Religion. - Of this band two hundred and fifty-three belong to the Methodist Church, and one hundred and eighty-four to the Church of England. There are two churches on the reserve. The Indians take great interest in religion.
Characteristics and Progress. - Most of the members of this band are industrious and law-abiding, and are slowly improving.
Temperance and Morality. - As a rule these Indians are temperate. Some occasionally take a little too much whisky. They appear to respect the laws of morality. Mount Elgin Institute, which is situate on this reserve, affords an excellent moral and industrial training to a large number of pupils. It is under the able management of the Rev. W.W. Shepherd, who by energy and tact has accomplished a large amount of practical good amongst the Indians. The new buildings referred to in my previous report are I understand, about ready for occupation. Owing to ill health I have not been able recently to inspect the institute, and must, therefore, refer you to Mr. Shepherd's own report for more exact and full information.
MUNSEES OF THE THAMES.
Name of Reserve. - These Indians live on a portion of the Caradoc Reserve.
Area. - The portion occupied by this band comprises two thousand eight hundred acres.
Resources. - The resources are the same as those of the larger part of the reserve occupied by the Chippewas, viz., farming and stock-raising.
Tribe or Nation. - The members of this band are the only Indians of the Munsee tribe residing in Canada.
Vital Statistics. - The population of this blind is one hundred and twenty-four, consisting of forty-four men, thirty-two women and forty-eight children. During the year there were five births and three deaths.
Health and Sanitary Condition. - The health of these Indians has been very good. There have been no epidemics. Sanitary precautions have been well observed.
Occupation. - Farming constitutes the chief occupation of this band.
Buildings. - Most of the buildings on this reserve are of log. They are in good condition. There are six frame dwellings.
Stock. - The stock consists of good farm horses, pretty fair cattle and hogs, but no sheep as yet.
Farming Implements. - This band is fairly well supplied with farming implements.
Education. - On this reserve there are twenty-four children of school age. One day school ungraded, and one teacher of the grade of high-school entrance. The course of studies is elementary. The equipment is ordinary. The discipline and order are pretty good. The progress of the pupils is fair, but their attendance is irregular; as a rule the parents manifest little interest in the education of their children, though there are some indications of improvement in this respect.
Religion. - Religious denominations are represented on this reserve in the following proportions are: - Methodists, sixty-two; Church of England, sixty-two. There are two churches on this reserve. The members of this band take a good deal of interest in religion.
Characteristics and Progress. - These Indians are pretty industrious and law-abiding. They have shown a good deal of improvement in their farming operations.
Temperance and Morality. - They are generally temperate, and in morality compare favourably with the white people.
General Remarks. - All the bands above described show a material advancement in the improvement of their lands, their educational condition and general thriftiness.