Canada: THE PRAIRIES: Exodus

The wind-bitten old woman, her brow furrowed beneath her black kerchief, kept her eyes on her hands as she knitted. "I go," said Mrs. Helen Hildebrand, "because most of my family is going." At 75 she was leaving Canada, with six of her eight children, 51 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Last week, in Winnipeg, they joined 1,608 other Mennonites (total in Canada: 111,380) who were bound for sparsely populated Paraguay, where Mennonites from Europe have already settled to lead their strict way of life.

Mrs. Hildebrand was an infant when her Mennonite parents...

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