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320   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

Allin with a smile, "because I cradled most of the resultant crop myself."

 

THE CAVAN BLAZERS

" `The Cavan Blazers' were the social regulators of the early days in the northern part of Durham," said George Berry. "Now-a-days it is all law, law, law. If any little dispute occurs between neighbours, or if some one is acting in a manner injurious to the community, the magistrate and constable must be called in. `The Blazers' settled all such matters in the early days without delay, without cost, and with less of ill-feeling than follows upon legal proceedings now. Not only that, but they made the punishment fit the crime in the case of men whose offences could not be reached in the ordinary way.

"For instance there was one mean and generally disagreeable fellow, whose conduct was such as to call for a little discipline. In those days they teamed grain to Port Hope, more than twenty miles distant, and loaded their wagons the night before so as to get an early start the next morning. This man had a wagon load of grain all ready to go to market. When he got up in the morning he found the wagon, still loaded, astride the ridge of the barn. He may not have enjoyed the work of getting the wagon and bags down from the roof, but he was a better citizen afterwards.

"Then there was a postmaster who insisted on pasturing his calf on the roadway. A nearby 'hurch and adjoining cemetery were both open


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