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144   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

the Bible stole the Indians' belongings, sold them into West Indian slavery, and when they conquered and killed, in 1675, their leader, Chief Philip, they cut off his head, brought it to Plymouth and stuck it high on a pole where the skull rattled for generations over the heads of these pious savages. The wrens at last came to nest in this brain-box, wherein had been hatched many daring schemes before ever a wrenlet saw light there.

Rev. Dr. Rand, with great zeal and ability, mastered the Micmac language and translated and printed the New Testament, Genesis and Exodus, together with reading-books ; and some Indians learned to read it, but they had no great inclination in that direction, not more than white people, and that is not much. Dr. Rand says that many of the Indians had not " so much as heard of the Bible," although they were all Christians by baptism. That Dr. Rand filled a long-felt need by furnishing them with the scriptures is not credible. They were evidently not greatly neglected by their own church, for even Dr. Rand said after he spent forty years in this work :

"I have never made it a special object to change their religion ; I could not see the slightest advantage it would be to them."


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