New Zealand Tablet, Volume XV, Issue 45, 2 March 1888, Page 19
The total depopulation of Iceland appears to be threatened. A scheme has been set afoot iv Manitoba to transport thither the 75,000 Icelanders still remaining iv their native country, together with their flocks and herds. This would bs nn exodus as complete as was that of the Children of Israel from Egypt. There has been a steady flow of Icelandic emigration to Canada for the last fiteen years, yet the population is said to ie still too large for the resources of the Island. The wiping out of so interesting a people would be a matter of vr I'versal regret ; but Iceland, although ttie conditions of life are hard, will doubtless still continue to have attractions for a substantial remnant, especially when the superfluous population is drawn off. The Icelanders settled in Manitoba have grown so numerous and pi ospeious that they are ftble to support several newspapers printed in their own language. Th" culom.'s of Gimli, Thingvalla, and New Iceland are in a most flourishing condition, and are already sending ollshoots into other parts of the Canadian North- West under tne auspices of the Icelandic Society.