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Expulsion Of The Whites From The Indian Reserve (1878) | Surnames: Dawes, Giroux, Laurier, Meloche, Poirier

Surnames: Dawes, Giroux, Laurier, Meloche, Poirier

THE EXPULSION OF THE WHITES FROM THE INDIAN RESERVE BEING PROCEEDED WITH.

The Indian Act of 1876 provides that no person other than those of Indian origin shall reside with the Indian reserves, and for some time a contest has been waged to carry the law literally into effect. The feeling caused gave rise to considerable trouble, with which the death of Meloche in the fatal fire was closely connected.

Four months ago several warrants of expulsion were issued by J.P. Dawes, Esq., J.P., of Lachine and other magistrates, and several families were quietly removed from the village. Last Thursday Bailiff Joseph Laurier went out and found that three persons who had been two months before expelled, had returned to the home which they were not entitled to occupy. As the weather was very bad, he simply gave them notice to withdraw, which they promised to do.

Yesterday word was received that they had not gone, and accordingly Bailiff Laurier returned and expelled them again. Among those thus removed are Jean Baptiste Giroux, fils, inn-keeper, and Antoine Poirier, who repaired to a house on some ground purchased by the Grand Trunk Railway, which is not considered within the reserve.

Source:  The Montreal Daily Witness – Nov. 19, 1878

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