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Then the unhappiness of the family began. Miss Sophia Biddle was handsome, with elegant manners. Her father was rich and she had many admirers; among them, Lieutenant Pemberton, who afterwards, as Lieutenant-general Pemberton of the Confederate army, surrendered to General Grant at Vicksburg. During the absence of Miss Biddle at Philadelphia, there arose on the island a most strange turmoil.
In this wise it developed: in —24, the Protestant Mission House was established as an Indian school, which many attended. Ottawa and Chippewa women were taken as servants and taught to work.
The teachers were from the New England States. For a while the school seemed to prosper, but soon the efforts of the teachers were diverted to another channel. Proselyting seemed to pervade the atmosphere of the whole establishment.
Every one seemed to feel it her duty to make a convert daily. For a while the Presbyterians had full sway; then the Roman Catholics took a decided stand against them. Certainly both denominations carried the feeling to great extent. It really seemed a religious war. One had to be either a Presbyterian or a Roman Catholic, in those days; nothing else would for a moment be tolerated.
This state of things lasted for several years. Finally, annoyed beyond endurance, some of the military would no longer suffer this religious and called an Episcopal minister to serve as chaplain. Mackinac thereupon settled into a state of peace, and was again a pleasant place to live in and to visit. It was during the height of this excitement that Miss Biddle returned home. She had many friends on the both sides; each felt sure of securing her, and between the opposing powers she was positively persecuted and unhappy.
The advantages she had received harmful. The foolish girl was ashamed of her blood and could not bear to have strangers see this dear, good mother of hers, because she was an Indian. Both father and mother perceived her feeling with pain.
Biddle was strongly.Mackinac Island as a text friend
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