SHIPLEY, Nan EVANS, James)
Title: James Evans Story. in dj.
Publisher:  Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1966,
Seller ID: 87161
SHIPLEY, Nan. The James Evans Story. Toronto: The Ryerson Press, (1966). First Edition. Pp. (8),1-219,(1). 8vo, pale blue cloth with gilt lettering tospine. Evans (1801-1846). Enns, A Bibliography of Northern Manitoba, p.78. "When jealousy, intrigue, rumours of immorality and strained relations wit h tthe Hudson's Bay Company brough t about James Evans' recall from Norway House in 1846, he left the country and people he loved, never to return. Yet the work he did as a pioneer teacher, healer, preacher and inventor made him one of the most forceful figures in the development of the Canadian Northwest. The James Evans Story is the factual and moving account of a remarkable man; the man who invented Cree syllabics and opened a new world for the northern Indians and Eskimos who were unable to read or write their own language; the man who, with an improvised press, produced Cree literature, carving type from bullets and the lead linings of old tea chests. While his dedicated helpers (one of whom later proved treacherous) carried on the work of translating the Bible into Cree, Evans travelled 6,000 miles by dog-team and canoe from Hudson Bay to the Rockies, the lonely Athabasca country, healing, teaching and preaching. Wherever he went he was warmly greeted andquickly gained a reputation as a great medicine man who could make the bar k of the birch tree talk. [...] using original letters and quotations from diaries and journals of the characters involved, has produced a dramatic, touching story of one of Canada's most vigorous pioneer missionaries." - from the dj. Sections, [unnumbered in the book] : 1. Launched on His Life's Work; 2. The Ojibway Translations; 3. Interest Grows in the Northwest; 4. TheGreat Adventure Begins; 5. Birchbark Canoe Trip; 6. Arrival at Norway Hous e; 7. By Boat Brigade to Hudson Bay; 8. The Fur Trade at York Factory; 9. Return to Norway House; 10. The Cree Syllabics; 11. Winter Trip to the Indian Camps; 12. By York Boat to Red River; 13. Six Thousand Miles to the Northwest; 14. Life at Fort Edmonton; 15. Peace River Fur-Trading Posts; 16. TheHunger of the People; 17. The Island of Light; 18. Governor Simpson's Ulti matum; 19. The Company against the Mission; 20. Simpson and Sunday Labour; 21. Christmas in the North; 22. William Mason's Advances; 23. The Shooting Accident; 24. Evans Faces the Chipewyans; 25. Clarissa's Wedding; 26. The Doctor's Report; 27. Chief Koostatak's Band; 28. Bad Things Are Said; 29. James Evans Faces Trial; 30. The Verdict; 31. Good-Bye to Norway House; 32. The Vindication of Evans; 33. Epilogue. Very good in dust jacket. 20.00