- Officer Commanding of the North West Mounted Police -
( 1849 - 1919 )
|* List of the stories
appears in :
- D 95044 : "Hearts of the Yukon" (Lo$ #8b), from 1995, by Don Rosa.
* His biography :
Samuel Benfield Steele was born on January 5, 1849, ), in Medonte Township, Canada West, the son of Elmes and Anne Steele. After his father died, Steele went to live with his brother, and later joined the militia, in 1966, during the Fenian troubles and was a private in the Red River Expedition of 1870. He joined the Permanent Force Artillery in 1871. When the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway began in the early 1880s, he was in charge of settling its minor disputes. When this construction finished, he was in charge of policing the entire railway. In 1885, he was named Super-Intendant and commanded the mounted troops during the Northwest Rebellion.When the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway began in the early 1880s, he was in charge of settling its minor disputes. When this construction finished, he was in charge of policing the entire railway. He established Fort Steele in 1887 before moving on to Fort Macleod in 1888. He married Marie Harwood at Vaudreuil, Quebec in 1890.
He became Officer Commanding of the newly formed North West Mounted Police (NWMP) in the Yukon during the critical period from July 1898 to September 1899. Steele was successful in the NWMP and was promoted many times. For two years he was responsible for keeping the peace, running the mails, organizing fire-fighters and instituting drainage, sewage and garbage disposal and maintaining a pure water supply for Dawson.
When the Boer War broke out in South Africa in 1899, Steele was given command of the British Army unit, Lord Strathcona's Horse, whose main job was to scout for the enemies' position. He and his soldiers won high praise for their actions. From 1901 to 1906 he took charge of the South African Constabulary, styled after the NWMP.
When World War I erupted, Steele once again volunteered for active duty. He eventually became commander the Canadian troops in England, in the Shorncliffe area, and reached the rank of Major General, and he was even knighted on New Years Day in 1918.
He then retired and died of influenza on January 30, 1919.
* His place in the Barks/Rosa stories universe
In "Hearts of the Yukon", Super-Intendant Sir Samuel Benfield Steele arrives in Dawson City in 1898. Everybody in Dawson is scared and impressed about his coming. He explains the citizens of Dawson who he is and what he came there for, making almost his whole biography, as he is so pretentious. His secretary is Jack London, who is supposed to write down everything he says and does, and to suggest him ideas of slogan because he wants to impress the Queen and become a knight. The citizens of Dawson tell him that Scrooge McDuck is the source of all the troubles in Dawson, and "Glittering" Goldie O'Gilt denounce him for having obliged her to work in his claim (what she doesn't tell is that she had first tried to steal his giant gold nugget), so he wants to arrest Scrooge and send Inspector William H. Scarth to look for Scrooge in his claim and bring him back. But when he saves Goldie in a fire and when Casey Coot tells him that what Dawson people told is a lie, Steele decides to surrender the charges.
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