AFFIDAVIT BY WILLIAM 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.
THE DOMINION OF CANADA of the one part
— and —
THE COLONY OF NEWFOUNDLAND of the other part.
I, William Ralph Parsons, District Manager of St. Lawrence-Labrador District of the HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, being duly sworn, depose and say that :
1o—For twenty-five years, that is, from 1898 to 1924, I occupied various positions for the HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY at various Posts on the Labrador Coast, extending from Blanc Sablon to Cape Chidley and Ungava Bay ;
2o—During this period, I became fully acquainted with the habits and customs of the fishermen who visited the Labrador Coast ;
3o—These habits and customs are, to-day, the same as have prevailed on the Coast for the last twenty-five years ;
4o—The fishermen land on the Coast for the purpose of curing, salting, drying and generally husbanding their fish ;
5o—The fishermen, for their general requirements, penetrate into the interior for an average depth of about one mile ;
6o—These requirements include wood, for fuel purposes, and timber for repairing stages, boats, and other necessaries ;
7o—I know of no other reasons for the fishermen, in connection with the fisheries, to penetrate further than one mile within the Coast line.
And I have signed,
WILLIAM RALPH PARSONS.
Sworn before me at the
City of Montreal, in the
Province of Quebec, on the
14th day of July 1924.
CLARENCE F. McCAFFREY,
Commissioner of the Superior Court
for the District of Montreal.