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Letter of grievances addressed to the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society Clandonald Settlers Association Apr 9, 1927

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 Vermilion,   Alta.,   ipril  9tk,I9g7
From—Glandonald Settlers   association,
To    —See'v Scottish, immigration Aid  Society,
i*@ar Sirs;
I Lists been instructed by the above A8s#oiati®n to in—
form you ©f the awful plight of the sett/lers luring this
4A a meeting on trie 7th, Inst.your Supt,, Mr. Robertson
attended and was unable to gi"e a satisfas-.tery answer to
our questions, he referria" us to too., W© wljuld" like to Know
how it is that one settler nan ha*re five l®a&@ ©f h&y and any
amount of others cannot get hay atall. If approached the
Supt. says there are no funds to buy same.
We "being asked to 30111© here as Settlers were told we
were to ha,re six sows—and bv this— ©ur living was assured to
us.Thi^ is not a verbal state-ment but was printed in the $xjib
papers o"p ©ur old homes—and we have a sopy if same. We hay©
only two cows, and a great iflahy of nh did not get these
for three inonths after our arrival.
We were also "promised a brood sow and to date none has
been supplied to our "knowledge.
Spring is her® and ttierjB is no ;"-eed a®d no guarantee
of any to at this date, if seed was here we have no impli—
raents to nut same in the ground.
The irapiiments that ""ere furnished were satisfactory
with the exception or the ggfegr and rake—In some oases—as
manv as four #f these are on one section and no hay to out,
when one of each would have done. W© asked to be furnidhed
with a disc harrow in their place and were r@fu.sed by your
Supt. We as men do not ask for impossibilities, as things
jf^rSSiS exist all our Chattels and land are under agreement
to the C.P.R. @nd Scottish Aid, therefore w® have no seourit4
ies to offer any machine Qompany and under these conditions w
we ask you to sign or guarantee our notes with these companies.
The majority ©f our Agreements ware signed under protest, for
the -following renins,our horses were purchased at a reasonable price and we have to p-ay an exorbitant price for them,
for instance,and we have the proo^, some were bought for
f100.00 per team aoi we were charged from ^140.00 to 1165.00,
while some others had to pay #30.00 over the price charged
o n o < 1 r 3 o n t r a 01 s.
Our cows were a very common lot, and in a gre-at many &&.&
cases could hardly be called cows, for these we were charged
#47.50 and the same kind of cattle could have been bought
last April for prices between ^T8.00 to .io5.00, one instance the cows were bought for $56.00 and the Settler is
charged $47.50 each. —
■rere told by y4 ir SM-P^firitendeiit that no feed oats
could be furnished atall to sarrv on toe work for the sum —
mwr an 1 that, groceries for the families could not be fur-^
nishel doeing this season either.
[jj view of these facts which we have laid before you the
Olandonald Settlers Association do hereby ask you to send
a man or men qualified to investigate our conditions without prejudicw.
SeCy Clandonald  Settlers   ass.,
yerrailiem,   Alta.


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