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Michigan

Abel Bingham

The first person baptised was a woman 60 years old, noted for her intemperance and heathenism, ever afterwards known as "The old native sister." Intemperance was the great evil he had to contend with—" Ishkoda-wauboo," or " fire water," could very seldon be resisted by either man or woman. He more than ever realized the importance of his work, and •was stimulated to greater efforts in their behalf. He formed a temperance society, in which he was assisted by the principal men of the village and '' fort. Those who could not write signed the pledge by their mark. At one period, so great were the results, the liquor was emptied into the streets, and none sold for a long time. When Mr. B. urged Kabanodin, chief of the Tequaminon band, to sign the pledge, he replied : " If my mouth was sewed up and my legs tied, I might keep from drinking;" but afterward became a very temperate man.

Early Michigan Preachers


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