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over to the intruders and escorted them to the open road. When we reached the road one of the specials, a big muscular chap named Mosher, who either had not been converted or had backslidden, went up to the bad men and quietly remarked: `Now, if you chaps have not had enough, I will take you on one at a time and lick the crowd.' The challenge was not accepted and there were no more attempts to disturb that particular meeting.
"These old-time camp meetings, were held all the way from Orono to Whitby neighbourhood. Jacob Purdy's bush on the seventh concession of Clarke provided one of the camp sites. Among the preachers were Bishop Smith and Solomon Waldron of Mallorytown, Mr. Pirette of Whitby, and Charles Simpson of Sidney.
Mr. Powers led the singing at many of these gatherings. I heard him sing some of the old hymns when he was well past three score and ten, and even then his voice was clear as a bell. The Briggs family of Whitby were also among the famous camp-meeting singers of the 'forties and 'fifties.
Speaking of religious services in the early days, Mr. McDougall of Bruce County once said to me : "In the evening the family sat around the open hearth, where the great logs blazed, and sang Psalms learned in Scotland. On Sundays father and mother walked ten miles to church. Communion services were held at Kincardine once a year, these services lasting from Thursday to Monday. To these services people came from a distance of twenty or thirty miles, many of them along blazed trails, over swails knee