had turned to be the enemies of the Liberians. They had never
had any trouble, till after the Cavalla school. I forget the name of
the white missionary that was in the Episcopal school at Cavalla.
The Gredebo people are very bright, clever people, and the
missionary had a little company of the boys, students, organized,
and was teaching them and training them in military tactics: and
it was said that this military teaching and training was the cause
of all their trouble with the natives afterwards.
Cavalla was the great school centre of the Episcopal work.
Many of the Liberians, the older men, were educated at Cavalla;
and it was a flourishing school. But, strange to say, whether the
statement in regard to the natives giving them trouble because
they were trained in military tactics at this school, is true or not,
the fact is that all the war troubles that have threatened, and are
threatening them, seem to be engendered at Cavalla: so much so,
that just before I left Cape Palmas, that great mission station and
school was broken up, and what pupils remained all came to Cape
Palmas, and are there yet, I suppose. And the most of the trouble
that Bishop Taylor's missionaries had, after they got to Cavalla,
on their way up to their stations, came from the Episcopal Mis¬
sion. -It was a perfect mystery. We did not understand it. But
that was a fact.
It was one of these mission stations that cost Bishop Taylor
some three or four hundred dollars when they were trying to get
up the river, after the Bishop had been up the river and made
all his agreements with the kings and chiefs.
I was with him, sat in every council, and heard all the arrange¬
ments; Brother Pratt, his agent, was with him, also; and there
was not a dissenting voice among the natives.
He didn't go to any town where the Episcopal missionaries
had been; went to places altogether where there had been no mis¬
sionaries at all. and was received kindly in all these places, and
they begged him to come and send them a missionary to teach
their people. They agreed to all the Bishop's propositions with¬
out a word; and the Bishop agreed to theirs. They agreed to give
so many acres of land for a mission, cut and burn so much bush
for a farm, and then plant it, and cut the timber and build a
kitchen for the missionary. This was their part of the agreement.
Bishop Taylor's part was to send the missionary free of charge
to them and give him all his outfit for six months.