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Newfoundlanders' Grievances.

The discussion continues-in the English Prass as to the best means of settling the Newfoundlanders' grievances. The™'St. fames' Qazette " points out that it is the commercial rivalry between France and Newfoundland m the matter of dried cod— the question of bounties and bait—and not the indifference of the mother country to the interests of her oldest colony, that blocks the way. The real grievance m NeAvfoundland is not that French fishermen exercise (or overstep) their treaty rights on the "shore," but that the French fishermen on the Banks receive heavy bounties from, theirown Government, and are thus enabled to undersell <"he Newfoundlanders, m Italy and Spain. If an arrangement js to be come to, there clearly must be some compromise j and ppssibly this may be found m a temporary adjustment of the whole dispute, similar to that effected between Canada and United States m 1854, and again m 1871. Butthereseems to be a growing opinion that there can be no permanent solution of the difficulty short of the entire extinction of French rights m the colony, by purchase or otherwise, The delegates complain of the remarks passed upon the colonists' argument that ** the lobster is no fish." The Newfoundlanders urge not that the lobster is, not a fish, but that it is not the fish meant by the treaties—cod fish. They do not argue m this case that " canning" a, fish is not drying it, but that canning a lobster | is not the drying of cod fish permitted by the treaties. M. Franc.ois Deloncle, m "Galignani, "states fchalj <' the NewfojinciJander^ supplied some/1&6O0 barrels of, herrings annually to the French, m spite of the enactment of the Newfoundland Legislature, which forbids them to supply bait of any kmd to our fishermen. The Americans literacy set this law at clefiance, and, m t\\e very te.eth of the Newfoundland functionaries, they cato,h herrings, sell them to the Frenchmen on the French shorq, a.nd to some extent supply the shipowners of Saint-Pierre-et Miquelon. The Newfoundland functionaries dare not object to this fraud, committed by citizens of the all-powerful United States, the,} simply close their eyes to the, injury which is being done to the poor, native fishermen, who, moreover, detest the loeai government more and more every 4ay. Ai the last elections the adyoi?a.i>e& of the Bait Bill were uniformity, "beaten, and, if I am well informed;, the, delegates belonged to the minority which suffered defeat, at those elections. The agity^ojri they have, aroused can thjere^ore oftfy- b,e considered a fact^s, raovenVent j they ajpfi gracing m the name of a few substantial traders at St. John's who would like to get rid of the French, so as to have a monopoly of the fishery of the island and on the Great Bank, and they would thus be able to trade on the mincer Newfoundland fishermen a.t tl^eiv.easie,''*.

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Newfoundlanders' Grievances., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890

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Newfoundlanders' Grievances. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890

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