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Dawn on the Northwest Coast
No. 30. KITAMAAT, B. C. April,  1906.
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A Quarterly Letter Explanatory! of some
Phases of Mission Work Amongst
the    Native    Tribes     of
British Columbia.
Published at Kitamaat,  B. C,  by REV. G.  H.  RALEY  Nft-NA-KWH
No. 30.
APRIL, 1906
The   Wingham
My Dear Friends —
It has been our pleasure to receive several letters from the Wing-
ham District during the last quarter,
most of which have already received
answers and by the departure of the
next mail our correspondence will, we
trust, have caught up. I'm afraid you
will think your Missionary is very lax
in attending to that class of friendly
correspondence he so much enjoys.
I'm sure you all regret with me the
departure from our District of so many
staunch Leaguers whose interest in the
Missionary cause was' intense :— Rev.
loseph Philp. B. D., whom we are
delighted to notice, is this year the
President of the Conference ; Rev. K.
T. Beaton, the President of the District
League, whose company was to me a
source of enjoyment and happiness
while touring your District last Winter ; Wm. C. Thompson, the Missionary Vice-President, for whose removal
the only consolation we have is that
his sphere of usefulness is enlarged.
We have reason for gratitude in the
noble staff we have in both the new
and the old officers and convinced that
this year will be the best in our history.
just one thing I wish to mention in
this brief letter. I am fully convinced
of your interest and sympathy for my work j let me ask you all to allow your
sympathy full sway in regard to our
most pressing requirement—
Rally around this idea ; •
Tbink about it ;
Talk about it ;
Act upon it.
It can be done without causing other
interests to suffer.
Most sincerely yours.
George H. Raley
It is rather late to write of Christmas things, but we feel that "Na-na-
kwa" must not be issued without some
reference to the entertainments.
Christmas, with its festivities, was a
huge success. The Annual Tree was
in its place on the evening of Christmas dav and was most generously
laden. It held a gift and a bag ot pop-
cc rn for every young man and maiden,
for every boy and girl,' for every baby
and even for their grandfathers and
grandmothers. In connection with
the Tree there is always plenty of
chorus singing.""ibut the big Concert
ha^ an evening specially set apart tor
it. I think we were justly proud of
the one given this past season. Dr.
Bower had the tedious task of teaching
the words of the songs to the children ;
the mere babes swarmed to the school
house day after day to share in
the practices, and one of the very nicest parts of the program was that taken
by the infants. . Their motion songs
called forth"great bursts of applause.
A new departure was a dialogue
pertaining to the birth of the Messiah.
Three young men and several girls
took the parts ana", really did remarkably well. They deserved all the mpre
praise in so much as only two of the
performers had eyer witnessed a dialogue.
Another item that provoked loud applause was a "Wand Drill" by twelve
large girls, who were dressed uniforra-
ilv in white. They went through tbe
exercises with as much skill as English
jjirls and formed a very pretty sight.
Tb& small k°y§ fto fcadadriU for
the first time and went through it perfectly.
Still another important and unusual
feature was the singing of the hymn!
"Lead Kindly Light," by Miss Long
(a hidden soloist), and its illustration
in most graceful posings by twelve
large girls. A great deal of credit is
due Miss Martin for these new departures as she gave her time unsparingly
to the practices. There were a couple
of pretty recitations, a chorus by tbe
young men and other songs by the
children ; in all twenty-two items were
The third entertainment was Mr.
Raley's Special. For years past he has
given a Magic Lantern Exhibition
during the Christmas holidays. This
year he had many new slides ot a varied assortment. There were several
Kitamaat views and these most familiar scenes were received by the Indians
with enthusiastic delight. By way of
variety there were a lot of selections
on the ever popular Zonophone. A
tableau called "Rock of Ages" was another attraction. It was represented
by a young girl kneeling at the foot of
a cross and clinging thereto with outstretched arms and upturned gaze.
Miss Agnes Robinson, one of the Sunday School scholars, did the posing
and with her graceful figure and pretty
pale face made a beautiful picture in
the soft, mellow light which shone from
the lantern. Many of the people
thought it was a real picture instead of
a human form.
—M. H. R.
A Hew Entertainer.
Before leaving Toronto last Summer
Mr. Raley received a Zonophone from
some friends of Queen's Park. He
guarded it quite jealously until Christmas .week when he brought it forth
one evening and entertained a large
audience of Indians. The people were
charmed with the music, it was indeed
to them a new entertainment.
The Zonophone has played a very
prominent part in all our gatherings
at the Mission House, both of whites
and Indians. After the Christmas Entertainment Mr. Raley carried his
"talking box" to the homes where
there   were   any   sick  or  ipfirrp   apd
cheered them greatly* So wonderful to them was the reproduction of the human voice in song
and speech that different ones asked,
looking with astonishment into tbe
horn of the 'phone, "Where is the
man ?"
—M. R.
Christmas Gifts.
Amongst all the Christmas Gifts
which were distributed at Kitamaat
perhaps none gave so much pleasure as
those received by the boys of the village. We were just a little perplexed
to know how we would find presents
for 90 children of all ages, over 50 being boys, when lo ! on the Tbursday
evening before Christmas we were
greatly surprised bv the arrival of the
"Donnie," from Hartley Bay, with a
quantity ot freight and in the pile were
two boxes from Montreal filled with
gifts for the boys. We could not have
been more pleased or excited had they
been for ourselves. It was Friday
evening before we were at liberty to
unpack them and I think in so doing
we exhausted all tbe appreciative adjectives of tbe  Engiish language and
possibly put in a few kitamaat ones.
When we had looked at all the parcels
and at midnight sought our pillows we
were as satisfied mortals as could be
found. But imagine the sajlplaction
of the boys on Christmas night when
the Tree was dismantled. A good
many of the larger ones got cretonne
bags fitted up with a variety of things.
Soap, towels, wash cloths, combs,
tooth brushes, knives, writing material, books, bibles, toys, pins, thread,
needles, candies, etc., were some ot
the articles distributed generously
among them. Even the babies were
remembered by name.
Now many will be curious to know
the donors—they were ladies of the
Mission Circles of the Mountain Street
and Dominion Square Churches, Montreal. We now publicly return them
our heartiest thanks for their interest
in our bovs. If they could visit Kitamaat they would see those bags hanging in the homes and would hear, with
their own ears, the delight they had
given. It is no new thing for the girls
in the Home to receive a "surprise"
bag, but it was a perfectly new experience for tbe boys so generously
M. H. Raley.
Who does not love the small boy ? A
world of fun and mischief lurks in his
merry heart and twinkles in his eye.
What though he does play tricks and
by his distinctly audible shouts of
laughter and the general "up-set" condition of affairs which follows in his
train, leave vou nowise in doubt that
"there's a boy about the house ?" Yet
he is just what we need to keep this
old world from growing stale and we
could better afford to do without any
other of our fellow inhabitants than
the small boy.
We were much gratified on reaching
Kitamaat seven months ago to find as
bright, mischievous and fun-loving a
group of these juveniles as it has often
been our privilege to know. Would
our readers like to make the acquaintance of these most interesting little
natives of the far Northland ? Then
come with me.    Do you see that group
sunning themselves on the pile of lumber close to the village streets ? They
are engaged in animared^cqnversation.
Let us draw near aud listen. "Boys !"
the oldest one is saying, ^"Boys ! if you
could have anything you wanted, what
would you choose ?" This was a puzzler. The idea of having anything
they wanted fairly took their breath.
For a few moments they thought hard.
"A boat !" shouted one ; "A store filled with candies and oranges," came
from another quarter. Then one little
fellow threw both arms high above bis
head and shouted "I know now—a
Home for us boys like the girls have."
"That's it !" "That's the best !"
"That's the very thiug !" they all
shouted together while they laughed
and clapped their hands at the bare
thought of realizing what they had
often talked about among themselves
as something only visionary. fioats and candies and oranges fell
into insignificance before this vastly
greater treasure which they had long
coveted and they looked inquiringly at
their larger companion who had asked
the question as if they wondered if he
had been endowed with the power to
bestow it upon them.
"Would they teach us to sew ?" asked one wide-awake little fellow. "Ye-
es, aud knit too," answered the one
who sat beside him. "I can sew,"
piped out the smallest boy in the
group. "I put this patch on,my pants
myself." As we looked at it we did
not doubt his word. "Say, boys, we'd
have a dozen hens," said one with dilated eyes. "A dozen ?" exclaimed one
more advanced in arithmetic. "Humph ! that wouldn't give us one egg
apiece. We'd have three dozen!"
"And some geese too !" added the little one. "We'd have a big garden
and grow turnips, and carrots and onions" — "and potatoes." added one
with Irish tendencies. "And we'd
have a flower-garden and grow just the
finest flowers in town." broke in another. "We'd take the First Prize
at the Fall Exhibition," shouted out
one little fellow in ecstasies.
"Owahla ! Owahla !" (You bet ! You
bet !) came in chorus as every lad tossed his cap high into the air.
"Say, boys, why can't we have a
Home anyway ?" queried a little fellow
who had been sitting for some time
with thoughtful mien, taking but little
part in the conversation. "Well, you
see, its the money," explained his larger companion. "If our Missionary
could get that I reckon we'd have it in
a hurry." "But where did they get
the money for the Girls' Home?" spoke
up a shrewd little lad sitting well to
one side of the group. "The girls
say the ladies gave that," answered
his companion opposite.
"Well then, why don't the 'gentle-
mens' give us money for ours ?" responded the shrewd boy. "We boys
want a show as well as the girls ; why,
they can do everything up there at the
Home. Some of them can even play
on the 'biolin,' and see how they always know their Golden Texts on Sunday, and when it comes to the day to
go over them all they can repeat 'em,
every one, without shopping once. I
don't believe we could ever learn 'em
like that, boys." "Yes we could !"
shouted half-ardozeo in chorus,  "easy.
if we only had sorrie one to teach us at
home like they, have."
Just at this time the school bell rang
out lustily and each boy ran for his
stick of wood and made bis way up the
hill to the little ^white schoolhouse.
As they filed in through the door the
girls from the Home came bounding
down the hill with merry laughter.
That afternoon the boys did not work
much in school ; they did not even
show any inclination to mischief, their
minds were busy trying to work out
the "Home Problem." After four
o'clock one of them was heard to say
to the others as they slowly descended
the bill to the village : "Say, boys, if
we don't get it I wish we'd never talked about it, don't you ? It makes a fellow want it almost more than he can
Is it not pathetic, dear readers ? Here
are these little Indian boys longing for
a "Home" where they can be trained.
They knoy their needs but are helpless
to meet them. We have in the village
twenty-five between the ages of six and
fourteen—bright and interesting, every
one of them. During my seven
months at Kitamaat I have taken considerable pains to become acquainted
with these boys, and during the practice for Christmas entertainments, had
the opportunity of studying many of
them individually. I am satisfied that
they are capable of making rapid advancement under favorable conditions.
I have asked myself over and over
again : "What will be the future ot
these boys ?" It is an important question for in it is involved to a very great
extent the progress of the tribe. These
boys will compose the tuture Councils,
will make the laws, will stand as the
heads of households—in short, they
will make the tribe.
Our Missionary Societies are supporting a Mission and a Girls' Home
here. Both of these have done for
years and are still' doing noble work,
but they do not and cannot do for the
boys what is necessary to insure the
future of this people—and will it pay
to allow a good work to stop short of
completion ? Our work needs the
Boys' Home to round it up. The girls
are receiving an excellent chance for
development, the boys almost none.
Will it pay ? Is it fair to the boys ? Is
it fair to the girls who must in the
course of events go into homes with
these boys and be thus debarred from
carrying out the ideas they have been trained to cherish ?] Under 'present
conditions the development of the
tribe can be but onesided. What we
want is an all-round development. A
Bovs' Home would make this possible
and would insure a bright future for
this people. The building is a matter
of about twelve hundred dollars. How
easily that amount is raised for some
purposes ! Why not for a work so vital
where immortal souls are at stake ?
We lay the matter before our readers, "On the Banks of the Besor."
What will you do with it ?
Annie T. Martin.
THE   IV. M. S.
Unless vou are right on the ground
you will find it difficult to fully appreciate the work done by the devoted
women of the W. M. S. More are
needed on all the Missions of teachers,
nurses and home-keepers. British
Columbia affords peculiar opportunities
for the gentle ministry and friendly
visiting of Christian women. While a
pastor or Superintendent is necessary
to Mission work on a station for
obvious reasons, the possibilities in
results, the details in execution depend
more upon women than may be realized by those who read the reports only
and have no chance of viewing the
field at close range. The best efforts
a man can put forth in any good cause
are incomplete unless supplemented by
woman's work. Perhaps nowhere have
women been more self- sacrificing than
in British Columbia, nor with better
results. I think now amongst others
of the late Miss Lavina Clarke, of
Coqualeetza Institute, and the Crosbv
Girls' Home. Women for less heroism
less unselfishness and seif-sacrifiee,
than that displayed by Lavina Clarke
have been sainted in other churches.
However much may be known personally of the good she did, and recorded
in the history of the W. M. S., there
is infinitely' more unwritten which
eternity alone can reveal. She was a
patient, toiling, brave woman, whose
name is blessed by hundreds of Indian
girls who have been brought under
her influence.
A Yisit to the Aged.
It was a bright day at Kitamaat. To
any of our readers who have ever visited this ideal spot these words will be
sufficient to suggest to the mind a
picture of beauty and delight. There
is something irresistible about a
"laughing Spring day" here. It
makes you want to shirk every household duty and get out of doors with
the birds and chattering squirrels. It
makes you break forth into merriest
laughter in spite of the strenuous cares
of mission life. It was such a day that
we decided to take our family of girls
and visit the old people of the village.
Bright faces looked np smilingly when
we announced our plans tor the afternoon. All hurried to do the after
dinner work and to prepare the parcels
of clothing, tea, rice and sugar which
we carried along as free-will offerings
to our aged friends. When all was
ready the girls donned their shawls
and handkerchiefs and then the "loading up" process began. We had three
dozen parcels in all. These were wrapped in their aprons and secreted under
their shawls with the exception of
one, which we carried openly in our
arms for it was a special gift to a
special friend. Having completed the
"loading up" the girls took their
places and the procession decended the
the hill to the vrllage. It so happened
that each old person whom we were
to visit had a grand daughter in the
"Home" and these were commissioned
to enter the house first, state the
object of our visit and present the
present on our behalf. They acquitted
themselves very creditably indeed eyi-
dently feeling the importance of this
special duty intrusted to them. The
first call was at the home of Mary.
She was in a room at the further end
of the house. She was called and
after some little time appeared, creeping from behind an old shawl which
did duty as a curtain at a doorway. In
she came slowly on her knees feeling
her way along for she was bihifr. Just
inside the curtain she sat down on the
floor. Little Alice approached her.
said somethiug in her native language
and then the poor old face brightened
as much as one could that was set with
sightless eves. She took the parcels
and examined them carefully and.
putting her hand to her fread and then
-5— to her "heart said over and over again
plaintively, "T'ank 'ou, t'ank 'ou
Moodseiltb," (thank you chiefs.) We
stayed a few moments to talk with her
and then depatted, our hearts touched'
by the pathetic scene. There was just
one old man in the village, viz., Adam,
(the others* were away fishing.) We
next called on him and found him
sitting on the floor beside the stove.
He eyed us wistfully as we filed into
the room. "Little Annie went to his
side and put the parcels into his hand.
He smiled brightly, for he has always
a pleasant face, and looking up at us
nodded meaningly with the usual
"t'ank 'ou," repeated with growing
expression. We now made our way to
the home ot Tzimdique, a noted resident of the town. "We found her sitting on the floor weaving a net to be
used for the ingathering of small fish
which will throug the river next
month. She seemed delighted with
the parcels, opening them to examine
the contents. It was here we bestowed
our "special gift" for we had been
delighted to receive from her a silura,
(or spinner for making twine from
StiBging nettles) as a Christmas gift
and wanted to show our appreciation
in some tangible form. These people
like tangible things and Tzimdique
was deltghted for she declared her
intention of reserving it for part of her
heavenly apparel though it was not a
"white robe." but one of red and
black plaid. After a most pleasant
visit here we proceeded to the home of
Jessie. Her little grand-daughter
Helen bestowed the gifts and made the
necessary explanation whereupon both
Jessie and her husband expressed
great delight. The latter was seen to
examine the contents of the parcel
containing the wearing apparel with
a smile of great satisfaction on his
face. A few doors more brought us'
to the home of Sophia. She was entertaining company so we staved only
long enough to exchange greetings
and present our gifts and then pro -
eeded to do our honors to Fecelia,
one door farther on. We found her
sitting beside an open fire in the
kitchen. Her face, always bright,
fairly shone with delight as little
Clara handed her the parcels and she
opened them to examine the contents.
"She thanked us heartily and said they
were.all very nice. We nexc called
on Lucy. She was out so we left the
gifts with her husband   and   went,   on
to the home of Maria. We .did not
all go in here as there was in the same
room a man suffering from a crushed
limb the result of an accident while
logging. We had out one more call
to make and that was on Jane, who
lives at the extreme North end of the
village. We found her very sick and
also sad for her husband had died but
two weeks before. She sat up to receive the. gifts from her little granddaughter Dora. It was with difficulty
she opened the parcels to see their
contents. Having examined them,
a faint smile crossed her worn face
and nodding her head she looked up
and repeated feebly, "t'ank 'ou Moodseiltb, t'ank 'ou". As we turned our
faces homeward, we sincerely thanked
God who had permitted us to send
one little ray of sunshine into the
lives of these poor old people, and
mindful of the countless blessings with
which He each day crowns our lives,
we determined to "share up" more
often, remembering that He said "In
as much as ye have done it unto one
of the least of these, ye have done it
unto me."
Annie T. Martin.
Our Christmas this year was one of
the best we have ever had. Santa was
very good to the girls in sending them
each a pair of new stockings filled with
treasures. Friends who so kindly sent
us bales will be glad to know that they
did much towards giving all a happy
Christmas. We entertained the people
as usual which kept us busy for nearly
two weeks. The children did well at
the Christmas Entertainments.
Since the New Year we had much
anxiety owing to an epidemic of
whooping-cough among the girls.
With some of them it was very severe.
One little girl, our youngest, during a
fit of coughing, broke a blood vessel
and dxepi in a few hours. Everything
possible was d5ne for her, but we could
not save her. We are glad to say that
all are better now.
The weather for the last few weeks
has been delightful. We have been
able to take the girls for a walk occasionally which is a great treat after
being shut in so much during the
I As most of our readers know, these
people are very fond of music. Our
Home girls are no exception to the
rule. Since the holiday season we
have been able to resume the violin
lessons with the older girls. They
enjoy them very much and are making
good progress. Four copies of "The
Finest of the Wheat," so kindly sent
as from Montreal, have done us good
service in our violin practice.
Our hens are keeping up their reputation in giving us plenty of fresh eggs.
As the turn comes for different girls to
feed them, each is ambitious to exceed
in tbe number of eggs she brings in.
We often hear them say duriag the
day*. "I wonder how many eggs I shall
get to-night."
mi i E. E.  Long.
Personals and Locals.
Mr. Geo. Robinson, J. P., returned
from the South in February, after several weeks' absence.
Captain McCoskrie and Mr. Winter-
bur ne, of Hartley Bay, are now regular
visitors on tbe Str. "Donnie."
Mr. John Nohberg Wintered in the
Vallev and left in February by trail for
Skeena and tbe Bulkley Valley.
Messrs. Macbeth and Moore returned from their trapping in December
and spent Chrisfmas at tbe Mission.
Mr. G. L. Anderson made a trip to
Vancouver and Victoria in January and
looked extremely well on his return.
Messrs. Steele and Dunn remained
this Winter at Kitamaat and are continuing with the development work on
. the "Golden Crown."   The claim looks
In January the S. S. "Tees" landed
a party ot eight white men, most of
whom were returning to tlazelton and
the iutenor-after having spent Christmas in Victoria and Vancouver.
Messrs. Dockrill and McCullough
arrived on tbe "Donnie" in December
and crossed to tbe Skeena in wretched
weather and consequently over a bad
trail. They set out to explore the
Copper River Pass.
Mr. James Munroe. manager of a
Placer Gold Mining Company, Omen-
ica, accompanied by Mr. Wallace, spent;
a few days at the Mission house in
February while waiting for an   Indian
£aide,  They set o«! ia %m$ spirite
for their 300 mile tramp to their diggings.
Whooping cough has, as in other
villages, been epidemic.
Word comes from Hartley Bay that
a very gracious revival has been going on for some weeks.
Captain McCoskrie, of Victoria, with
his family, has taken up- residence on
his property adjacent to the Indian
We regret to hear that the Str. "Nell"
was this Winter wrecked near Mitlah-
kahtla. Strange to say the old "Nell"
was wrecked near the same place in
1899. She had recently been launched,
in fact was running her first trip.
Mr. I. M. Keely, of Barkerville.
Cariboo, spent a fortnight at Kitamaat
looking about at what he believed to be
the terminal point of the G. T. P. He
was most favorably impressed and left
by canoe on the 6th of March for
Gribbell Island where he expected to
catch a South bound steamer.
Rev. A. E. Green, H. M. Inspector
of Indian Schools, visited Kitamaat by
the S. S. "Venture" in February for
the purpose of inspecting tbe schools.
Mr. Green, with his wide knowledge
of Indian character and Indian educational work generally, will seek the
best interests of the Indian children.
Mr. John Fountain, prospector, set
out by the trail for Hazelton, but most
unfortunately, in some way got his
right arm injured and it became greatly inflamed. He returned to Kitamaat
and had it treated by Dr. Bower. After a month at the Mission House he
again "hit tbe trail" on the 8th March.
The steamer "Unican" was here in
February with an Old Country party
aboard. We understand they investigated the channel in the interests of
an ocean steamship company plying
between England and the Orient and
the Western coast of America. They
visited the Mission, took some photographs and expressed themselves well
pleased with the harbor and channel,
March is a very safe time to "hit the
trail" for Hazelton, for a month or six
weeks, it is quite sure to be in prime
condition. Mr. Newell, who passed
through Kitamaat In January on his
way to Hazelton and who arrived back
on the i§tb, of March, says he bad an
excellent trip. He had been doubtful
about returning as be bad been;told. the
trail would, be well nigh impassible
but §9 waj ©leased to find fcf fcfld \$$$
m1m misinformed. He states the travelling
could not have been better. He accompanied the mail carriers and none
of them wore snow shoes, the walking
was so fine.
Of the Royal Canadian  Humane  Association's Medal to David Wilson,  of Kitamaat.
A very important event of the holiday season was the presentation to
David Wilson, of the Royal Humane
Society's Medal, awarded for his heroic
conduct in the saving of Samson
Robinsou, a five year old boy, from
death by drowning in October 1904.
It was indeed an act of real bravery, as
the rescuer was quite advanced in
years and at the time in an enfeebled
state of health.
Rev. G. H. Ralev, Missionary at
Kitamaat, took the matter up and
brought it to the notice of the* Gov -
ernors of the Royal Canadian Humane
Association, who justly awarded the
The presentation was made at Kitamaat by Rev. Mr. Raley on the evening of our Christmas Entertainment.
All tbe white people af the vicinity, as
well as the Indians, were present to
witness the interesting event. Early
in the ^program David was called to
the platform and Mr. Raley, speaking
in the Kitamaat language, highly commended him for his deed of bravery.
"It was an act of noble Christian merit," he said, "and well deserved the
recognition it had received at the
hands of the Royal Canadian Humane
Association. Kitamaat was proud to
possess one who had brought to it such
high honors." Then holding the medal up to view, Mr. Ralev said, "It gives
me great pleasure to place upon the
breast of our friend, David Wilson,
this Royal Humane Society's Medal,
awarded for conspicuous bravery in
the saving from death by drowning
of Samson Robinson, on October 15th
i()04." At this junt-ure he stepped
forward and pinned the medal on
David's coat. A 1 uist of aoplause
broke from the entire audience
David was visibly affected, aud replied in feeling terms saying   that   he
was proud indeed to be the recipient of
the first Royal Humane Medal which
had ever come into this part of
British Columbia. He felt that in
rescuing the lad he had only done
his duty as any man is bound to do.
He would treasure the medal highly,
he said, because of its significance.
He trusted that having been regarded
as worthy to receive it. he might ever
prove worthy to hold it.
Annie T. Martin.
Reserve Notes.
Houses are being erected in the new
part of the village. Jonah Howard
has a good model and Enoch Clarkson
is putting up a large frame  house.
The Kitamaat Indians are a sober
people when at home. The influence
of the Council is good and there is
a bealthv temperance sentiment in the
The Council is working well and
doing its best to keep matters straight
in the village. The Couucil is feared
by evildoers. David Grant is the
Chief Councillor.
In hunting the entrapped animals
should be given no needlees pain. To
neglect traps is a loss to the hunter
and torture to the animal. A fine
mink was shown tbe oth«r day with
half the skin gone, an eagle had eaten
tbe other part.
The Council claimed from all tbe
people three days' work, statute labor,
on the road tbe last of the year. Very
excellent work was done and a fine
wide road has been made along the
water front, above the highest tide
mark. Another three days' labor
should complete tbe work.
We have a local industry which it is
well to encourage ;—viz, the carving
on wood, models of old totems
for curios. These stand from 2 to 2^
feet high and make a handsome and
imposing ornament for a mantel or
bracket. An Indian story is connected
with each, they are worth $5.00 and
Bob Wright, one of our quiet men,
was the subject of a very painful
accident lately. While logging be was
caught by a falling tree and his leg
was crushed and the patella broken.
It so happened that one of our boys,
Edward Gray, recently returned  from Coqnaleetza Institute, was able to
render first aid, thanks to his training.
When the injured man was brought to
Kitamaat the next day, the Doctor
found it required very little extra
attention.    Bob is doing well.
Great success has not attended the
efforts of our trappers this season and
we ask the reason. Are the fur-bearing animals scarcer? No! Are the
skilled hunters losing their cunning ?
No ! Ratber we believe the open
season has much to do with it ; little
snow and the mild   weather.
Chris. Walker, a Coqnaleetza Institute boy, has returned to his native
village, a credit to his teachers. The
night of his arrival he took a Christmas stand.
Most of the people are now at the
hunting grounds around the inlet,
Giltoueise, Kildahlah, Miskatleigb,
Gittassab, Cassiea and smaller camps.
This is the season for trapping mink
and marten.
The Temperance Society has been
reorganized aud a new flag and large
flag staff been obtained for the Temperance Hall.
Feasting and potlatching,   with   all
concurring evils, have   not   been   en
gaged in with  much   enthusiasm  this
past season.
The Missionaries here are much
cheered by the manifestation of God's
blessing on the usual Sunday and
week day services. Every week someone has expressed a determination,
with God's help, to lead a Christian
Whooping cough has been epidemic
in fhe village. An epidemic of this
sort is fraught with serious results to
the natiue children with tendency to
pulmonary diseases. Several infants
have died.
The apple trees, so kindly sent us by
Mr. A. W. Vowill, are doing well in
the sunny Mission House garden.
We are trusting that they may mature
duly, as in this land, where only small
fruits are procurable, apples would be
a much appreciated   boon.
We are grieved to chronicle the fact
that our brother. Rev. D. lennings,
has gone from us. We had learned to
love him and were quite shocked to
hear of bis stroke   a  couple   of   years
ago at Port Essington, B. C. Although everything possible was done
to effect a recovery he gradually
weakened and passed to his reward
on Dec. 6th, 1905.
Brother Jennings rendered to the
Indians of Port Es>ington over twenty
vears of unremitting, self denying
He was deeply interested in all
questions relating to the Indian problem. He worked hard at the Tsim-
pshean language, that through the
mastery of it. he might the better
serve the people to whom he had given
his life. ,
He labored faithfully and fearlessly
and did an immense amount of quiet,
unobtrusive, useful work. He was of
a cheerful disposition and was always
happy doing the work for the   Master.
Archery is a favorite amusement at
tbe Mission in the Spring and all the
young boys have bows and arrows.
Emsley Raley has a company. Miss
Martin is the chief   ally.
Mr. Raley tells a story relating to
archery. Some time ago a young
Indian brave 12 years old, the son of a
Chief was, for want of larger game
always shooting at crows and ravens.
His arrows were blunt but often sure
of their mark. The ravens resented,
and one bright Spring day as the boy
wandered alone near one of their
.communities, he heard a loud cawing
and flapping of wings, he was quickly
surrounded, seized by tne angry birds
and flung to the ground. Some held
down his arms, some his legs, others
pecked at his breast ^ lacerating the
flesh till the blood flowed. He was
powerless, every time one pecked it
-did so with a "coo-caw," and the youth
expected death and was determined to
die with out shewing fear when deliverance came from an unexpected
quarter. In the early part of the day a
member ot the raven community had
been sent forth to seek for food. He
returned flying swiftly and with a
great noise calling all the raven tribe
to follow him immediately, stating that
a great dead whale was thrown up by
the tide and lay stranded on the beach
on the opposite shore of the inlet.
Without delay these wonderful
"people of the    airJ'   followed   their
—9- scout to feast on larger game. The
boy released, returned quickly to'his
home, related his adventure, had bis
wounds dressed with healing leaves
and a great feast was held in his
honor. Doubtless his story explains
a reason why Indian boys rarely shoot
a raven.
Hatural History Hotes.
Ducks of many varieties are found
here in tbe Spring.
The first butterfly was seen on March
9th flying over the roof of the Mission
Thousands of wild geese spend tbeir
time on the tide flats and talk so loud •
ly that you cannot hear yourself speak
when in the vicinity.
The harvest of the sea is wonderful ;
an acre of good fishing ground will
yield more food in a week than an acre
of tbe best land will in a year.
During March the porcupine spen ds
most of his.time "up a tree" day and
night, as the bark, bis food, is more
tender than around the trunk.
The inlet has been visited by
hundred of whales, porpoises and
seals. The seals eat the herrings and
they in tnrn are devoured by the
White swans, in their migratory
flights, rest here in bays and at the
head of small inlets branching off the
Kitamaat Arm. Chief Moses McMillan killed one of giant size the other
The oblacban are expected to run
early this Spring. Seals have been
recently shot in the harbor with the
stomach full of indigested small fish
which means they have not come far
since eating the fish.
Wolves are wily fellows and are giving some trouble to the trappers. The
traps are baited with a bit of fish, the
wolves in passing smell tbe fish and
quietlv snap the traps and take the
bait. You have seen dogs bury bones,
and not unearth them for some weeks,
the same instinct is in tbe wolf. As a
provision against hunger he takes care
in the Fall before the rivers freeze to
catch salmon and cover them on the
bank so that failing to find venison,
- mountain goat or rabbit be can return
to his hoard of salmon. One or those
little piles of salmon was found latelv
and th© fish were nea^y as good, as   if
f resbly caught,
of good old Methodist stock, is a sister
of Kev. D. E. Martin, of London, Ontario. She is endowed with gifts which
make her a very successful Missionary.
Her faith, sympathv, education, her
teaching career, her training in that
most excellent institution of the W. M.
S., the Deaconess Home, Toronto,
from which so many excellent and devoted Missionaries have gone forth, fit
her tor an eminently useful Missionary
life in any part of the world. In tbe
Iudian work the best is none too good
and we congratulate the Wonjan's
Missionary Society on their new worker.
Mr. A. Lindeborg. prospector, of
Lindeborg Bros.,' Iron Mountain, Kitamaat, was a castaway last December
on Pearce Island, Dixon Entrance,
near Port Simpson. He had started
from Portland Canal for Kitamaat in a
sloop but was driven ashore by the
winds and his boat dashed to pieces.
He managed to save his blankets and
some provisions. Every night the
wrecked man built a fire on the beach
and by day hoisted distress signals but
in vain.    Mr. Lindeborg   says "Three
steams paistfr it but g febD« Astatic*
is**iijs=# IfOttl the Island and it wad anguish td
me to see them pass without noticing
ray signals.*'
At length his food running short, be
found it necessary to endeavor to leave
the Island. He constructed a raft,
after spending three weeks of useless
waiting, and then experienced a trying
sea voyage on it. narrowly escaping being washed overboard. He finally
reached Port Wilson on the mainland
where he was succored.
He bad the pleasure of Mr. Linde-
borg's company at the Home where a
gathering was held on New Year's day.
He told us his Christmas dinner had
consisted of tea and  hard-tack.
accomplishment. Why medicine fihouid
be given at a certain time is puzzling.
Why it would not have the same effect
four, five or six hours later is an un-
solvable mystery.
Now what we require here is a small
building to which we could remove
the sick, give them good nursing and
nurishing food, and where we could
see that directions were obeyed. We
could show the women and girls that
pure air, cleanliness, good food and
good nursing are just as necessary as
medicine in caring for the sick, and
when we succeed in teaching these
things we shall have done much towards making them an intelligent and
self-reliant people.
Dr. Bower.
Dr. Large writes that tbey bad a very
enjoyable Christmas at Bella Bella.
"A fine 20-foot sidewalk has been
laid through the village, made of 2-in.
thick plank, sawn by our own Indians
in their sawmill. . The getting of the
logs, cutting the lumber, and laying
the walk has been a means of grace to
many of them. There is talk now of
the new church next year, so we are
looking up."
I wonder how many of our readers
have ever been sick ? If you have been
you will remember that the best room
in tbe house was given to you ; some
one was always ready to attend to your
wants, and nice little dishes were prepared for you in order to tempt your
appetite. Now, if you can, imagine
yourself ill in a room about 16x20, oc -
cupied by seven, eight or nine other
people besides yourself, the room of
course containing a stove, and everything else belonging to each individual
who "calls it honie. How can a patient
be properly cared for under these circumstances ? Is there any use in talking about ventilation ? Very often tbe
sufferer is placed right beside the stove,
but why say "It is too warm for comfort." The room is.small, the meals
must be cooked, and many things must
be done regardless of the fact that tbe
sick-room is not the proper place for
work of that kind. Preparing appetiz-
ng food for an_invalid is aa  unknown
Christmas Decorations.
The decorations were a very important item in our Christmas celebrations
at Kitamaat. The Mission House and
the Home were elaborately decorated
but the church was the centre of interest. The people take great pride in
beautifying this each year for the
Christmas holiday season. Two or
three are appointed to superintend the
work. 1 The small boys bring the evergreens and are then dismissed, for after once the operations begin inside no
mortal eyes are allowed to gaze thereon, except those of the artists, until it
is opened on Christmas Sabbath morning.
This year it was richly trimmed with
festoons of evergreen. 'These were
draped around the whole auditorium
on the outside wall. Tbev also stretched diagonally across from corner to
corner and were caught up in the centre. From this point hung a lars:e
evergreen bell decorated with glass
balls of bright colors. Similar ornaments were also scattered here and
there along the festooning. High up
in the front of the church, above the
pulpit, was the word "Welcome" in
large evergreen letters, and beneath it
"A Merry Christmas." Over tbe door
leading to the auditorium were tbe
very suggestive Words, "Great and
Marvellous are Thy Works." Here
and there bright colored stars were
set up bearing such texts as *'Christ is
Born," "Peace on Earth ; Good Will
to Men," &c. The whole effect was
very pretty indeed. 2nd A boat to carry the Missionary
between some camps and Kitlope ;
by sea a round trip of 200 or 250
3rd A nu tuber of pictorial Bibles or
views of the Bible :—a want not so
difficult to meet. Joseph Paul, a Kitlope, who has adopted Kitamaat and
has recently expressed his desire to
lead a better life came to me last Saturday and asked for a "picture bible."
He said "I sit down with my family
and I cannot read, my face is wet with
tears. The pictures will help us. My
little boy is dying. I like to talk and
explain the pictures about Jesus. I
am sorry now I am too old to learn to
read the words of the Great Chief."
Some kind friend I know will send
me "picture bibles" or stories of the
Bible illustrated. Nothing so appeals
to these people as pictures of the bible.
Indians Still Increasing.
We Require
To Help the Work on the Kitamaat
Mission. •
1st A Boys' Home—This is our
greatest need. Boys have actually
come 80 miles to this place seeking
education and-training at our school
but we have instead of feeding their
young minds been forced to "send
them empty away." See Miss Martin's notes on this need.
The Annual Report just published
shows the Indian population of the
Dominion of Canada on the increase.
There is also an increase in the wage
earned by the Indians for 1905, over
that earned the previous year.
The Deputy Minister, Mr. Pedley,
in his report says that intemperance
among Indians is by no means the
widespread evil that some seem to
suppose. It is true that it is sadly
prevalent among some bands, but
among the better class it is extremely
rare. A marked improvement is taking place as far as drinking is concerned. There are 203 schools, an increase
of 5 over the previous   year.
The "Indian Liquor Act," combined
with tbe good influence of the Government officials and the work of the Missionaries and teachers, is doing an
incalculably good work.
The Indians in the Dominion would
have been extinct had it not been for
the good offices of those who do not
believe it is to the credit of the white
man to see the Indian disappear entirely. ■ T. P. and Kitamaat.
Many people on the N. W. coast of
British Columbia who know the country well believe that Kitamaat will be -
come an important factor in the future
history of the Grand Trunk Pacific
Railway. The following taken from
the "Morning Albertan," Calgary,
Ian. 22, 1906 tells that the terminus
has not yet been definitely decided,
vet indicares that Kitamaat will be the
first terminus at any rate : —
Vancouver, Jan. 10th, 1906.
A pass through the Rocky Mountains, the name of which has never
been mentioned in the public press in
connection with transcontinental] railways, is now being surveyed by the
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.
A statement to this effect was secured to-day from Mr. Walter Moberly,
who because of his iutim'ate knowledge of the various passes through the
Rockies, acquired through his civil
engineering labors in the mountains,
which date back as far as 1858, is in
the confidence of the Grand Trunk
Pacific officials.   .
"Survey parties are now in the
mountains searching for the most
feasible pass," replied Moberly in
answer to a question. "What passes
are under consideration ?" was asked.
"The Yellowhead, the Pine River and
another." said Mr. Moberly. "What
is the name of the oiher ?" "Well, it's
name has never been mentioned,"
replied Mr. Moberly with a smile, "and
the present is not an opportune time
to say anything about it. The information will come out in good time."
"Mr. C. M. Hays has declared that'
no announcement as to the Pacific
coast terminus will be made till the
surveys in the mountains have been
completed, and there is good reason
for that, as upon the determination of
the pass to be used may in great
measure depend upon ihe selection of
the terminus," continued Mr. Moberly.
"I expect that Mr. F. W. Morse will
come to the coast about May in connection with the commencement of
work on tbe road from Kitamaat Arm
to Hazelton."
"The Grand Trunk Pacific will this
Summer start construction on the line
from Kitamaat. This road will be
built on the charter of the Pacific,
Omenica & Northern Railway, which
was purchased by   the   Grand   Trunk
directors. It will be much easier" to
establish preliminary coast connection
by vvay of Kitamaat than from Kaven
Island, as from the latter Eastward
there are many miles of very difficult
work. One reason for the
purchase of the Pacific, Omenica
& Northern charter was that the
Grand Trunk Pacific officials feared
that tbe valley of the Skeena River at
the canyon might be too narrow to
accommodate two railways, and they
therefore bought the charter."
"I warned the Grand Trunk Pacific
against making a hurried selection of a
pass through the Rockies, and I exclaimed that it would be a very costly thing to make the mistake the C. P.
R. did in selecting a route involving
heavy grades, the heaviest of which is
over four per cent. My communication was heeded and officials came here
to consult with me. The result was
that no definite route through the
mountains was selected and in order to
avoid the error of the C, P. R. several
passes through the mountains are being thoroughly examined."
Letter From a K^amaat
Following is a specimen letter from
a Kitamaat boy, who, until two or three
years ago, spoke only Kitamaat. Since
he went to Coqualeetza Institute he
has made good progress in English
and is reported by the principal and
matron to be the makings of a good
man : —
Rev. Mr. Raley,
Kitamaat, B. C. :
Dear Friend.—I am very glad to
have this chance to write a letter to
you this pleasant afternoon for this is
a first time I'm going to write a letter
this year. I hope you had a good time
on Christmas and New Years day with
all the people. And I do hope the
people are all trving to live better lives.
We had a good time here. Our
Christmas entertainment was held in
our senior school-room on Friday evening, December 22. It began about
eight o'clock. The room was prettily
decorated with scarfs of pale green and
pale pink tissue paper and also with
evergreen and flags. One large flag
nearly   covered  the blackboard at the back ei the raeui*  ¥h@ tap paf t ec th*
windows were covered with ted tissue
paper and looked like stained glass and
they were decorated with evergreen
too. Rev. Mr. Hall, our Principal,
was chairman.
There were twenty-four numbers on
the program. There were three
choruses by our senior school and three
by the primary school. Beside this
there were twelve recitations, two dialogues, several speeches and a drill.
The drill was pretty. There were
eight boys and eight girls in it. The
girls were dressed in white with red
collars and ties. They all carried
sticks covered with evergreen.
We had a very, good time here on
Christmas and New Years day. I wish
you a Happy New Year and all your
family and the people.
Yours truly,
Robert Stewart.
b Wild Life in Kitamaat.
Missionaries, who are students and
lovers of Nature, have a thousand
compensations for the isolated lives
they are called upon to live other than
those which come to them to do good.
Britishers especially in all lands take a
delight in exploring where the mountains and valleys are untrodden by the
foot of the white man.
In unexplored territory, strata of the
earth's crust, peculiar combinations of
rock, phases of vegetable life, bird
life, insect life in a state of primeval
wilderness appeal to one's mind and
furnish a store of knowledge not otherwise obtainable, so that there is no
chance for monotony, no stagnation,
no lapsing into melancholy broodings
and dismal forebodings.
When only a youngster in England I
was encouraged by my father to turn
my attention to Natural History and
under the guidance of one Thomas
Lister, poet and naturalist, obtained
some workable knowledge ot Eutom-
ology. I became at times on half holidays his companion, chasing butterflies by day and sugaring for moths at
night. The love for "bug hunting"
never left me, but I cannot say that
Kitamaat is an ideal paradise for that
kind of thing. I believe everybody, to
havejan intelligent outlook on Nature
when he reaches mature years, should
t&kb tip* mm tatieli of ftafctttal His*
tory in early years, While Entomology is not so encouraging a field of
study for the naturalist as the sunny
South, the general subject, range of
Nature at Kitamaat is as rich with
specimens as any part of the world and
will amply repay investigation or research. Wild life is everywhere, in
front, Dehind. above, beneath.
Across the inlet lies the range of
blunt summits named by us the
"Hippopotamus" and "Crocodile,"
which tell the story of the ages as they
raise their heavy flanks and rugged
features to the snow-line. Below the
snow-line are great forests of spruce,
hemlock and cedar untouched by the
woodman's axe. From where I sit and
write these lines one can see where the
avalanche has cut its way down
through the heavily timbered sides of
the mountain leaving in its track a bed
for stream and cascade and a road
down which the grizzly bear treads
slowly but fearlessly in its quest for
food. On the lower reaches of the
range are open patches of natural
pastures where small plants and bushes
grow. These are the sheep pastures .
where at times, herds of mountain
goats may be seen grazing undisturbed. Great sporting whales last night
aroused us as they passed out of the
harbor with a strong North wind
throwing spray high in air, making a
misty cloud which shone bright in the
moonlight. The whales had either
been holding a conference or else more
probably like their human confreres
(natives who belong to the "fin back
whale" crest and call themselves by the
term used for whale) been having1 a
A few days ago, in front of the village, the inlet appeared to be the "play
ground" of the great leviathan, sea
lions and seals ; there seems to be much
of the human about the life of these
wild things. The ravens are with us
all tbe year round making raauv
friends. They do not migrate. • These
interesting birds have a lauguage of
their own, they laugh and cry and
play, they scold and sympathize with
each other, they love one another.
These birds frighten the dogs and
chase them along the beach for some
tasty morsel of old dried salmon or the
well picked thigh bone of a deer,
thrown out by some house-wife. They
are generally successful   in   such   en-
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counters and the dog slinks away leaving its treasure behind. The birds
are called the "people of the air" ; the
animals the "people of the earth" and
the fish the "people of the sea."
While the population is small and
unobstructive it is easy to observe wild
life will recede into more hidden parts
and higher ranges. While we look
with admiration and wonder at the
marvelous advances of civilization is
there no* a danger, at any rate in large
cities, of losing touch with the world
as God made it ? The cry in Europe
is ' Back to the land" should it not be
for some souls "Back to Nature ? "
Thomas Amos. I Kitamaat Chief,
has been at Kitlope for some months
as native agent and teacher. He is a
bright young man with strong Christian principles and is getting on well.
We sympathize with him in the recent
loss of his little child, Marjorie, who
died at the Home.
We believe the Kitlope people will
shortly move to Crab River or Cassea,
a good location for a village and on the
line ot steamers—Kitamaat route from
the South. Some slight aid will be
asked from the Government.
Owing to a recent windstorm the
church has been so badly strained it
will have to be taken down and rebuilt. It is now held firmly in place
by bracing poles on the outside but
there is a bad lean to it.
Even to us, the children of the white
men, with warmth and a plentiful
supply of food, the Winter means
much of darkness aud chill and
Spring stirs us into a sense of the
enjoyment of a fuller physical life,
but we cannot at all realize the great
joy of the aborigines.
To thousands of Indians on the
Pacific Coast, to thousands of Aleuts
and Esquimaux Spring means relief
from famine, from darkness, cold an4
physical miseries af all kinds.
Little wonder tney speak of the sun
as a "great chief recovering health,''
as he becomes stronger gnd gives
y/ann fomg i8F&f   '
Kitamaat joys with the rest of the
world. The children laugh and sport
on the beach and the mothers watch
them from the doorways where they
sit in the sun mending and making
their nets.
The red man rejoices, the white
man rejoices and Nature adds its
Will Auxiliaries and Mission Bands
please note that boxes or bales intended especially for the Girls' Home
should be addressed to
Girls' Home,
Kitamaat, B. C.
and those   for  General   Mission purposes to
Kitamaat, B. C.
Will our friends please bear in mind
that there is as yet only a monthly mail
service at Kitamaat. Owing to tbe
fact that the boat only waits a short
time in port, letters received one
month cannot, as a rule, be answered
until the following month.
While   attending   District   Meeting
and   Conference   in   the   South,   Mr.
Raley wishes to say   any   communications to bim, requiring a speedy reply,
if reaching Vancouver the last week in
April or the first two   weeks   in   May
could be addressed care of
Rev. Dr.  Wbittington
Haro st.
Vancouver, B.  C.
A New Year's Gift
A most acceptable and generous
gift came to Mrs. Raley early in the
New Year. It was in the form of a
fine new White Sewing Machine. The
fact that it came as a complete surprise
and from a most unexpected source
only added the more to the pleasure.
Tbe donors were the ladies of the W.
M. S. Auxiliary of Smith's Falls,
Ontario. A stranger who was at the
Mission House when the gift arrived
was greatly amused over the excite-
BietH it e3fl§8& * EMSLEY "am)    EDITH   RALEY Acknowledgments.
M. S., Napanee
We acknowledge with many thanks
the following kind gifts receiyed during the Winter : —
2 Christmas Boxes—Mountain   St. and
Dominion Square Churches, Montreal.
Barrel and Bale—W
Bale—W. M. S , Stratford, Ont.
Filled stockings—Santa Claus per Miss
Dolls   and   Toys—Oshawa   per
Box—W.   M.   S. Aux..    West
Church, New Westminister
Candies—Busy   Bee     Mission
New Westminister, B.C.
Bale—W  M. S. Aux., Windsor,
Bale—W. M. S. Aux , Trenton,
Parcel of Wools—Miss Davies, London,
Type—Dr. Briggs. Toronto, Ont.
Band Music— Whaley,  Rovce   &   Co.,
Toronto, Ont
Bale—W. M."S. Aux , Bluevale, Ont.
Sewing   Machine— W.    M.    S.    Aux.,
Smith's Falls. O'ut.
Zonophone—Misses and Mr.
le, Toronto, Ont.
S. S. papers -Miss Bower,
S. S. papers-
B. C.
Books—Mrs.   (Maj. Gen.)
tawa, Ont.
Bibles—Upper Canada  Bible   Society,
Nanakwa Fund.
This fund has been used in the past
to defray the printing expenses of the
Mission. In future we hope "Nanakwa" will pay for itself bv subscription or donation, and "Nanakwa Fund"
will be devoted to the most needv requirements of the work at Kitamaat.
Instead of a number the name wilUbe
Ian. 29—Mr. W. F. Green  $5 00
Feb.20—Miss E. Austin  1 00
"  20—Mrs. Jennings and Miss
Gould  1 00
"  20—Miss Mabel Copeland... 50
"  20—Mrs.  Cameron  1 00
"  20—Mrs. Wood  1 00
"  20—Mrs. Grearson     1 00
E. Flavel-
liss   Spencer, Victoria,
"Goncerning them which are asleep
.    .    .    Sorrow «o£."
Jan. 15—Emma Clarkson,      24 years
I   15—Matthias Wilson,       2 months
i   16—Geo. Paul Williams, 4 months
- Marjory Amos,
-Edmond McKay,
er Miss
-Joseph Wilson,
-Hannah Morrison
-Sidney Grant,
B.  C.
Dec. 3, 1905 — Rubv, daughter of Abel
and Jessie Ross.
Dec. 3, 1905—Elsie, daughter of Richard and Susan Williams.
Dec. 3, 1905—George Paul, sou of
Philip and Eliza Williams.
Dec. 24, 1905—Ethel, daughter of Mark
and Matilda Smith.
Jan. 7, 1906 —Edmond, son ot Arthur
and Emma McKay
Jan. 7, 1906—Matthias, son of Frank
an I Betsy Wilson.
Feb. 11, 1906—Siduey, son of David
and Alice Grant.
Fer>. 11, 1906—Donald, son of Frederick and Maria Grant.
Mar. 18, 1906—  daughter of John
and Susie Ryan.
Several Missionary periodicals find
their way to the Mission House. All
are interesting but none more so than
the Missionary Outlock published in
the interests of the Methodist Church
of Canada by Rev A. Sutherland, D.
D., of Wesley Buildings, Richmond
Street, Toronto, Canada.
The "Missionary Bulletin," containing letters from Missionaries to their
fellow workers at home, is also filled
with very encouraging facts. This is
published by Dr. F. C. Stephenson,
Sec. Forward Movement, Methodist
Mission Rooms, Toronto, Ont , Can. HAHAKWA
Eighth Year—No. 30
April, 1906
25c.  per year
Wingham  District   Echoes.
Wanted.—A Boys' Home at Kitamaat.
Favorable reports come from the
Leagues as to Missionary givings. Let
there be a good rally to close the year.
A fine program will be presented at
the Summer School to be held in
Wingham. Watch out for it and plan
to attend.
District Summer School at Wingham in August. A large tent will be
pitched on the bank of the Maitland
for the services.
The visit of Rev. Mr. Raley, of Kitamaat, to Wingham District was a
source of great pleasure and profit and
we hope to have him come again soon.
The mother of Mrs. (Rev.) Baker, of
Bluevale, last year's 4th Vice-President, has been seriously ill at her home
in Ethel but we hope she will take a
change for the better soon.
*A Home for Boys at Kitamaat"
should be the motto^f every Wingham District Leaguer. ' Talk about it;
Work for it ; Pray over it ; Pay toward it and do these things now.
Last Winter Mrs. H. Ham, of Luck-
now, who was Junior Superintendent
of the District League last year, suffered bereavement by the demise of her
sister and father. She shares in our
W. C. Thompson, formerly of Wingham, who was such an enthusiastic
worker for Missions in the District and
who has been filling as good position in
Toronto, has accepted a more lucrative
post in the city of Hamilton.
Rev. K. J. Beaton, the well known
past President, who has been junior
pastor on Port Stanley circuit this year,
is invited to Westminster, Middlesex
Co., for the next Conference year. He
is doing well as we expected he would.
Brussels Sabbath School has contributed $102.00 for the Forward Movement this vear, taking monthly Missionary collections. In addition to
this they made a present of $28.00 to
Bert. Lott, a pupil, who was going to
the Institute for the Blind at Brantford.
He has started a Junior League in the
Institution. Last year Brussels School
gave $ior.
There are oyer 30 Leagues in Wingham District and President John Kerr,
of Wingham, who took hold of the
work so energetically last Fall, has vised nearly all ot them with profitable
results, both numerically, "financially
and spiritually. He evidently enjoyed
the work. A more practical interest
will be taken in the Forward Movement and the doctrine of Christian
Stewardship has been widely sown. 5
cents weekly per member is aimed at.
Will every Leaguer in the District
"Lift up ?"
Will You Take a Share?—Readers
of this number of "Na Na Kwa" have
not failed to notice the stress laid upon
the necessity of a Home for the boys
at Kitamaat. It is expected that the
District Executive will take the matter
up and do their share toward promoting this much to be desired institution.
What will the various Leagues do in
this matter that will be practicable ?
President Kerr suggests opening a
subscription list for a Building Fund
and heads it with $10.00. Rev, A. E.
Tones, Secretary-Treasurer, Belgrave
P. O , will be glad to receive remittances for this fund. Take a share and
help Bro. Raley in his work among the
Indian boys,
—W. H. K.  s zr.


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