322 THE PIONEERS OF OLD ONTARIO
and the church steps no longer required scrubbing every Sunday morning before service.
" `The Blazers' had their own method of punishing contempt of the court they maintained. One man, forgetting the respect due so useful and august a tribunal, had the temerity to express, in a letter, sentiments which `The Blazers' thought derogatory to their dignity. One evening, as he was walking home along the concession line, he found himself unexpectedly in the midst of a group of figures that appeared from the gloom of the fence corners. He was first requested to eat his own letter, and the request was promptly complied with. Then he was asked, and again no special urging was called for, to hold up his right hand and repeat a solemn declaration that `I. A. B., am the greatest liar on top of earth.'
"On another occasion, `The Blazers' ;came in for what they considered unjust censure. In this case the criticism was given in the course of a sermon by a preacher in the neighbourhood. The preacher also happened to be going along the road a short time afterwards, and he like-wise found himself in the midst of a group of stalwart figures that appeared from the surrounding gloom. He was asked to get out of the buggy. He got out. He was requested to kneel in the dust of the roadway. IIe kneeled. Then he was requested to pray, not for the con-version of `The Blazers,' but for the success of their efforts to maintain order and promote good citizenship in their own way. He prayed.
"A widow had a cow that was almost as great a nuisance as the storekeeper's calf. It carried