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St. Peter's Mission Church and Cemetery

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The St Peter's Mission Church and Cemetery, also known as St Peter's Mission and as St Peter's-By-the-Rock is a historic Roman Catholic mission located on Mission Road 105 miles 169 km west-northwest of the town of Cascade, Montana, United States The historic site consists of a wooden church and "opera house" and a cemetery Also on the site are the ruins of a stone parochial school for boys, a stone convent, and several outbuildings

St Peter's Mission was founded in the 1860s by priests of the Society of Jesus better known as the Jesuits, a Catholic religious order It moved to its final location on Birch Creek in 1881 Within a year the Jesuits constructed a small chapel, a chapel expansion, and log cabin residences The log cabins were subsequently moved, and a one-story wooden dormitory and three-story wooden bell tower were built adjacent to the chapel Ursuline nuns arrived in October 1884 and opened a girls' school in 1885 A post office opened at the mission the same year, and farming and cattle ranching began at the site A four-story stone school/dormitory for boys and a three-story wooden priests' residence were constructed in 1887 A four-story convent and girls' school was finished in 1892, and a two-story wooden music building the "opera house" in 1896

Changes in federal funding for Native American parochial schools led the Jesuits to abandon St Peter's Mission in 1898, but the Ursulines continued their educational efforts there The boys' school, priests' residence, one-story chapel addition, and some outbuildings burned to the ground in January 1908 The Ursulines closed the boys' school and refocused their educational efforts at the nearby town of Great Falls, Montana Education for girls continued at St Peter's until November 1918, when the girls' school burned to the ground The mission was abandoned, and the post office closed in 1938


  • 1 Early missions
  • 2 Early history
    • 21 Early buildings
    • 22 Early life
  • 3 Arrival of the Ursulines and expansion
    • 31 Bringing the Ursulines to St Peter's
    • 32 Construction of the boys' school
  • 4 Further expansion
    • 41 Expansion of Ursuline presence
    • 42 Departure of the Jesuits
  • 5 Leadership problems
  • 6 Fires and abandonment
  • 7 Location
  • 8 Notes
  • 9 References
  • 10 Bibliography

Early missions

The first mission established in 1841 by the Jesuits in what would become Montana was St Mary's Mission The town of Stevensville grew around this site In 1845, the Jesuits established St Ignatius Mission, which would later evolve into the town of St Ignatius

In April 1859, Father Adrian Hoecken and Brother Vincent Magri established a mission at Priest Butte on the Teton River, on a site just southeast of the current town of Choteau, Montana They built three log cabins, and were soon joined by Father Camillus Imoda The Jesuits abandoned this site in March 1860

The Jesuits moved their mission to the Sun River, about 8 miles 13 km upriver from Fort Shaw, near what is now Simms, Montana They immediately began to build cabins, but abandoned the site in August when agriculture in the area proved too difficult Father Imoda returned in 1861, accompanied by Brother Francis DeKock They spent the year ministering in Fort Benton, and in 1862 were joined by Father Joseph Menetrey and Brother Lucian Agostino They moved the mission 2 miles 32 km downstream, naming this mission St Peter's, after the Apostle Peter They built seven log cabins and some corrals Imoda, Menetrey, Agostino, and DeKock settled at the new mission, joined by Father Joseph Giorda But this location also proved difficult for agriculture, and the local Piegan Blackfeet were hostile Three men were killed by the Piegans in early 1866 When a local herder, John Fitzgerald, was killed by the Blackfeet within sight of the mission on April 6, the Jesuits decided to move again Joined by Father L B Palladino, J H Vail from the Sun River Agency an Indian agency located near the present town of Sun River, Montana, and a Blackfeet guide, Fathers Imoda and Giorda began scouting a new site

In April 1866, the Jesuits abandoned the 1862 site and moved to a location 2 miles 32 km south of Bird Tail Rock 15 miles 24 km south of the modern town of Simms, Montana The mission closed almost immediately due to hostility from the Piegan Blackfeet

Two factors caused St Peter's Mission to reopen in 1874 First, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States established a Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions to coordinate, expand, and make more effective missionary work among the Native American tribes in the west Second, the US federal government moved the border of the Piegan Blackfeet reservation about 60 miles 97 km northward Although this deprived St Peter's Mission of most of its Blackfeet students, it also made the mission much safer St Peter's Mission primarily enrolled Métis students for the next several years thereafter Father Philip Rappagliosi joined St Peter's Mission in mid-1875 By 1877, the mission consisted of two one-room log cabins, one of which functioned as a church The small size of the establishment was not unusual, since St Peter's Mission served only as a base of operations for the priests, most of whom traveled with nomadic bands of Blackfeet throughout the summer Father Joseph Guidi joined the mission in 1875

Early history

St Peter's Mission in 1884, after construction of quarters for the Uruslines "Stagecoach" Mary Fields is sitting in the wagon at right

Early buildings

With the relocation of the border of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation as the federal government forced the tribe to give up more and more land, the Jesuits decided to move their mission again to remain close to the tribe they were proselytizing The mission moved in 1881 to its final location on Birch Creek, at a point 105 miles 169 km west-northwest of Cascade, Montana

The first buildings at St Peter's Mission were spartan With assistance from some of the Métis and, occasionally, soldiers from nearby Fort Shaw, the priests built a one-story rectangular chapel out of logs, which were stripped of bark and roughly squared off by hand For a time the chapel doubled as sleeping quarters for the priests A second square-log building attached to the chapel was quickly constructed to serve as sleeping quarters and kitchen This structure doubled the mission's size By the end of 1881, the priests had constructed several small log cabins to serve as individual priestly residences They attached these to the west end of the expanded chapel, creating an L-shaped structure

St Peter's Mission continued to expand in 1882 The log cabins were separated from the chapel and moved south of it, and a one-story clapboard dormitory for priests and male students was built in their place A three-story clapboard bell tower was built where the chapel and dormitory met

Early life

In the 1880s, a shortage of Roman Catholic priests in Montana led the priests of St Peter's Mission to travel widely throughout the area in the summer months to perform weddings, baptisms, and other ceremonies Father Imoda planned from the beginning to expand the mission to include a day school or boarding school To make it a success, he felt, it had to be run by nuns Father Palladino described the intended curriculum as reading, spelling, and writing, with enough basic mathematics to allow for simple business transactions to be undertaken without being cheated "Book learning" would be supplemented with industrial arts: Animal husbandry, farming, and ranching skills

In 1883, Father Joseph Damiani offered Métis leader Louis Riel a teaching position at St Peter's Mission Riel, his wife Marguerite, and his son Jean-Louis were living with nomadic Métis But with Marguerite pregnant with their second child, Riel decided to settle in one place to provide his children with more stability In December 1883, Riel began teaching English, French, mathematics, and training in a variety of practical manual skills wood carving, metal working, leather making, and so on to 22 to 25 Métis boys

The student body at St Peter's Mission changed over time, however A'aninin known to whites by the mistranslated name "Gros Ventres" boarding students soon outnumbered the Métis day-students, and the Jesuits began to successfully encourage the Piegan Blackfeet to send their children to the school as boarding students as well

Arrival of the Ursulines and expansion

Bringing the Ursulines to St Peter's

Mother Amadeus, photographed in early 1884

Riel spent his time writing poetry and thinking about politics, in time concluding that he should work toward the establishment of a Métis republic in northwest Canada On June 4, 1884, a delegation of Métis arrived at St Peter's from Saskatchewan to ask Riel to return with them to assist in the Métis effort to secure treaty enforcement from the Canadian government Riel agreed, and he and his family left St Peter's on June 10, never to return

Meanwhile, the new and founding Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Jean-Baptiste Brondel, invited the Ursuline religious order of women to join the Jesuits at St Peter's Mission in January 1884 A sister in the Toledo chapter, Mother Mary Amadeus Sarah Therese Dunne, led five Ursulines to St Peter's in October They quickly established a boarding school for girls open to children of settlers and Native Americans The Jesuits gave the nuns $200 in provisions, a farm, some cows, and some wagons to help them survive, and promised to pay them $200 a year to teach boys if more nuns could be brought to the mission In 1885, the Jesuits began turning over the educational duties of St Peter's Mission to the Ursulines, who opened St Peter's Industrial School for Girls that year with 11 Blackfeet students

Life for the Ursulines was not easy Their housing was extremely primitive In addition to their teaching duties, they also cooked, cleaned, sewed, did laundry, nursed the sick, and tried to generate money for their own activities by engaging in for-profit farming, ranching, poultry raising, egg farming, supplying rock, and timber cutting In a letter to a colleague, Mother Amadeus expressed frustration with having to spend so much time taking care of the priests and with the Jesuit priests' refusal to fund-raise for the Ursulines while back east Some Ursulines were unable to cope with the harsh life In 1884, Sister St Gertrude from the Brown County, Ohio, Ursulines joined St Peter's But she left in October 1885, "not able to bear the strain of missionary life", as Mother Amadeus said tactfully

Illness affected the Ursulines, too In April 1885, Mother Amadeus fell ill with pneumonia As her condition worsened, word reached the Ursuline convent in Toledo Mary Fields, an African American ex-slave who had formerly been employed by the Dunne family as a servant, worked at the convent When Mother Stanislaus journeyed to Montana to nurse Mother Amadeus, Fields accompanied her Amadeus recovered, and Fields decided to stay in Montana For the next eight years, she helped the sisters with farming, constructing buildings, running the laundry, and driving the freight wagon to nearby Cascade Known as "Stagecoach Mary," she cursed, smoked cigars, drank liquor, carried a loaded firearm, and fought anyone who gave her the slightest insult In 1894 Bishop Brondel demanded that Fields leave the mission after she fought a duel in Helena with a man who insulted her Estranged from the church by Brondel's decision, Fields moved to nearby Cascade Mother Amadeus provided her with funds to open a restaurant When the restaurant later failed, Mother Amadeus helped Fields win a job as a mail carrier

The expansion of St Peter's led to federal approval for a post office at the mission in 1885 After arriving in Montana, Mother Amadeus asked Bishop Brondel to give her control over the Ursulines, but he declined to do so Amadeus repeatedly asked Mother Stanislaus, head of the Toledo chapterhouse and who exercised authority over the Ursulines at St Peter's, for more sisters to help with the work in Montana Her requests were denied She appealed to Richard Gilmour, Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio When Mother Stanislaus complained, Mother Amadeus denied she was making an end-run around the chapterhouse, claiming instead that she was acting under instruction from Bishop Brondel In February 1886, Bishop Gilmour ordered the Ursulines in Toledo to stop talking about how much they wished to teach in Montana, and ordered the St Peter's Ursulines separated from the Toledo chapter

Construction of the boys' school

The 1887 buildings: The priests' residence with picket fence attached to the stone boys' school In the background right is the original chapel, nuns' residence, and bell tower

Federal funding for the Jesuit boys' school and private donations proved adequate to allow construction of two new buildings in 1887 The first was a boys' school This four-story stone building featured a mansard roof, dormers, and square cupola above the front entrance The building contained dormitory space, classrooms, smithy, cobbler shop, carpentry shop, and a dining room A three-story wood frame priests' residence with centrally placed square cupola was attached to the boys' school on the south A kitchen garden was planted west and south of these buildings

Construction of the boys' school changed the way boys were educated at St Peter's Most instruction was now carried on indoors, in great contrast to the Native American way of life at the time in which most time was spent outdoors The boys were responsible for maintaining the kitchen garden, herding and feeding the small herd of beef cattle, and feeding and milking the dairy cattle, so some time each day was spent in the barns, corrals, or garden Small fields, watered by irrigation ditches, were also maintained by the boys The curriculum did not change throughout the year Boys were expected to work in the fields even in winter, and the amount of time spent indoors did not vary even during summer, when the growing season demanded that most of the day be spent outdoors

The educational structure at St Peter's changed in 1889, and this proved controversial Most Jesuit missions in Montana were on Indian land, and it was common for white settlers in the area to pay tuition and have their children educated alongside Native Americans at Jesuit schools The Jesuits believed this integrated educational system also prepared Native Americans for participation in white society But as the borders of the Piegan Blackfeet territory shrank over time, St Peter's Mission found itself standing on non-Indian ground At the request of Bishop Brondel, Father Damiani made the highly controversial decision in 1889 to segregate the Native American children Nonetheless, both whites and Native Americans credited the school with providing a clean, safe, warm place to live; three meals a day; and an excellent education Piegan Blackfeet leaders later credited the mission with giving their tribe well-educated leadership other tribes lacked

Further expansion

Expansion of Ursuline presence

The Ursuline convent and girls' school, finished in 1896

Mother Amadeus was still agitating for additional independence Although the Ursulines at St Peter's won independence from the Toledo chapterhouse in 1886, the Ursulines were still subject to the authority of the priests and local bishop Little support came from either source Although the Ursuline mission in Montana had rapidly expanded, there were still too few nuns to do the work In 1893, six Ursulines from Canada joined the St Peter's mission on a temporary basis Mother Amadeus tried to assert jurisdiction over them, claiming them as permanent residents Angry, the six returned to Canada even though Mother Amadeus refused to pay for their travel home In 1898, convinced that mission work in Montana was ending, Mother Amadeus petitioned Bishop Brondel for permission to travel to Alaska to found new Ursuline convents, but he denied her request

Since their arrival in Montana, the Ursulines had attempted to raise funds for the support of their missionary work at St Peter's These efforts bore fruit in 1888 when Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, heiress Katharine Drexel donated $5,000 to allow the nuns to build a convent and school The three-story stone structure was built in a mixed Queen Anne and Second Empire architectural style It featured a mansard roof, dormers, small towers capped with cupolas, and a centrally-located four-story square domed tower over the entrance The cornerstone for this building was laid on September 9, 1888, and it was occupied on January 1, 1892 The Ursulines called the new school Mount Angela Institute In 1895, Drexel donated a small herd of cattle to the Ursulines at St Peter's

With the expansion of these facilities, the girls' education changed as well In addition to religious instruction, the girls learned "modern" that is, white ways to cook, sew, and wash laundry One of the old residential log cabins was turned into a bakery, and some girls learned how to bake with wheat flour and yeast Unlike the boys, the girls spent all their time indoors

The Ursulines also constructed an "opera house" in 1896 This L-shaped structure was 10 bays wide on its long edge, and the wing was three bays wide The wood building contained an auditorium and stage for musical performances, and here the girls were taught dancing, embroidery, painting, wood carving, and how to play various musical instruments The sisters also added a barn, corral, laundry, and workers' housing

Departure of the Jesuits

Remains of the boys' school and dormitory are surveyed in 1887 after the structure burned to the ground

By 1895, the curriculum taught by the Jesuits and Ursulines was being questioned Most Piegan Blackeet and A'aninin hated working indoors, no matter how well-constructed or decorated the schools and dormitories Federal officials in charge of Indian education at the local level were aware of the Native Americans' hearty dislike of the schools, and by the mid-1890s most federal officials believed the indoor curriculum was inappropriate Indeed, by 1901, Commissioner of Indian Affairs William A Jones announced the curriculum had failed

In 1896, the federal government began phasing out its financial support for parochial education for Native Americans St Peter's Mission was one of the first schools to lose its federal funding, even though it had more than 100 girls in classes and just a short time earlier 102 boys With the loss of funding, the Jesuits and Ursulines concentrated their attention on Holy Family Mission This mission, founded in the spring of 1886 by Father Damiani but not formally dedicated until October 25, 1890, was located on the Blackfeet reservation about 100 miles 160 km north of St Peter's For years, Holy Family was dependent on St Peter's

The Ursulines took over the boys' educational program from the Jesuits The refocusing of Jesuit energy on Holy Family Mission did not mean that the Jesuits abandoned St Peter's Mission It still acted as a base of operations and a residence until May 1898, when Father Damiani Superior of St Peter's since 1892 and the remaining three Jesuit priests announced they would abandon the mission The diocesan clergy remained to care for the church and conduct Mass, while the Ursulines remained to oversee the educational function

A major development in the international Ursuline organization in 1900 gave the St Peter's nuns the independence of action they sought For some years, a movement had existed to unify the hundreds of independent Ursuline chapterhouses into a single organization A union would also give the Ursulines most of the independence they sought Pope Leo XIII asked for Ursuline delegates to meet in Rome to consider creating an Ursuline Union Mother Amadeus traveled to Rome to attend the meeting, in part because she advocated a union and in part because she believed she could win approval from the new organization for an expansion into Alaska Mother Amadeus cast her eight convents' votes for the union, which was formed She won approval to go to Alaska from the Union's new Superior General, Mother St Julien Aubrey Additionally, the Ursuline Union divided the United States into two provinces and appointed Mother Amadeus provincial superior over the North Province

Leadership problems

In October 1902, Mother Amadeus traveled to Miles City, Montana, via train Her east-bound train crashed head-on into a west-bound train Her hip was broken, and Mother Amadeus spent nine weeks in a hospital in Helena The primitive system of weights attached to her ankles used as traction to keep the hip bones in place did not work properly, and she walked with a severe limp and used a cane for the rest of her life

Bishop Brondel died suddenly in 1903 His replacement, Bishop Mathias Lenihan, led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls, which was formed in 1904 Lenihan was intent on reining in what he saw as unruly nuns In 1905, Mother Amadeus asked Bishop Lenihan for permission to take some nuns to Alaska to found a convent there Lenihand refused to allow it Mother Amadeus then found three Montana Ursulines not yet subject to Lenihan's authority, and escorted them to Seattle to see them off During her long absence, Bishop Lenihan punished nuns at St Peter's who supported Mother Amadeus, and encouraged those unhappy with her leadership to accuse her before Ursuline Union of fabricating majority support for the union's formation

More positively, however, Mother St Julien Aubrey, the Superior General of the Ursuline Union, visited St Peter's Mission in June 1906

Fires and abandonment

The stone Ursuline convent/girls' school building at St Peter's Mission after the fire of 1918 that caused the mission's abandonment

In January 1908, the stone boys' school, the wooden priests' residence, the school for Native American girls formerly the one-story nuns residence, and several outbuildings at St Peter's Mission burned to the ground Bishop Lenihan had asked the Ursulines to move their ministry to the nearby city of Great Falls, which was founded in 1883 The Ursulines decided to continue the mission at St Peter's, but move the center of their activity to Great Falls The Great Falls Townsite Company offered them any two city blocks The Ursulines choose an area bordered by Central Avenue, 25th Street South, 2nd Avenue South, and 23rd Street South The area was on a slight hill with a good view and relatively distant from the busy downtown commercial district

Mother Amadeus left St Peter's Mission in 1910, moving to Alaska, where she hoped to found a convent of Ursulines She died there on November 10, 1919 The Ursulines buried her at St Ignatius Mission

St Peter's Mission slowly fell into decay over the next eight years After the Ursuline Academy in Great Falls opened in 1912, the white girls' school at St Peter's closed

At 2:30 AM on November 15, 1918, the stone convent/school burned to the ground St Peter's Mission was abandoned, and all Native American girls were transferred to other mission schools

The St Peter's post office closed in 1938


Map of St Peter's Mission not to scale circa 1907

To visit the St Peter's Mission site, drive on Interstate 15 south from Great Falls, Montana Leave the interstate highway at exit 256 The first intersection is with Mission Road also known as the Simms-Cascade Road Turn right north onto Mission Road/Simms-Cascade Road Drive about 10 miles 16 km on this gravel road Mission Road diverges to the left Drive another 8 miles 13 km to St Peter's Mission If you reach Trout Creek Road, you have driven too far A small sign by the side of the road marks the entrance gate to the site, and provides a limited history of St Peter's Mission

As of 2012, the mission site was on the Klinker Ranch, about 600 feet 180 m south of the road Visitors need to open and close two gates to reach the site Cattle graze in the area, so it is important to close the gate Roadside shoulder parking is available, but very limited

Two buildings at St Peter's Mission remain standing The expanded chapel is in relatively good condition, and recently has been painted by the owners of the land on whose property it now stands At some point in the past, a two-story bell tower was built in front of the chapel's entrance so that now visitors pass through the base of this non-historic bell tower to access the church The red wooden "opera house" is still standing, although now it is used as a barn A corral connects the opera house to an original log cabin, which is used for feed storage A modern building has been constructed adjacent to this log cabin

Most of what remains of St Peter's Mission are the foundations of prior buildings, and many of these are crumbling or in serious disrepair On the edge of a copse of trees are the remains of the boys' school and dormitory A portion of some stone walls containing windows and doorways remains standing A small, decrepit log cabin abuts these ruins

The cemetery is behind and to the right of the chapel, uphill from the ruins of the mission It was surrounded by a buck fence in 2011 to keep cattle away Some of the graves in the cemetery are quite tall and others are enclosed by a small, ornate iron fence, but many lie flush in the ground or hidden among the high grass

Visitors are advised to wear long pants and hiking boots in the area, due to the presence of prairie rattlesnakes


  1. ^ Mother Amadeus entered the Ursuline convent in Toledo at age 18, and was 38 years old in 1884 Afflicted with arthritis and other health problems due to an accidental poisoning in childhood, she had never spent a single night outside the convent in 20 years
  2. ^ The mission's benefactress entered a convent in Pittsburgh in 1889 and in 2000 was canonized as Saint Katherine Drexel
  3. ^ Native Americans in Montana did not grow wheat, and it was not naturally occurring Plains Indians in Montana like Blackfeet harvested naturally growing Indian ricegrass, a gluten-free grass that despite its name is not related to rice They often ground ricegrass into flour, and were not aware of yeast or other leavening agents The A'aninin Gros Ventres traded with the Hidatsa of western North and South Dakota for corn, which could be ground into flour
  4. ^ Ursuline chapterhouses were not required to join the new Ursuline Union, but about half did so


  1. ^ Capace, p 35
  2. ^ Federal Writers' Project, p 44
  3. ^ a b Rockwell, p 68
  4. ^ a b c d e f Harrod, pp 53–55
  5. ^ a b Rockwell, p 69
  6. ^ Vaughn, p 75
  7. ^ a b c d e West, p 93
  8. ^ Rappagliosi and Bigart, pp xli–xlii
  9. ^ Rappagliosi and Bigart, p xxxv
  10. ^ Rappagliosi and Bigart, p xxxiv
  11. ^ Bryan, p 56
  12. ^ Aarstad, pp 252, 318
  13. ^ Kohl, pp 95–97
  14. ^ a b McKevitt, p 162
  15. ^ a b McKevitt, p 165
  16. ^ Walter and Schneider, p 99
  17. ^ Walter and Schneider, p 100
  18. ^ Dusenberry, p 31
  19. ^ Butler, p 161
  20. ^ a b Schrems, pp 49–50
  21. ^ Dries, p 15
  22. ^ a b c Wagner, p 19
  23. ^ Butler, p 163
  24. ^ Butler, p 72
  25. ^ Wagner, p 20
  26. ^ Wagner, pp 20–21
  27. ^ a b c Aarstad, p 252
  28. ^ Butler, pp 163–164
  29. ^ a b West, pp 94–95
  30. ^ a b West, p 98
  31. ^ McKevitt, pp 168–169
  32. ^ McKevitt, p 174
  33. ^ Butler, pp 164–165
  34. ^ Schrems, p 95
  35. ^ Mahoney, p 102
  36. ^ a b c West, pp 95–96
  37. ^ Erickson, p 39
  38. ^ Schoenberg, Jesuits in Montana, 1840–1960, p 37
  39. ^ Schoenberg, Jesuits in Montana, 1840–1960, p 44
  40. ^ Fowler, p 79
  41. ^ Korn and Sarros, p 51
  42. ^ Johansen and Pritzker, pp 1177–1178
  43. ^ Porter and Scott, p 25
  44. ^ Flintham, pp 337–338
  45. ^ a b Schoenberg, "Historic St Peter's Mission", p 84
  46. ^ Schoenberg, Jesuits in Montana, 1840–1960, p 129
  47. ^ Palladino, p 196 Accessed 2013-03-22
  48. ^ Porter and Scott, p 24
  49. ^ Schoenberg, Jesuits in Montana, 1840–1960, p 39
  50. ^ Schoenberg, A Chronicle of the Catholic History of the Pacific Northwest, 1743–1960, p 188
  51. ^ Schrems, pp 95–96
  52. ^ Wooten, pp 594–595
  53. ^ a b Shirley, p 32
  54. ^ Porter and Scott, p 43
  55. ^ Butler, pp 165–166
  56. ^ Porter and Scott, p 38
  57. ^ a b Schrems, p 104
  58. ^ a b Porter and Scott, p 39
  59. ^ a b Aarstad, p 274
  60. ^ Porter and Scott, p 7
  61. ^ Butler, p 166
  62. ^ Butler, pp 167–168
  63. ^ Small, p 305


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