p. 1584 N
EXTRACTS FROM TOILERS OF THE DEEP, 1896.
pp. 305 and 306.
EXTRACT FROM LETTER BY DR. GRENFELL.
We went on our journey again in the afternoon, and reached Shecatica Harbour. The residents here are few in number and very poor. But for the generosity again of Newfoundland fishermen these Canadian settlers would be starving; and what they will do next winter it is hard to say. The Canadian revenue steamer has not yet reached this part of the coast, and the people have long been out of flour and other foods.
The Canadian Government made some years ago what they considered a final settlement of the poor relief question for the coast. They offered all who would leave a passage away; any who stayed would get no further relief. The Newfoundland Government, with all their difficulties, have done better than that for their people, for they at least recognize that the poor are always with us, and there is no such thing as a final settlement of the question. I don't think Government relief good; it is, however, a necessary evil, and unless the Canadian Government either relieve or give these families a passage off the coast this year, it will be an indelible disgrace to them, for they live a life of chronic starvation.