Last night in Erskine Presbyterian church, the pastor, Rev. Mr. A. E. Mitchell preached an eloquent sermon, taking his text from 1 Corin-thans, xvi. 13 : ' Watch ye ! Stand fast in the faith. Quit ye like men. Be strong.' He made a touching reference to the late Sir Oliver Mowat and said that he was one of the cleanest and best politicians Canada had ever seen. Continuing, the minister said, ' that the kind of men who were wanted in public life to-day were manly men, brotherly men and Godly men, not men of the Gamey-Stratton type, but men who were not afraid to remain in the House of Commons during prayer. It is a shame,' said the speaker, ' that only thirteen members out of two hundred and thirteen would be present in the House and the Speaker waiting for a quorum to open parliament. The other members were living at ease on their $1,500 a year and travelling around the country on passes enjoying themselves. It. is robbing the country.'
Now, Sir, I cull attention to this because I do not think I have missed prayers more than once. I can count noses on the other side of the House-I cannot do so as well on this side-and I notice that there are always on the other side during prayers more members than this gentleman says were in the House. I hope, therefore, that ministers of the gospel will take his advice, and he not only God-fearing men, but truthful men, who will tell the truth on all occasions, whether in the pulpit of out of it. I call tlie' attention of the House to this matter also because I think that even this paragraph may induce more of the members to be here on time.