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260   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

The miller, his latent superstition aroused, was struck with awe and never after that did he even think of attempting to run the mill on Sundays.

A BOAT BUILT AT KINCARDINE

The family of Hugh Murray, of Underwood, moved into Bruce in the "famine year." "It was not the freezing of the wheat alone that caused suffering among the people," said Mr. Murray. "The grasshoppers ate the pea crop and squirrels scooped out the potatoes, leaving nothing but empty shells. If it had not been for the corn and wheat supplied by the Government, I do not know what the settlers of that day would have done.

"Then, when we began to produce again we were handicapped by the lack of a market. It was a godsend to the new settlement when G. H. Coulthard, from near Manilla, started business in our section. He bought anything the settlers had to sell, but his chief service to the community was in establishing a market for ashes and cord-wood. -What we received for these products seemed like `found money.'

"But people worked for that `found money,' all right," added Norman Robertson, who at the time this story was told was County Treasurer of Bruce. "I have seen as many as twenty Highland women, in single Pyle, on the way to the ashery, each carrying a two bushel bag of ashes from the burned (allows. These loads were carried as much as six or eight miles and the ashes were sold on delivery at two-


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