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Our Children in Old Scotland and Nova Scotia
Part II - Chapter XVII - Temperance Work

This has been a most helpful and blessed adjunct to the work for our children. We have been enabled at Hillfoot Farm to maintain a united and steady protest against drink in all its forms.

It will be obvious that this is the only safety where so many young people are concerned. In it we have received cordial sympathy and support from the public generally.

The Sunday evening service has very often been used to spread the cause of Temperance by the exhortations and warnings given, and it has not unfrequently been actually a Temperance meeting, at the close of which considerable numbers of people have signed the pledge against drink, tobacco, and swearing, and the good results of this are known to all.

Soon after I went to Hillfoot Farm I was asked to form a branch in Aylesford of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. I did not at first see my way to it as a stranger, but when, two years after, the request was again preferred, I could not refuse. The members asked me to become president, to which I agreed, on condition that I should be excused if hindered by causes over which I had no control. To this they agreed, and have been most forbearing, and we have quite a flourishing though small Union. I have thus been privileged to take part in Temperance work in other places, and to give addresses, invited by the W. C. T. Unions in various towns in the province. Also to take literature of a good kind, Temperance and otherwise, to the lumber camps, of which there are several every winter, near Lake George, and twenty miles from Hillfoot Farm. A large number of men are employed in these camps all winter, being thus cut off from home comfort and amusement, and are most thankful for the reading supplied. One winter I collected two hundred-weight of books and papers, which, as you may suppose, supplied many. I never enjoyed anything more than driving over the snow across the valley, up the South Mountain, and across the frozen lake, to the heart of the forest, where the lumber camps were. It took a short winter’s day, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but we received a warm welcome and a good dinner in the camp, and returned feeling we had carried what would give pleasure and profit to many through the long winter nights. Will any friends help this work by sending any second-hand magazines or books they may have by them?

Last November I was much honoured by being sent, at the request of Miss Willard, as the delegate from Nova Scotia to the World’s Convention of the W.C.T.U., held in Boston, which can never be forgotten by any who witnessed it, and the words spoken there by many of God’s servants must surely bear fruit for many days to come.

With this I close. I have told my tale, as I have been asked, of the history of my life-work for our children.


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