Previous Pioneers of Ontario (1923) Next

 

STRONG DRINK, RELIGION AND LAW 315

deep in mud, and through slashes where wind storms had left trees in a tangled mass. No building in Kincardine was large enough to hold those who came and services were held in the open. Rector McKay was precentor and the whole congregation joined in the singing, that familiar Psalm of faith and trust being their favourite :

`The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.' "

EXCITING SERVICE IN A MILL

"One of the first places open for service was Calder's mill in Beaverton," said Mr. McFadyen, to whom we have listened before. "One Sunday I arrived a little late and the building was already crowded. I had just taken my place near a set of stones, the Psalm had been given out, and Precentor Gillies was leading the singing, when there was a noise of grinding and wrenching and the next moment I found myself at the edge of a small precipice. Below was a tangled mass of timber, boards, and struggling humanity, while the noise of breaking timbers was succeeded by the shrieks of the terrified people.

"The floor of the mill had given way under the weight of the assembled congregation. Strange to say the only casualty was a broken leg, Miss McCrea being the victim. The minister on that occasion was the Rev. Mr. Galloway. An uncle of Dr. Galloway, of Beaverton, and Colonel Cameron, who owned part of what is now the Gunn farm, took charge of the work of rescue.


Previous Pioneers of Ontario (1923) Next