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Na-Na-Kwa or Dawn on the Northwest Coast. No. 5 Raley, George H. Jan 31, 1899

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Array loti
Dawn ok the Northwest Coast.
Wo. 5.
January. 1899.
Dear Friends :-
We come to you with the season's
greetings. While living here in an isolated
place, one of the remote corners of the
world, we do not forget the holiday feeling
which pervades the hearts of men, women
and particularly of children. Our happiness has consisted in striving to bring joy
peace and merriment to the natives. As
we say a last good-bye to the old year, we
desire to express gratitude to our Heavenly
Father for the kind providences which
have attended us; especially do we return
thanks for pieservation of life in times of
serious illness, and for whatever success
in missionary work, by his grace, we have
The close of the year brought to us
cheering news. The Woman's Missionary
ISociety made a liberal grant for building
purposes in connection with the children's
home at Kitamaat. Such appropriation
calls not only for warmest gratitude to the
Woman's Missionary Society, but also devout thanksgiving to God.
Nanakwa is no longer an infant of days,
as this issue commences its second year.
For a young baby it has seen much of the
world, finding its way, not only to friends
in all parts of Canada; but also to the
British Isles, and more remote parts of the
Eastern Hemisphere.
As this missionary letter is printed
chiefly in the interests of the Children's
Home, we send it forth in the name of
that Saviour who welcomed little children
to his  bosom;   in the  name  of the Good
Shepherd who said "feed my lambs"; in
the name of the Divine Master who sent
his disciples to teach all nations, to instruct
the ignorant,  and to reclaim the lost.
IN HIS NAME we start upon the labour
of another year and have this request to
make which we are sure will be welcomed
by all interested in the work. Our request is one for prayers. Let petitions
rise for the missionaries and teachers, and
we shall get the guidance and comfort of
the Holy Spirit; let petitious rise for the
people, and they will receive showers of
blessings, and above all let a petition be
for the children who are the great object
of solicitude; that everything dene may
tend in some way, and m some degree, to
win them over to Christ.
Yours sincerely,
Geo. H. Baley.
For several months Wahuksgumalau
tarried at Port Simpson making good use
ofhis time, "schooling {he Bible". The
difficulty of language retarded somewhat
his progress. Knowing neither Tsimpsean
nor English, the Cninook jargon had
to be the link by means of which, communication with these people of another
tongue was possible. Notwithstanding
this disadvantage, it was intensely sweet
to go to the mission church, and listen to
the silver-toned voices of the Tsimpseans
as they sang such hymns as:—
I love to think of the heavenly land Where white robed angels are;
Where many a friend is gathered safe
From fear and toil and care.
There'll be no parting jfo%g/'
Although the words conveyed but little
meaning to the mind of Wahuksgumalayou
yet they fired him with a determination to
face the future hopefully; and set his big
heart throbbing with desire to know more
of the heavenly home about which they
were singing. Then the missionary would
stand up in the "church house" and take
that wonderful Book containing God's
message fiom Heaven, and read such passages as:—
"Come unto me, all ye that labour,
and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest."
And with tender but powerful words of
love, the ambassador for Christ would
graphically relate the story of God's gift
■toman. He would tell of Christ's mis-
£sion, of forgiveness, of a Father's welcome
and of eternal life. Great happiness came
to the wistful soul of Wahuksgumalayou.
Many a time had he feasted his senses on the marvelous beauties of nature.
In summer frequently would he wander
alone about the solemn rugged forests of
hemlock and pine, or he would stroll lower
down the valley where with more grace
vine-maple, willow, and rose-brier, grew
side by side; while under his feet lay a
thick carpet of flowers, varying in colour,
and emitting at every step fragrant perfumes.
All nature delighted him. The animal
world was one of his studied With birds,
%eastS) and fishes he was familiar in name,
:and wiih theii? habits he was quite conversant. Had he not also feasted his eyes
thousands of times on the surpassingly
grand scenery of his own inlet, had he not
'dwelt all his life amongst the wildest, and
most beautiful forms of nature. —j The
chiming rivulets, silvery cascades, roaring
cataracts, snow covered peaks, mediaeval
glaciers, dark forests, thousands of islands
had been with him from infancy. It
charmed him to gaze on the mysterious
above, as —
"Silently one by one, in the infinite
meadows of heaven.
Blossomed the lovely stars,
the forget*riie*uets of the angels."
He always had the listening ear for natures sweet melodies. He could hear fine
music when others of different temperament would only find ccnfused sounds.
To some, nature is all out of tune; but to
Wahuksgumalayou it was the exquisitely
toned organ of the universe, upon which
a great beneficent spirit played the grand
Hymn of Wonder with perfect harmony.
Wahuksgumalayou was one of nature's
sons, but none the less truly was he a
child of God, beginning to see that for his
moral being there Was a spiritual world,
an untold wealth of beauty upon which to
feast his newly found sight. His spiritual ears had already caught strains of heavenly music, such as angels sing, and this
new song "Peace on earth, goodwill towards men" was infinitely sweeter, than
earth's grandest recitals. His spiritual being was refreshed while listening to the
happy services of the mission church, and
he learnt more fully that the work of
redemption was greater than the work of
"Twas great  to  speak a world from
Twas greater to redeem."
After some preparation, Wahuksgumalayou was baptized by the Rev. T.Crosby,
taking for his Christian name Charlie,
and as Charlie Amos has he been known
to all our missionaries on the N. W. Coast,
since that time. S'jSi
Before the close of the year he was
joined by a canoe and boat full of young
men from Kitamaat, who were desirous
of spending -Christmas at the christian
village of Port Simpson, to see the "new
[To be continued.)
Some of the Bella Bella Indians have
moved to their new town-site, where already they have built several houses and
a wharf.
Four new light-houses have been erected since last June; which we pass, travelling from Kitamaat to Victoria, viz,
At The Sister Islands — Cape Mudge—
Egg Island ( Q. C. Sound.) — Millbank
By Rev. 8.8. Ostebhout.
I am glad to state that this mission is
progressing and keeping time with matters
in general along the Coast. Secular and
civil matters on the Reserve are managed
by an elected council, and so well m hand
is their business that immorality, vice, and
ciime are all but obliterated. At the present (Deer. 1st.) the rate-payers are busy
with their statute labour, repairing the
stieets; and making a general survey of
the village. Old streets are being closed
up and new ones opened, so that in the future Port Simpson will present even a more
modem appearance than it does at present.
Arrangements have been made to illuminate the streets, and mission church, with
acetylene gas. I find the Indians tractable
and obliging, and am greatly encouraged
in my endeavours to teach them. Old and
young alike take an interest in learning
the Word of God, the doctrine and the
enterprises of the Christian Church.
We are glad to report that Dr. Bolton
has returned from the East, and very sorry to record that during his absence the
death rate was very high, numbering 15:
this clearly demonstrates the fact that
medical missionaries   are  indispensable.
We were very glad of the service of
Dr. Rush for a week or 10 days, when en
route for his mission on the Naas. He did
excellent work and his careful conscientious
services were very much appreciated by the
Indians. Mrs. Shaw whom we very soon
learned to appreciate as a Christian worker
joined the Doctor and his good wife; we bespeak for this trio a very happy and useful
career on our interesting mission at the
The vacancy created by the resignation
el Miss Beavis as sewing teacher fiom the
staff of the girl's home at Port Simpson,
has been refilled by the appointmeut of
Miss Elliot lately from Ontario.
It is reported that gold-bearing quartz of
more than ordinary richness has been
discovered on Finlayson's Island adjacent
to the harbor on the reserve.
The boy's home is being remodeled and
the lumber from the old mission house has
been utilized in enlarging.
Miss Blanchard of Athens Ontario is out
visiting her sister Mrs. Bolton at the
Dr. Bolton is preparing to build a residence near the Hospital so that the whole
of the present building may be utilized for
Hospital purposes.
Miss Spence has returned after her furlough in the East and with her accustomed
zeal is cheerfully pursuing her duties.
We have had several fires but owing to
the efficiency of the fire department, the
hard master was kept in check. The fire
department contemplates the purchase of
a 40 man-power engine, and are now negotiating.
The Ship "Columbia" SOOOtons a three
master, owned by a Seatle firm, went on
the rocks about 15 miles North of Port
Simpson, two weeks ago. She first struck
on the rocks off Tongas, but having escaped this crashed on the shore at the point
above referred to. Steps are being taken
to save the donkey engines, and certain
other small machinery.
A canoe of four Kinkolith Indians went
to Port Chester with furs to trade for provisions. Having obtained provisions and
loaded their canoe heavily, they started
for the Naas. Though six or seven weeks
have elapsed nothing has been heard of
them. John Poole reports, that on his
way from Port Chester recently, he saw
evidences of shipwreck; broken boxes and
boards from the bottom of the canoe were
seen washed up ashore where the high tide
had left them.
Last week a company of three white
men, prospectors, includiug a doctor, secured Paul Brenson's schooner. The following Saturday having made a trial trip
they returned and cast anchor near the
wharf. Owing to the violence of the gale
she parted her ropes and went adrift, also
wrecking very much in the same place as
the ship referred to above. The white
men were able to save themselves but nothing else. They subsisted on mussels for
8 days. Joshua Wells out on a sealing expedition found them all but famishe". He
cared for them till he returned. A NEW WORKER'S ARRIVAL.
Miss M. J. Walker.
When I left my friends in Ontario, the
last of September, I little thought 1 would
spend my Xmas. in Kitamaat, but so it
is. In talking of the work with Rev. Mr.
Crosby before I left Toronto, he told me
they needed a teacher very badly at Kitamaat as well as other places along the
coast but I said I would not think of going
to any of those places so far out of civilization, not even Cape Mudge, if my brother
were not there, but after I was a lew weeks
there, hearing of the much greater nee d
at Kitamaat I could not refuse any longer.
Not but that there was plenty to do at
Cape Mudge, but Kitamaat has a Home,
and the work in connection with the homes
is to my mind, the most satisfactoiy work
among the Indian people. So I again said
good bye to my friends and started for
Kitamaat. However it is not till you have
spent four or five days on a journey that
you realize how for you are getting away
from all you hold dear. In all this distance there was little change of scene, the
channel through which we travelled was
not very wide; with the exception of a
small Indian village once in a while, five
in all, there were but rocks and mountains
to be seen on each side. Though always
interested looking at these places, it was
not with the keen interest I felt as I came
on deck to get a view of Kitamaat, situated at the head of an inlet not more than
three miles distant, the mountains towering to the sky on either side, and as a
background to the village high hills covered with evergreen. The houses all stand
facing the sea with just the width of the
street between them and the beach; as the
street which is about half a mile in length
is nearly filled, some of the houses are
built some what on the side of the hill;
among which are the mission house, the
home, and the school. Though there are
a number of very well built houses, and
3ome quite pretentious ones, it was not
difficult to tell which was the mission.
As I stood that morning and viewed the
place which was to be my home, at least
for a time, in that sequestered spot all
covered with fresh snow4 I thought it presented quite a pretty picture, but as the
People began to rua out o n the street to
see the incoming steamer, which always
causes much excitement in these out of
the way places, I was reminded that life
here would be real. And sof I have found
it. While our missionaries here were
quite pleased to see someone who had lately come from civilization, and my welcome
was so warm and hearty as to make me at
home at once, I soon saw that there was
little time for auy thing out side of the
work here, I wondered before I came how
one matron and the missionary could possibly run a home, and attend the many
wants of an Indian village but I find two or
three earnest jpeople can accomplish very
much, for when you consider how short a
time it is since these people were in darkness, and when ycu compare them with
heathen tribes around, they show great
improvement; but it has not been gained
without a vast amount of persistence and
work before. I am always impressed with
the spirit of earnestness in their meetings,
you never have to wait in a prayer or testimony meeting for some one to take part.
It may be they do not know much about
christian living, though it is surprising
how much some of them know, but they
desire to do right.
Ever since I have been here Mr. Raley
has scarcely had time to eat his meals,
we have never sat down to a meal that be
has not been called two or three times to
the mission room, from early morning
till late at night, some one wants medicine, or council, or instruction or some
dispute to be settled, or some wrong to be
righted. Then there are the sorrowing
to be comforted, and the sick to be visited
and these perhaps do not receive all the
attention they should, because no one has
the time.
I think the poor neglected babies claim
the greatest sympathy from me, not but
their parents mean to be kind, but they
do not know how. As soon as the days
get a little longer, and I can get a few
babies' outfits ready, I intend to show
how to wash and dress them. There is
a large field here for a DEACONESS or
NURSE. There are so many sick to be
cared for, Mrs. Raley regrets that she
has not more time to give to this part of
the work, but she does not count all the
bowls of beef tea, gruel, and custards she makes, nor does she realize, how she, by
her comfort and cheer, infuses us with
fresh courage, for it is not that she has
nothing to trouble her that she is always
cheerful, for there are many things to try
her, anyone who has kept house knows
how hard it is'to do so without plenty of
water and how trying it is when in a hurry to wait ten minutes for some; it need
not take quite so long, but an Indian girl
is never in a hurry, and may be while out
she meets a friend and has to talk for a
little, and as you know she has had to
climb a slippery hill, you do not care to
find fault, but it is rather a slow way to
get all the water you want to use for every
thing. I often wonder if some of our
friends at home who have not only every
convenience but luxuries could see how
some of our missionaries have to do, if it
would not inspire them to do more for
their comfort in that way, and give them
more time for other work. Most of my
time out of school hours is spent visiting
the sick. Every evening except Saturday
night, there is a meeting of some kind,
which I generally attend, unless I stay
with the girls to allow Miss Long to go,
so my time is fully occupied. Though we
meet with difficulties and discouragements
there is a joy in being able to help those
who are trying to improve.
During the month of December I had
the pleasure of visiting Port Simpson at
the time of the Girls' Home semi-annual
school examination, From all standpoints
it was highly satisfactory, and reflected
great  credit on the teacher  Miss Paul.
The children are bright and the answers
were prompt and accurate.    Between thirty
and    forty  children    are  in  the   school;
divided into seven classes.
The subjects taught are:—
Reading, Spelling, Dictation, Grammar,
English, Writing, Geography, History,
Arithmetic, Hygene, Music, Bible Study
ERRATUM:- for Hygene read Hygeine.
Result of Examination.
For general proficiency:-
Third Class.
1st, Maggie Pattyson.
2nd. Sarah Bryant.
(Hannah Taylor.
3rd.  (Lily Jones.
Second Class. tott&tf' --(
The whole class excelled.
Second Class.    Part 1.
Jn reading and spelling.
(Maria Poole.
(Lizzie Swanson.
j Jane Poole.
I Alice Walsh.
jSelina Wesley.
{Eliza Watson.
First Class.
Reading, spelling, writing. S^hE*
(Mary Harris.
■J Martha Henry.
(Lucy Green.
The staff are unmistakably well fitted
for the work assigned them, and thoroughly interested in the moral, intellectual and
physical wellbeing of the children.
The following incident related to me by
Miss Paul will show the strong religious
feeling prevailing  amongst the  children.
"When the home was quarantined a
few weeks ago and the children were unable to go out on account of the measles.
Miss Clarke the matron held services
with the children regularly. These meetings were deeply interesting. Upon one
occasion, a Sunday evening, when Matilda Mckay lay dying, Miss Clarke spoke
about Dives and Lazarus and the future
world. Then she asked: — How many
would like, and will try to meet Matilda
in Heaven ? all the gills rose to their feet
by way of promise; and they have been
doing very well since."
A large girl said to Dolly on one oecas-
sion — "Doily if you dont do your work
well, you are sinning against God/'
Dolly replied—"I dont think so."
"Yes you are," said the other girl, "for
Matilda told me so."
Continued Pageff.)
When I wrote my last letter so many of
the girls were just getting over the measles.
1 was extremely anxious about one little
girl Mary who was very ill, for many weeks
she was too weak to feed herself and
became so thin I was almost afraid to move
her, but she took a turn for the better and
improved rapidly, she is very fat and
well now and does not look like the same
child, so with a thankful heart I write
this time.
Another Xmas has gone we have tried
to make it a happy time for the children
and know they have enjoyed it. On Xmas
day the church was crowded and everybody
seemed to enjoy the services, the decorations were very pretty. We were up early
on Monday morning; the girls^ had their
Xmas dinner at eleven o'clock and relished
it, especially the pudding which was a big
one, they went home for the afternoon and
I went to the mission house. After dinner
we attended to the soup for the old people. On Saturday the girls had prepared
enough vegetables for their own dinners
Sunday and Monday; for the old people's
there was a boiler nearly full of soup. As
we had decided to have the Xmas tree in
the church we thought it best to give the
old people's treat there so that they might
enjoy the tree. I remarked to Mrs Raley
the greatest satisfaction of the day to me,
was the way the soup disappeared; buns
and tea were'supplied as well as soup.
We had some singing by the children,
then the Xmas tree which was a splendid
success: Mr Anderson dressed up as Old
Father Xmas, he wore white beard and
fur coat and came running in with two big
baskets of toys; the curtain before the tree
was drawn up and he threw the toys down
beside it. Amelia one of our largest girls
amused me having never seen Old Father
Christmas before she looked so frightened
and jumped over three seats pushing past
the children, I had to tell her not to be so
silly it was only Mr. Anderson, before she
settled down. He asked a few questions
and spoke a little in English which Mr.
Raley interpreted, he then left his best
wishes, and departed. The tree was a
great treat they had never seen one properly dressed before, it was nicely lighted up
with  small candles.     Miss  Walker with
the help of the little girls made a hundred
bigs foi candies and nuts. The school
children who did not belong to the Home
got a little present in their bags the Home
girls and boys got a bag of candies and a
present, every body was satisfied, nothing
could have pleased the big girls more than
some bags Father Christmas brought from
Moulinette they contained combs or scissors, soap, thimble needle cases & pins, the
little girls were made happy some with
dolls, others bedsteads, dishes one with an
extension table, and another with a chair.
Father Christmas picked up a great many
of his toys in Vancouver. Not only the
children but the missionaries were remembered each received some gift. On Tuesday evening the children gave their entertainment in the schoolhouse we had a good
program, every "Home" girl either recited
or sang they did well, especially the little
ones. Besides the toys and Christmas
presents we have received a quantity of
shaker flannel which is very acceptable we
still need dark gingham, some bedding,
and towels.    E. E. Long.
Into the Tsimpshean Language, by the
Rev. S. S. Osterhout together with the
Chiefs and wise men of Port Simpson:—
Nagwadim gu wagait zim lakha ga,
Am n'loduksadi da na wan.
Am mi shababa mi dim wil shaaxya na-
Na shigaudkin la il wains gazim lakha-
ag,  am dim giak di walhalizoki,
Ginam '1 agum a sha gwa am da skabu
da na waneim,
Ada am mi lug wil gauil na hadadakimi
Ni wal da 'la dip di wila gaul na hada-
bakadi dagum,
Ada gilaumsa dahapdim a spagait gan-
Yagai kshdilimaudgum a hadakgut da
haik.    Amen.
[Having no accented type, it is difficult
to print in the vernacular with letters from
the English alphabet, and make it pro-
nouncable.    G. H. R. ]
"Even the night shall be light about me." " Hell is like that" a little girl was
heard to say, as she lifted the lid from the
range , in the kitchen at the Home, aud
a stream of fire blazed out.
"Its worser than that," remarked another.
I am much obliged to Miss Clarke who
cheerfully showed me over her large and
well-kept Home.
This work undertaken by the Woman's
Missionary Society is highly commendable
and aims not only at the training of mind
and hands, but also lays great stress on
the building up of the christian character.
During  the
have been:—
quarter just ended,  there
5   births.
1   death.
A fire occurred in the house cf Enoch
Clarkson on New Years day. Our vigilant
Fire Brigade made short work of it.
The board side walk damaged by fire
some time ago has been put into a state of
good repair  by the  council.
Frank Wilson and Joshua Mckay, have
each built a house one-story high, cottage
roof, which when finished will be com-
foitable and warm.
Some carpenter work has been done at
the Home during the past quarter. And
foundation is laid for the main building,
which will be proceeded with shortly.
The S. S. "Barbara Boscowitz" was
floated by a few enterprising Victorians
during the high tides of December, she was
beached near Kitkahtlah, and when last
heard of was in tow by the S. S. "Thistle"
bound for Victoria.
A petition has been sent by the Kita-
maats to Mr. Maxwell M. P.,— asking
that the New Salmon Regulations shall not
be enforced in the case of Indians. To
insist upon them would largely deprive
Indians of an important means of livelihood.
The S.S. "Nell" Captn. Oliver brought
in supplies for the Home from Victoria
late in November. Mr. Raley went out
on her, and brought in a load of lumber
from Georgetown Mills on the 12th. Deer.
visiting a nd holding services at Hartley
Bay on the return trip.
A violent gale of wind struck Kitamaat
on the 30th. of December, and continued
with lulls for three days. Some houses
badly racked had to be braced, and their
roofs tied down. As we were about to go
to the Watchnight Service, the Chief of
the Watchmen (chief of the native police),
came to tell the missionary that the people
were afraid to go into the church as it was
unsafe. It. will either have to be taken
down soon and rebuilt, or more strongly
braced and enlarged.
On Thursday the 28th. day of December
the Temperance Hall at Kitamaat was
formally opened by the Missionary and
Officers of the Temperance Society, the
whole village was invited to the opening
feast and a very eujoyable time was spent.
The building which is 35ft. by 22ft. was
obtained by hard work, logs being given in
exchange for lumber. Ail the work .was
done gratis by the Templars, and with a
subscription, nails, windows, doors, and
paint were bought.
Notice has been given that application
will be made to the government of the
Province at the next session, for an
Act amending the " Kitamaat Railway
Act 1898," by granting powder to the company to construct the Railway from the
head of Kitamaat Inlet North to Copper
River, and East to Telegraph Trail: thence
South and East to the South end of Ger-
mansen Creek, at or near its confluence
with Omenica River, in the latitude about
55*47 North, in lieu of the route prescribed
by the Act of 1898.
Three gravestones have been* placed in
the burial ground in memory of the departed, and one "in memory," of the living,
awaiting his decease, of which apparently
there is no immediate prospect. The latter
Chief Jessea had the pleasure of participating in the erection of his own grave stone.
In a few cases gravestones are placed
much as statues might be unveiled, or
monuments erected to perpetuate the name
and deeds of great men. In others there
are more serious features which we deploie
such as the perpetuating of the old
•totemic" spirit,  and heathenish customs.
"One LORD, One Faith, One Baptism.1'
At the Mission Church Kitamaat.
Nov.6th.—Margery, daughter of Thomas
and Susan Amos.
„ 6th.—David, son of Richard and Susan Amos.
,, 6 th.—Adelia, daughter of Jacob and
Matilda Duncan.
„ 18th.—Hannah,-daughter of Mark and
Louisa Morrison.
,, 22th.—Stanley,   son   of    John   and
Martha Legeak.
,, 28th.—Laura,   daughter of   Thomas
and Flora Stewart.
At Hartley Bay.
Dec.11th.—Enoch Epworth,   son of Dan
.and Julia Moody.
,, 11th.—Christiana, daughter of John
and Sarah Anderson.
,, 11th.—Ruth,  daughter of Sam and
Maria Wilson.
,, 11th.—Weiler Ralph, son of Arthur
and Annie Robinson.
„ 11th.—Hannah,    (adult)    wife   of
Malachi Webster.
At Port Simpson.
Dec. 4th. —Lilian Yeda Maude, daughter
of Rev. Smith Stanley  and
Amy Osterhout.
"Concerning them which are
asleep, . . . sorrow not."
Dec.23rd. Infant  son  of Frederick  and
Maria Grant.
Mr. Robinson went to Kitlope by a canoe on
Deer. 22nd.
Charlie Paul (Gwunnahnooitk.) and his wite
with Jonah from Kitlope, spent Xmas. at Kitamaat.
A canoe loaded with native policemen came
from Kitlope shortly before Xmas on council
John Amos (Geahdegeahow) who has suffered
from an affection of the knee is at present undergoing treatment at the Port Simpson Hospital.
Miss. M.J.Walker, daughter of the late Rev.
John Walker of Lucknow, Ont. has been appointed to teach the school, and undertake general
mission work.
Dr. Large will be a most welcome adjunct to
the missionary force on the Bella Bella D strict,
preaching the Gospel not only viva voce, but
teaching Christianity also by the unmistakable
evidence of loving deeds.
It would be a great boon if arrangement could
be made with a doctor to visit Kitamaat occasionally. It will be two years in April since we
had a visit from one. The missionary is at
times deeply distressed coming in contact v»ilh
complicated cases of illness he is almost powerless to help.
Mr. & Mrs. Heaton with their daughter Edith
and Mrs. Brown of the Str. "Nell" spent a
couple of days at the mission, in November.
They visited the Home and expressed themselves pleaded with the appearance of the children. The girls were charmed with Edith whose
gentle manner completely won them. This is
the iirst time a white girl has visited the Kitamaat Home.   Mrs. Capt. Oliver was also here.
We acknowledge with many thanks, the
following kind gifts which have reached us
during the quarter:—
Bale from Plainfield auxiliary, per Mrs.
(Dr.) Briggs; box from Waterloo, pfr Mrs.
(Dr.) Briggs; box from Vancouver, per Mrs.
Breeze; box from Milverton, per Mrs. Trim;
box fiom Victoria, per Mrs. Pendray.
I have never contributed 1o Nanakwa, save as
proofreader, but the other day, being the recipient of a Christmas gift, I decided I couM make
no better beginning than by acknowledging it.
My surprise v* as only exceeded by my pleasure.
The donors sign themselves, Servants of the
Province ( Onlario). It was very acceptable.
Maude Raley.
or Dawn on the North West Coast.
Phases of Mission Work amongst the Native
Tbibbs of British Columbia.
Printed and published at Kitamaat, B. C.
mEEV. g. h. raley.
Secohd year. bo. 1.
January 1899.
The fund is not only to defray the cost of
this quarterly letter; but also to assist in
the running expenses pertaining to the printing of the mission. week aftpr week over 150
sheets with the text or a passage of scripture, in both the klt-amaat and english
languages are printed, and distributed at
is held at the close of the morning service,
when the text is taught in both languages,
questions bearing on the subject are also
asked by the people. some hymns have been
printed in the vernacular and as time is
found more will be produced.
With many tbanks, we acknowledge the
following, received during the quarter.
DATE.          NUMBER. $
Dec 3  6  3 .. 00
„    3  7   1 .. 00
,,   12 8   1 .. 00
„   12  9  50
„   31   10  1 .. 00
Names are not published. The number
corresponds to a name. fo//
No. 5.
January. 1899,
|S To the EpworthLeagues, and Young
People of the Windham District, London
My dear Friends:-
I have just received a letter from
Dr. Stephenson (Cor. mem. Students' Missionary Campaign) in which he states:-
"The young people of Wingham District
Epworth Leagues desire to pray for you,
study your work, and raise enough money
to pay your salary this year." I cannot
rest satisfied till I tell you Low grateful I
am for the sincere interest you are desirous of taking in my. work. It would be
injustice to you to think that the resolve
of your Leagues emanated from any personal feeling towards myself, who am as
yet, almost a perfect stranger to you. I
. am persuaded the higher motive for your
action was the desire to faithfully obey
the "Go ye" of the Master; and to extend
His kingdom throughout the world, especially m this part of His vineyard. As the
missionary here it is not out cf place, if
the thanks are expressed by me. Both
my wife and 1 are deeply touched by the
thought that while we belong to Methodism as a whole, in an especial manner for
the present we belong to you.
There are many matters we wish to
write about, and shall take the first opportunity of doing so at length to the District
President. Especially are we anxious to
renlisfe your sympathy in connection with
the Children's Home, a cause in which the
W. M. S. of our church has done nobly,
and which we are striving by all means in
j our power to push foward.
Yours sincerely,
G. H. Raley.
We are thankful to 3ay Miss Long ma-
tion of the Home, who was so seriously
ill last November, has completely recovered.
[The following has been-received from
Hartley Bay or Kitkahfcah, an appointment of the Kitamaat mission, 50 miles
distant. We print it without^ny changes. •
The Chief Timothy Buxton is President
and at a social meeting related a story
which will be printed in a future issue.]
All this news hoping will be put on Na-
nakwa some more news we. got here.
£jrj|rf;>: Hartley Bay
Deer. 28th. 1898.
All about the Epworth League work 2nd
vice president Heber Clifton preaching on
the 28th. of Deer, the text St. Matthew
7 chapter 21 verse. The -Spirit with all the
League was very happy they all say they
will do what God say as it saying on the
the text. "But be that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven'.
Testamony Meeting. '
P Bates — I will do the will of my father
and thank him forever. X .   j
Thomas Nash — I thank God because he
save me from sin. X.
Rhoda Bates — More and more I want to
do the will of my father. X .
Mrs. Read — I thank my God because he
is my Saviour, and as long as my life   I
will love him.
Annie Rabinson— I want  to  love  Jesus
because he first love me, X .
John Nash — I thank God because he has
keep me every day. X.
E Dandas — J t&ank God because he save
me from all my sins. X.
Da Moody — I will follow Jesus as long as
my life, X.
-We have good time this winter we keeping going our work, our League is going a
head ahplie time we have a very good time
on Christmas day. The school boys -& girls
give us good Christmas song and after we
sing  Mr. Geo. Read give us cup a tea $£d lh
the people in the church giving collection
on the Christmas day we sing in the church.
I am Yours truly
Epworth League Secretary
Per E. T. Patelas
2nd. Vice Pres.
3rd. Vice Pres.
4th. Vice Pres.
On Wednesday the 26th. day of October
an Epworth League was organized at Kita- -
maat;   under the name of the "Band  of
Workers" Epworth League.
The officers elected were;—
Ron. Pres.  Rev. G. H. Raley (Kupbskaw-
Pres.    Robert Shaw (Ungwakpat.)
1st. Vice Pres.     Henry Nice (Etda.)
Thomas Amos (Geadzo-
John Bolton (Sonnahed.)
Mark Smith (Ahgwnaht.
G. L. Anderson Kupskleakum-
The evening of organization nine active
and three associate members were received.
Simple refreshments were served and enjoyed. Our modes of work in this native
League are slightly different from those
of the East;, nevertheless we have the
same object.
Our night school is quite popular.
All the committees have worked well.
We were much pleased to receive Miss
Walker late of Lucknow Ont. League.
Our monthly consecration meetings are
exceedingly interesting and touching, personal and practical. The girls give their
testimony and verse in English as well as
In connection with the social evening
Dec. 28th. the missionary gave a Magic
Lantern Entertainment.    250 present.
Special Choir under the management
of John Bolton rendered excellent music
during Christmas week.
At the January social meeting of the
League, Chief Jessea entertained us by
relating an Indian story, entitled "Abuks
Tlalumkwaks", good for reading at mission Band and Junior League meetings.
We will try and publish it in next issue.
The above is our badge carved by Alfred Weeley - Ungwagiunme, for the usv
of the League. "0k
I have received another ietter from
Hartley Bay giving an accouat of a trip
to Kitkahtlah for evangelistic purposes.
It will be printed in a future issue.
The missionary visited Hartley Bay ip
December. Had a good Sunday, several services were held.
The missionary meetings at Kitamaat
were held on Xmas Day. The collection
was double that of last year; the sub
scriptiou is for the most part conditional.
"if I get furs, mink, maitin, bear, I will
give a subscription".
Mrs. Raley*s infant class in Sunday
school has averaged each Sunday over 50
children between 8 or 4 and 7 years of
The missionary has received some very
interesting papers and statements regarding the early history of mission work at
Pert Simpson from Chief Arthur Wellington Clah.
Some of our Epworth Leaguers and
friends at times may be uneasy about not
hearing from us. Please remember we
are sometimes three months without mail.
We gratefully acknowledge account «f
Miss Lawrence's early   days   at  Kitamaat
tion with "Dawn at Kitamaat".
Tha missionary would like to establish a
library in connection with the epworth
league, to encourage reading amongst the
young pe >ple and k pec [ally thdsk wh . abe
leaving the h<»ms. for this purpose wb8hvll
be glad to acknowledge rkcript ok books
of the mmple8t character, got d irint, and
The Nanahwa is printed and published at the
Kitamaat Mission quarterly by the Revd.G.
H. Raley.


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