June 2 - Found that all inhabitants of the Fort, the Simpsons, the McLean families (Hudson Bay people) had been taken prisoner by Big Bear's band and Fort burned after being looted of everything. The prisoners, about 20 men, women and children, were poorly clothed. Unloading the boats was the first order of the day. A mounted corps of Scouts and mounted infantry were detailed at once and sent to push north after Big Bear and to locate Strange's column. Spent evening with the Shell River gang - all old friends.