CHAPTER XII.--Acknowledgments and Thanks.
635. Before concluding our
Report to Your Majesty, we desire to express our thanks to all those who assisted
us in the course of our Inquiry and facilitated our investigations. We are
particularly indebted to His Excellency the Governor and Lady Anderson for many
courtesies received at their hands; to the Hon. F.C. Alderdice, Prime Minister,
and Members of the Government for their valuable testimony and constant endeavours
to lighten our labours and provide for our comfort; and to the Members of the
Legislative Council and the House of Assembly for the ready manner in which they
placed their intimate knowledge of local conditions at our disposal. We also owe
a debt of gratitude to the former Prime Ministers and Ministers, who gave us every
assistance, and whose evidence, based largely on their experience as Ministers, was
636. We have already recorded
that, at the outset of our Inquiry, we appealed to all those who had any
contribution to make to come forward and assist us either in oral evidence or by
means of written communications, and how striking was the response accorded to that
appeal. As many as 260 witnesses, drawn from all classes and occupations, appeared
before us, and we received, in addition, numbers of useful letters and memoranda
from all parts of the Island. Many of the witnesses who gave oral evidence had
travelled long distances, some of them hundreds of miles, to do so; these, coming
from places which we were unable to visit, gave us great assistance, and their
evidence, combined with that of witnesses who lived either in St. John's or in
places which we visited, enabled us to form a complete picture of conditions in the
Island. To all who came before us, as well as to those who communicated with us,
we are greatly indebted, both of their evidence, and for the helpful spirit in
which that evidence was presented.
637. We desire also to record
our indebtedness to the owners of business establishments in Newfoundland, the
United Kingdom and Canada for the ready access which they gave us to their
premises. The insight which we were thus able to gain into the working of the
various industries, and the detailed information with which we were supplied,
proved of great value in the course of our Inquiry. For the courtesy with which
we were everywhere received, we are deeply grateful.
638. While in Canada, we
received much assistance from members of the Canadian Civil Service in connection
with certain technical aspects of our Inquiry. We would take this opportunity of
expressing our thanks to the Prime Minister of the Dominion, the Right Honourable
R.B. Bennett, for permitting us to draw so freely on the resources of the
Government Departments at Ottawa. We are especially grateful to Mr. J.T. Johnston
and Mr. N.T. Allan for their skilful work in the preparation, from material
supplied in Newfoundland, of the maps accompanying this Report.
639. Throughout our stay in
Newfoundland we were in constant touch with the various Government Departments; and
we desire to express our gratitude to the Ministers and officials concerned for the
memoranda and detailed information so readily supplied to us. From all alike we
received every courtesy and assistance. We are also indebted to Mr. H.J. Russell,
the General Manager of the Newfoundland Railway, and his staff for the excellent
arrangements made for our visit of inspection of the outports in April; and to the
magistrates, clergymen and others for the trouble taken by them in facilitating the
hearing of evidence in the places which we visited. Acknowledgement is also due to
the assistance given to us by the late Mr. E.G. Hall in preparing the maps which
formed the basis of those now reproduced, and by Dr. Harold Thompson, the Director
of the Fishery Research Bureau, in connection with our visit of inspection to Bay
640. We would pay a special
tribute to the work of our own staff, Mr. W.J. Bartle and Mr. F.J. Purll, assigned
to us by Your Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, and gratefully
acknowledge the untiring energy and devotion with which these officers discharged
641. Our task has been greatly
aided by the valuable services of our Secretary, Mr. P.A. Clutterbuck, of the
Dominions Office. Apart from his ordinary secretarial duties, we are indebted to
him for his constant and able assistance of our Report; and his intimate knowledge
of the various branches of our Inquiry was of inestimable benefit to us.
ALL OF WHICH WE HUMBLY
SUBMIT FOR YOUR MAJESTY'S GRACIOUS CONSIDERATION.
St. John's, Newfoundland.
4th October, 1933.