246 THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO
vice. He served for a time as inspector of schools in addition to his other work.
"There was not a doctor within sixty miles; still I never knew of a death in child-birth. Cuts were common when the bush was being cleared, and were treated with home-made salves."
"Two or three families were dependent on one cow for their milk in the early years," said Charles McDougall, an older brother of Neil. "In the first two years, we never once tasted meat, and our tea was made by using burned bread crumbs. Scones were fashioned on a rough board split from a basswood log. People in the township of Bruce, to the north of us, were still worse off. I have seen them drive past our place with oxen drawing home-made wooden carts that frequently got stuck in the mud holes. The people of that township, like ourselves, had to go to Kincardine for their sup-plies; but in their case the journey extended over two or three days."
A typical incident of pioneer days in Bruce County was mentioned by Mr. McDougall. In a year of scarcity three men started for Ash-field, two townships away, to secure potatoes. Growing hungry by the way they stopped at a cabin to ask for food.
"I have only enough in the house to make supper for the children," answered the woman who came to the door.
"Then we cannot take that," said the men.
"But you will," was the instant response. "My husband has gone off for flour, which he will surely get, and the children can wait until he returns. Come in and eat."