. She is the author of <i Twenty-Dollar Reward</i , and lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.</p

*** Each of the fourteen Chapters begins with an excerpt from the diary of Annie Wareham, age 13. She witnesses the War of 1812 from her log house on Commissioners' Road
The Jackson family in London, Ontario, move to an old house (originally Annie's log cabin) on Commissioners' Road
Twins Sam and Eadie, age 14, hear about The Legend of the Paymaster's Gold
It is true that the night of October 6, 1813, General Henry Procter was retreating from the Detroit frontier toward Lake Ontario along Commissioners' Road, his waggons full of equipment and wounded men
It is alleged that Procter was overtaken by American Kentucky riflemen and, in the skirmish, Procter's Paymaster, in charge of buying supplies for the soldiers and horses, lost his box of gold
The skirmish is a legend
There is no documentation to prove that the skirmish actually happened, that the gold was really lost
Sam, Eadie, and their friend Ben decide to "solve" the legend and find the lost gold
But almost two hundred years have passed
What clues are there to follow? With the help of Google, and Dave at the library, and some clever sleuthing with maps, and a metal detector, they make some progress
But why are all the most likely places to find the gold made off-limits to them by grown-ups?
However, persistence pays off
They find gold! But - whose gold is it? Have they really solved The Legend of the Paymaster's Gold?