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148   IN THE ACADIAN LAND.

you, why has not the Great Spirit given it to us ? and not only to us, but why did he not give our forefathers the knowledge of that book with the means of understanding it rightly? We only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people ?

"Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it ? Why not all agree, as you can all read the book ?

" Brother, we do not understand these things. We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son.. We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers and has been handed down to us their children. We worship that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all favors we receive, to love each other, and to be united. We never quarrel about religion.

"Brother, the Great Spirit has made us all. He has given us a different complexion and different customs. Since he has made so great a difference between us in other things, why may we not conclude that he has given us a different religion according to our understand-


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