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No. 614.

AFFIDAVIT OF RALPH PARSONS.


In the Privy Council.

IN THE MATTER of the BOUNDARY between the DOMINION OF CANADA and the COLONY of NEWFOUNDLAND in the LABRADOR PENINSULA.

      I, RALPH PARSONS of Montreal, Canada, make Oath and say as follows:—

      1.  I spent 25 years on the Labrador Peninsula. I was 2 years at Cartwright and 5 at Rigolet. I then went to North West River and after that to Cartwright for 4 years. After that I went to the Ungava section of the Peninsula for 9 years, being for 2 years of that time travelling at intervals from Quebec to St. Augustine's. Then I resided at St. John's, Newfoundland and travelled in the Canadian and Newfoundland Labrador district which covers an area between Blanc Sablon and Port Harrison in Hudson Bay. During the last 4 or 5 years I have also travelled in the territory east of Montreal.

      2.  I was at North West River for the three years 1905-7. The permanent Settlers, who subsist principally on furring in the winter, used constantly to go inland hunting and trapping 150 miles or more and often as far as height of land. There were some 200 or 300 Montagnais Indians definitely attached to North West River and they also travelled far into the interior on their hunting expeditions.

      3.  Goods supplied to the Settlers and Indians round North West River Post were brought up via Hamilton Inlet and duty was paid on such goods to the Newfoundland Government.

      4.  The Newfoundland Game Laws were enforced against the Settlers and I remember a man residing on the Labrador Coast being fined $100 for killing animals out of season.

      5.  When I was at North West River lumbermen operating there used to work as far inland as Mud Lake, 40 miles from Sandy Point, the entrance to Goose Bay, and Cruisers went much further up. I myself travelled up the Nascopie or North West River about 40 miles from the Settlement and also went up Goose Bay and some 20 miles along the Hamilton River. In addition I went some 5 or 6 miles up the Kinamon.

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      6.  I should estimate that there were about 1,000 Settlers in Hamilton Inlet when I was there.

      7.  In the fall of the year the tide at North West River was very strong and the water gets brackish.

Sworn at 353 Strand in the Country
      of London, this 4th Day of
      March 1926.
RALPH PARSONS.

        Before me,
               FRANCIS W. LUCK,

A Commissioner for Oaths.






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18th March, 1925—AFFIDAVIT OF JOHN GRIEVE.



Vide Part VIII E, No. 545, p. 1483.

[1927lab]

 

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