41:Montreal. May 1861
Civil war has finally broken out in America. Meanwhile the HBC court case is drawing to a conclusion. Jean-Paul followed by the HBC Advocate make their closing speeches. Sinclair and Watkin are in the Gallery. The Judge adjourns the case and promises a verdict the following day. Sinclair and Watkin discuss the progress of their deal. Sinclair believes that if the verdict goes against the HBC, which he seems to think it will, a majority of Directors will be prepared to sell. Watkin says that raising the finance is proving difficult. He is meeting some more potential investors in New York as soon as the court case finishes. Watkin feels that a trading franchise that can be removed with 2 years notice is causing the problem. Jean-Paul has dinner with the opposing Lawyer. With their work effectively over, they talk openly about the potential verdict. The HBC Lawyer says that it has always been a foregone conclusion. The original order will be overturned in favour of the Metis because the British Government wish to send a warning shot to the HBC. Bishop Desjarlais is in the gallery to hear the Court rule in favour of the Metis. Amid great celebration, a rueful Jean-Paul warns the Bishop that they have merely bought some time. The new enemy is the British and their settlers and Jean-Paul fears a bloodbath.
42:New York. June 1861
Finbar has been following the court case in Montreal with increasing interest. On the day that he reads of the outcome he is meeting with Lord Sedgemoor, the Cabinet Minister that had asked him to join the HBC Parliamentary Enquiry four years ago. Sedgemoor is visiting New York to guage the situation in America at first hand. Despite Finbar being a fugitive, Sedgemoor still respects Finbar’s views. The men discuss the Civil War. Sedgemoor is candid. The British Government have for many years feared the increasing power of the United States. They would much prefer to see it broken in two and will, if necessary, support the Confederacy to ensure this happens. Finbar is keen know matters about the overall British political situation. Sedgemoor admits that ongoing wars around the World have taken their toll