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George Millward McDougall
Chapter IV


Moves to Rama —Three years' residence at this place.

AFTER .six years of missionary work at Garden River, father was appointed by Conference to Rama, an old mission, one that had been very much run down by the dereliction to duty of its former incumbent Here there was not the paganism and crudeness of the previous mission to contend with, but there were as great difficulties in the way of the missionary; these consisting in the fact that very many of the people had backslidden, that very many of the surrounding whites were irreligious and intemperate, and that the facilities for obtaining the intoxicating liquors were more abundant.

Our missionary went to work to face these evils. Not only was his own mission very much quickened and strengthened, very many of the Indians being reclaimed, and a strong temperance sentiment cultivated ; but also work among the whites was engaged in by him, resulting, during his three years' term at this mission, in the establishing of two large circuits.

In the meanwhile the Church began to appreciate him as a missionary advocate, and during the winter months they called him out into the large centres to plead before immense congregations the cause which lay so near to his own heart. At the end of his term at Rama, in the June of 18ti0, to his great surprise, the Conference appointed him to Rossville, Norway House, in the Hudson Bay Territory, and also making him Chairman of the Missions in that distant land.


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