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from The Treasury of Newfoundland Stories, published by Maple Leaf Mills Limited, in 1961
I have had the honour and pleasure of being associated with Maple Leaf Mills in the preparation of the "Treasury of Newfoundland Stories" and I have been greatly impressed by the quality of the stories submitted.
These stories breathe the outport life of Newfoundland, and with it the comedy and the tragedy in the everyday life of the people. Much of this has passed or is passing away with the development in communications that has taken place in the Island and the way of life depicted here is changing.
I know of no other collection of stories that so truly reflects the life of the Newfoundland outports, and Maple Leaf Mills are to be congratulated on preparing and thus preserving this collection of stories which otherwise would be lost to posterity.
In days to come these stories will be treasured by all those who wish to recall something of the way of life of their forbears.
Every story in this collection has a foundation in fact and is told vividly and with sympathetic understanding of the kind of life experienced in our outports.
Note:Mr. Janes is Editor of Debates at the House of Assembly in St. John's, Editor of The Newfoundland Quarterly, and is one of Newfoundland's best-known historians.
This page transcribed by James
REVISED: August 2002 (Terry Piercey)
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