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GRENFELL MISSION AIDED BY "WAPS" FROM HARVARD

STARTED IN 1892 WITH A SINGLE HOSPITAL ON A SCHOONER

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Harvard men are known as "waps" in Labrador. At least such is the official title of four Harvard students who have been with Dr. Grenfell's mission in Labrador for the past summer. According to G. D. Krumbhaar '26, the foreman of the "waps", their job is anything from scrubbing floors in the hospitals to preaching sermons in the churches.

Students from all over the world are attracted to Dr. Grenfell's mission, which has now been in activity for over 30 years. In 1892 Dr. Grenfell's attention was called to the poor living conditions existing among the thousands of fishermen who with their families and goods travel to the Labrador coast to fish for cod. In this large colony of fisher folk, however, there are no opportunities for medical or educational attention, and it was to meet this great need for medical service, that Dr. Grenfell equipped his first hospital, which took the form of a small schooner.

With the increasing interest, which the world has shown in its work, the scope of the mission has now widened considerably. It now not only attends to the transient fisher population, but also to the natives who are found to be quite intelligent when afforded an opportunity for education. From the one hospital on the ship, the mission has grown to have four hospitals on land, and in addition to this a number of churches, schools, and libraries. It is in order to run these establishments that the mission each year calls for volunteers who pay their own expenses to come to Labrador and work as "waps".

The Harvard men who were doing this work in the mission last summer were G. D. Krumbhaar '26, D. J. Baldwin '25, J. A. Haistead '27 and E. E. Goodale '28. There are still three jobs to be filled, one of them requiring an expert motorboat mechanic. Information may be obtained from G. D. Krumbhaar '26 at Randolph 5.

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