SIR, - I have the honour to transmit my annual report and tabular statement for the year ended 30th June last.
Vital Statistics. - The Abenakis Band of St. Francis numbers three hundred and seventeen.
Health. - There have not been any contagious diseases amongst these Indians during the past year. Nevertheless there were more deaths than usual.
Education. - The schools on the reserve were well attended during the past year, particularly at the close of the year. Several of the children made decided progress.
Conduct. - The conduct of the Indians generally was better than during the previous year.
Occupation. - Most of them employ their time making baskets and other fancy articles, which they sell at good prices.
Temperance. - The number of Indians addicted to drunkenness has decreased this year and it is to be hoped that next year will see a still greater improvement in this respect.
SIR, - I have the honour to submit my annual report and tabular statement for the year ended 30th June, 1896.
The River Desert Agency is so called from the Desert River, which bounds the reserve from the mouth of the Eagle to the Gatineau River.
Maniwaki Reserve. - The reserve comprises the township of Maniwaki.
Location. - This reserve is on the Gatineau River, in the county of Ottawa, province of Quebec, about ninety miles from the city of Ottawa. It is bounded on the east by the Gatineau, on the south by the township of Bouchette, on the west by the county line, on the north-west, and north by the Eagle and Desert Rivers, which separate it from the township of Egan.
Area. - This reserve comprises about forty-five thousand acres. In this area are included several lakes, the Bitobee, Congua, Big Cedar, Little Cedar, Pickanock, & c.
Resources. - The land on the reserve is generally good, and although there is some waste land, the greater portion is well suited for agriculture.