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THE EMIGRANTS TO CANADA.

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THE EMIGRANTS TO CANADA. In the House of Commons, on Monday evening, Mr. Alderman Salomons asked the First Lord of the Ad- miralty whether he bad received from the commanders of the Crocodile and the Serapis, which conveyed work- men recently discharged from the Government estab- lishments at Portsmouth and Woolwich, any reports as to the conduct of such workmen during the voyage, and as to their disposal on their arrival in the Dominion of Canada; and inquired if those reports could be laid upon the table. Mr. Childers About 1,100 persons have been taken in the Crocodile and the Serapis to Canada during the last two months. They were selected with very great care from among the workmen who have been em- ployed for some time either in the Dockyard or in the Arsenal, and their conveyance to Canada, although in Her Majesty's troopships, was under the management of the Emigration Commissioners, and it has been carried out with complete success. From the com- mander of the Crocodile we have a report dated May 7, to this effect "The emigrants are landed 'all well,' and I have much pleasure in reporting that from the time they have been on board the Crocodile their conduct has been everything that could be desired, and no body of men could have given less trouble. I may here state that the chaplain and surgeon, with the paymaster and other officers, have been unremitting in their zeal and desire te carry out their Lordships' instruc- tions, and the emigrants have not been remiss in expressing their gratitude for the kindness shown them." This is the report from the commander of the Serapis:— Quebec, May 16,1869. The emigrants have behaved well, and I am happy to inform their lordships that, the passaga being a smooth one, they have experienced little or no discomfort." With reference to the latter part of the question, the disposal of the emigrants on their arrival at the Domi- nion of Canada, we have thia report from the emigra- tion agent at Quebec :— "May 31, 1889. "From information recently forwarded to me, I learn that these people were judiciously distributed among the rural districts in his neighbourhood, and that no difficulty was experienced in obtaining Immediate employment for them." We shall be happy to lay the papers on the table M soon as they are complete. Commending the subject of Emigration to those who have enough and to spare," the Rev. John F. Kitto, St. Matthias Parsonage, Poplar, writes :— I trust that you will give me a few lines In your paper to inform the friends of emigration and of the emi- grants how satisfactory are the reports which have been received concerning those who have been sent out this season to Canada. Mr. Stafford, the immigration agent at Quebec, writes that all the emigrants who had reached that port had been satis- factorily disposed of. Accounts received from private sources speak of the uniform good behaviour of the emigrants during the voyage. Letters received from the emigrants themselves testify to the kind- ness which they met with from the officers of the ships and from the agents of the Dominion Government. The Canadian papers, writing on the same subject, point to the contrast between the present activity of the Government and what they call the miserable policy manifested last year by the Emigration Department." On the whole, nothing can be more favourable than these several accounts, coming from so many different quarters. Our emigrants have been welcomed and provided for, swal- lowed up in the inexhaustible demand for labour in the Do- minion. The committee of the British and Colonial Emigra- tion Fund can have no cause to regret that they acted upon the representations made to them on this head. Surely, it must seem to be a cruel thing (that the Crocodile, which we understand was to have made a second voyage, cannot again be made available for want of funds, though there are hundreds who would willingly go if the opportunity were afforded them. The committee are obliged to hesitate to send out the 200 which can be taken in the Dacia, because public contributions come in so slowly. The Lord Mayor of London has expressed his willingness to receive any contributions that may be sent to the Mansion-house, and his hearty co-operation ought to show that emigration is not of necessity detrimental to the interests of large employers of labour.

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