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He smiled, as though he thought I was green. And I was,
too. He said: " I have a sister that is going when I go home."
" Have they good schools in Sierra Leone?" I asked.
" And don't the people in Sierra Leone send their children to
the college at Monrovia?"
"No," he said.
It was all a mystery to me. T could not understand it. I felt
inclined to think he was not straight. But still I said nothing
more. Of course 1 understood it after eight years' experience and
The mission schools have done the most good, I think. The
Presbyterian Mission, at Clay-Ashland, at one time had a flour¬
ishing school. They had a fine, large, brick house, and outbuild¬
ings. When I first went to Africa, these buildings were all in
good condition, but were unoccupied. The school was held in the
hall, on the opposite side of the river. Mr. Albert King was the
teacher, and as his home was on the ether side of the river, I pre¬
sume that is why the school was changed over there.
However, the former house and buildings were all standing
when I first went there. I have often passed it as I have gone up
the river. What a pretty situation it was, and how nice every¬
thing seemed to be around it. But, like the Methodist Seminary
at Monrovia, and the Ann Wilkins school at Millsburg, and the
school up at White Plains, and the seminary at Cape Palmas, was
once flourishing, but had gone down. And that is one of the good
things that Bishop Taylor has done for the Liberians—restoring
and manning their schools, and establishing schools among the
natives, and supplying them with teachers, and so helping the
government to fulfill their promise to them, which hitherto they
had not been able to do.
I was told that that was one of the causes of the Gredebo war;
that the government had promised to establish schools among the
natives, and send them teachers, and they had waited, and they
had not done it.
I was glad when the Bishop had got these schools at Monrovia
and Cape Palmas started again. There was a great deal of un¬
pleasant feeling among the people at one time, because the Bishop
began his work among the natives. They said that the Episcopal
Mission had taught the Gredebos, and by educating them, they