The Hemisphere: Little Gabriel

For three years a small band of Doukhobors in Hilliers, on Vancouver Island, have struggled to establish a "Spiritual Community of Christ." It was started by Michael ("The Archangel") Verigin, who decided that other "Douks" were losing sight of original Doukhobor tenets and becoming worldly and materialistic. Unlike other British Columbia Doukhobors, the new community stressed the old precepts of non-violence and communal sharing of all property, including husbands & wives. Its ruling elders decreed that until the colony was economically self-sufficient, no children should be born to any member.

Near the end of last year, the colony had ten cows; 50...

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