Embedded: Two Journalists, a Burlesque Star, and the Expedition to Oust Louis Riel

December 7, 2020
Embedded: Two Journalists, a Burlesque Star, and the Expedition to Oust Louis Riel

A revelatory narrative of the journalists embedded onColonel Wolseley's expedition to end Louis Riel'srebellion.In the spring of 1870, two reporters set off from Toronto tocover one of the biggest stories in Canadian history: ColonelGarnet Wolseley's 1870 expedition to Red River. Over the course ofsix months, the Daily Telegraph's Robert Cunningham andthe Globe's Molyneux St. John brought readers along asthey paddled and portaged alongside the expedition's 1,100 troopsand 400 voyageurs and guides from the shores of Lake Superior toFort Garry.But that's not the whole story. Buried well below the fold wasthe fact that St. John's wife — international burlesque star KateRanoe — accompanied him and the expedition, and not just as anadventurer. Owing to an accident early on, Ranoe ended upghostwriting many of St. John's stories.Embedded is the remarkable story of two reporters andone extraordinary woman as they journeyed to Red River with ColonelGarnet Wolseley and his expeditionary force.