The Colour of Gold by Margaret MckirdyThe Colour of Gold by Margaret Mckirdy

The Colour of Gold

byMargaret Mckirdy

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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Cree Adelaide McCauley and her two children witness the shooting of their Metis husband/ father by a crazed white miner. She attempts to nurse him back to life but he dies after several painful days. This tragedy takes place in the Robson Valley and the nearest court of justice is 300 miles away, over treacherous mountain trails, in Golden, BC. Adelaide is convinced by friends of her late husband to travel south to Golden to testify at the trial of her husband's murderer. Accompanied by her children and several other witnesses ' including the accused ' she makes the journey, testifies and hopes to leave. Unfortunately a mistrial is called. During the first trial, she at least has the advantage of a sympathetic interpreter, but the second trial is dominated by men who take the side of the white miner accused of the crime. Indians, particularly Indian women, are not treated with much respect. The murderer goes free and Adelaide, impatient with a white justice system she wanted no part of in the first place, disappears into the northern wilderness from which she came.
Active in Valemount, Margaret McKirdy has written for the local newspaper and has played an active part in writers groups. Out of personal interest, she researched the local history and discovered letters regarding the death of Alex MacCauly. She was intrigued and began research, and subsequently completed 'The Colour of Gold'.
Title:The Colour of GoldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5.28 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Caitlin Press

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ISBN - 10:0920576664

ISBN - 13:9780920576663

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Color of Gold This is a tragic and fascinating account of a true story concerning a young Metis and his native wife who resided at Jasper House in the late 1890's and was hired to guide an old American gold seeker to B.C. The guide's wife immediately took a dislike to the old prospecter and begged her husband not to go. She was proven right as the old man shot her husband because he decided to return home from near Tete Jaune Cache. Her troubles are compounded when, at the ensuing trial, through an interpreter, they did not believe her testimony and the all male jury acquitted the old man and he returned to the U.S. McKirdy has written an excellent account of this historic event and should be included in any historical teachings of western Canada.
Date published: 2001-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Colour of Gold My grandmother wrote this book. I think that she did an excellent job, her story is interesting and her characters are believable. This is a must read for anyone!
Date published: 2001-01-17

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A compelling and moving tale of tragedy and the denial of justice, The Colour of Gold delves into the lives of Adelaide McCauley and her two children. A witness to the shooting death of her Métis husband by a crazed white miner, Adelaide must testify at the trial. Disrespected and ignored, she is horrified when a mistrial is called. Frustrated and hurt by the workings of a white justice system, she retreats back into the wilderness.