In conclusion, I beg to report that the census was carefully taken the past year. As a result I find that there are four hundred and forty-one Indians in this supervision, consisting of two hundred and twenty-four inches and two hundred and seventeen females; also the total number of birth was sixteen and deaths fourteen. The decrease thirty-four in the whole agency, when compared with the report of last year, is largely due to the removal of Indians from New Brunswick to parts of the State of Maine and other places, with a fair prospect of not returning to the province.
SIR, - I have the honour to inclose my annual report, with tabular statement, for the year ending 30th June, 1896. Beyond the information contained in my last report there is very little to note this year.
Vital Statistics. - There has been some sickness among the Indians at Lequille and two deaths. There have been no births. The population at present is seventy-eight, a decrease of two compared with last year, the result of two deaths and two Indians having moved away. These Indians frequently move from place to place.
Health and Sanitary Condition. - The health of the Indians of my agency at the present time is good, there being no sickness of any kind amongst them. Sanitary regulations have been attended to: the interior of their houses are clean and well ventilated.
Education. - Education is rather neglected. There are ten children attending school, and an average of seven. The teacher is of grade C. These children are in the primary department, reading, writing, and arithmetic. Their parents do not keep them as steadily at school as they should do.
Religion. - These Indians are all Roman Catholics, and attend to their church very strictly, which is at Annapolis town.
Characteristics. - These Indians have become sober and some of them quite industrious. There is one family at Paradise, the Labador, that is very industrious; but I cannot say the other, are so industrious. They do try to make a fair living. They are not poor, but try to get all they can from the department. They do not care much about working the soil and rather neglect their crops.