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Hudson Bay

R. M. Ballantyne

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The first story written by R.M. Ballantyne based on his experiences in Canada working for the Hudson Bay Company

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Here the unhappy wretch remains in solitude till the fuel and provisions are exhausted, and then dies. Should the tribe be in their encampment when an Indian dies, the deceased is buried, sometimes in the ground, and sometimes in a rough wooden coffin raised a few feet above it. They do not now bury guns, knives, etcetera, with their dead, as they once did, probably owing to their intercourse with white men.

The Supreme Being among the Indians is called Manitou; but He can scarcely be said to be worshipped by them, and the few ideas they have of His attributes are imperfect and erroneous. Indeed, no religious rites exist among them, unless the unmeaning mummery of the medicine tent can be looked upon as such. Of late years, however, missionaries, both of the Church of England and the Wesleyans, have exerted themselves to spread the Christian religion among these tribes, than whom few savages can be more unenlightened or morally degraded; and there is reason to believe that the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Anyone interested in learning about the wilds of Canada in the mid-19th Century can't do better than to read this book. The volume of descriptive detail might be, perhaps, too much for some readers, but it is an honest relation of what the author experienced, according to his understanding at the...more

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