St. Thomas, Out., April 25, 1901.
A. B. Ingram,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa.
Press for six months' hoist because insufficient notice, &c. Delegates from all subordinate courts meet August. Recent Ontario legislation displeasing many. Am writing.
S. W. E. YOUMANS, EDGAR SANDERS.
That was the telegram I did not receive in time to present to the committee last Friday. Now, the last letter I received reads like this :
St. Thomas, Ont., April 25, 1901.
A. B. Ingram, Esq., M.P.,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ont.
Dear Sir,-Replying to your kind favour of yesterday, I may say that I will wire you to-night as suggested by you. There is no doubt at all that this matter of proposed legislation was brought on quite suddenly and our members here as well as members of other courts who have written to some of us feel that the executive were attempting to rush through the Bills, namely, that one which has been passed in the local House, and the one Which is now pending before the Dominion House. The first notice which we received here of the Bill in the local House was through the public press and the notices which were sent out on behalf of the executive council did not reach us until the matter was well under way at the parliament buildings. The assurance which you have received in Ottawa that a large delegation attended before the Ontario legislature and after they had heard the discussion of the Bill left for their homes entirely satisfied, we feel is not strictly correct. A letter containing that assurance was received by me some days ago. Inclosed you will find front page of the Ancient Forester, the official organ of the order, in which there is no doubt that the executive council have endeavoured to put this new legislation lately obtained from the Ontario government, in its most favourable light. Upon perusing this sheet of the Ancient Forester, you will see that even that organ does not claim that all those who attended went away entirely satisfied. Since the obtaining of the Act of parliament of Canada, chap, 91, 1898, a number of things in our order have not been as satisfactory to the members at large as they were before the obtaining of that Act, and until sufficient time is allowed to permit the full discussion and complete understanding of the reason why a Bill to supplement that Act is being applied for, and the full scope of the present Bill, we feel that nothing can be done. As mentioned to you in my former letter, the Subsidiary High Court meeting will be held in August. There will be present representatives from all the subordinate courts, and then matters can be fully threshed out, and until after the meeting has been held we think it would be in the interests of the order that the legislation that has been
asked for be not granted