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324   THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO

" `The Blazers' were all Orangemen, and there was only one Roman Catholic in the whole township. One year, as harvest season approached, this man was taken ill and was unable to care for his ripening crop. It was then that `The Blazers' showed the warm heart beneath the sometimes rude exterior. They went one night and cut and shocked the ripening grain on the farm of their sick neighbour. A few nights later they returned and hauled the grain into the barn.

"Sometimes in their enthusiasm for good fellowship `The Blazers' committed pranks from which the settlers suffered loss. A farmer's wife had a turkey gobbler of which she was inordinately proud—a regular forty pounder. One night she heard a gentle flutter and squawk in a nearby tree in which the turkeys roosted. Going to the door, lamp in hand, she stood revealed in the flickering light. A few feet from her, hidden in the shadow, stood a man with the gobbler's head safely gathered up in his armpit, and the fat body of the bird pressing warmly against his side. The thief had a sense of humour, too. `Don't bother to bring a light, madam,' said he, `I've got him.' "

Mr. Berry had another story to tell of the early days—a story which may not be strictly accurate, but is too good to omit.

A preacher,' having lost his voice, took up a bush farm. He had chopped and burned one small corner and had everything prepared for his spring seeding. His oxen, Buck and Bright by name, were in the bush, the old three-pointed drag was ready, and the seed was in the bag.


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