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Man-afraid-of-the-Water (°) is a Lakota chieftain of the American plains, well known to the trapper Pearson Denby. On one occasion he greatly surprizes Denby by approaching him with a view to acquiring some cannonballs, items that Denby had no notion the Lakota ever used. It transpires that the Waterloo deserters - left behind in America when Strange returned the city of Brussels to its native soil after he had moved it to prevent its capture by the French - have traded a brass howitzer and some ammunition with Man-afraid-of-the-Water in exchange for food. The howitzer, made by the Carron Company of Falkirk, is in useable condition but has run out of projectiles: hence the chieftain's enquiry[40].

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