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
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
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
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
EMMA M. STIRLING.