|Robert Mackay in jail, all for research of course|
An early scene in “Soldier of the Horse” involves the protagonist, Tom Macrae, getting thrown into the local gaol. In reality, my father (alter ego of Macrae) never told me he actually saw the inside of a cell, and it probably didn’t happen. Even so, I got a big kick out of finding a salvaged jail cell in a Winnipeg museum.
Did Tom Mackay ever scratch his name onto the wall of the steel-clad cell? Not that I could see!