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G. RELIEF OF DISTRESS.



No. 1602.

EXTRACT FROM “ AMONG THE DEEP SEA FISHERS.”*

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July, 1915.

From the United States, besides financial aid, we have sent us for distribution much clothing, which the Newfoundland Customs allows to come in duty free, on condition that it is not sold for cash. But it is a cardinal point with us not to pauperize the people—therefore we try to get some return for everything. In the man, it may be labour ; as we travel hundreds of miles on the coast with dog teams, we can employ certain men as drivers and pilots, and when we are extending our stations we can offer well paid labour. The women are given an opportunity of earning their clothing, which they then value all the more highly, by such industries as spinning and weaving, and they can make up fancy work specimens out of any bits of fur, sealskin, or other things which their husbands cannot sell, and a market has been found for these in the United States.
The Newfoundland Government also makes us financial grants, and from time to time gives us supplies of building material to extend our stations ; and they entrust us with magisterial powers. Then we have many loyal helpers in St. John's.

* The following passage was written by Dr. Harry Paddon, Medical Officer in Charge of the Grenfell Mission Hospital at Indian Harbour.

[1927lab]


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